If you have an event or business to promote, poetry to write or a message to get across to the community, there's really no better way to do it than to sign up as a North Fork Patch blogger.
Blogs are only lightly edited — we want your own unique voice and style to come through — and can serve as free advertising and great exposure if you're in business or government. If you have an opinion you want to express, blogs can be more effective than letters to the editor — they are posted as they come in and can sit on the home page of the site for quite some time. And if a blog is really well-written and timely, we'll even feature it in the top spot. Blogs get promoted on Facebook and Twitter like any other news piece and can receive thousands of hits.
Email email@example.com and we'll get you signed up as a blogger today. In the meantime, meet five bloggers who regularly publish their work on Patch:
Author Mary Agria was one of the first to sign on as a blogger. This North Fork resident writes poetically about gardening, a subject she is most passionate about. Mary is also a musician and the author of the best-selling "Time in a Garden," "Garden of Eve," and "Life in the Garden" series. Click here to visit her website.
Scott is a seasoned CPA and an expert in all things financial. His blogs have covered everything from tax advice to the economic benefits of shopping locally. He lives in Cutchogue with his wife, Veronica, and loves the small-town charm of the North Fork after a career working big-city companies. You've most likely seen Scott out and about at various community events — he's treasurer of the and a board member of the and the . Click here to visit Scott's website.
3. LeLonni Campbell: An astrologer, LeLonni is one of the East End's most prolific and popular bloggers. She has been a practicing astrologer since the 1970s. She currently has a practice that includes private consultations, classes and workshops as well as library lectures and adult education courses. LeLonni is the author of “Companion Animals through the Eyes of an Astrologer” and has been published in Dell Horoscope, and Evanescence Magazine. Go to www.astrologybylelonni.com
4. Kate Fullam: As a member of Kate is an informative environmental blogger. She joined the group's staff in 2004 as special assistant to the president and now serves as the director of community outreach. She also coordinates the kayaking events, osprey platform repair projects and volunteer activities. Kate holds a B.S. in marine science from Long Island University in Southampton and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University in Chicago. Go to www.eastendenvironment.org for more information.
If you know the wine industry of the North Fork, you know Richard Olsen-Harbich. Richard has worked in the Long Island wine industry since 1981 and is a leader in establishing regional identity and vinification techniques for the region. After graduating from Cornell University in 1983, he worked to establish Long Island’s second commercial winery in Bridgehampton, where he was among the first to market Long Island wines in New York City. Over the past 30 years he has assisted in implementing pioneering techniques for Long Island vineyards and consulting for many wineries in the eastern United States. Today as winemaker at, his work is dedicated to producing delicious hand-crafted wines through the exploration and identification of the local terroir, the use of sustainable and natural winemaking techniques and perfecting the fine art of blending.