When we had our first post on Facebook in Dec, 2013, I had no idea where this was going… or frankly, what I was doing. All I knew is that we had some really awful policies being passed by the then-current city council, and I wanted to do everything I could to let people know about them so that we could take a stand.
I stumbled around on Facebook for a while, fumbling with my wanna-be campaign website and finally 8 month later, I launched SaveNewport.com with its first post on Aug 7th, 2014. It began getting a lot of traction thanks to people in Newport who are truly interested in our community, and recently I launched the Twitter, with its first content being tweeted on March 27th, 2015.
As the site has progressed, I have been able to keep much better records organizing through the site rather than Facebook, and have been able to provide much more timely, accurate, and concise information, as well. I’ve spent many of my own dollars to help build out this project, and I appreciate all of your support. I’ve got some great things lined up for the site in the future, too!
As a group, you guys all help me stay informed by letting me know about stories before anyone else does. There are also things that I miss– so when you say things like “You probably know about this already but…”– oftentimes I don’t! Please, keep the information coming!
This is a community project and its organic growth has been amazing to me– this week alone we have been read over 120,000 individual times (by human beings– not robots 🙂 )– while this has been a big week and we are usually a little less than half that, I really cannot thank you all enough, for all the help that everyone has put through, from contributing money to help pay for the site to talking with friends and family about political issues (and this site!) to inviting your friends over to subscribe, all the way down to something seemingly as “simple” as liking, sharing, or commenting on an article. It all makes a huge difference, cumulatively– and we are helping to save our city in the process.
Again– I really cannot thank everyone enough to make me feel comfortable that I have communicated how grateful I am for everyone’s help… but I will try, using the only words I know how, however elementary they may be: