North Fork Patch Turns 2 — Thanks For Following Us!

Last year, we were just trying to get noticed. This year, we’re notorious (in a good way) – let us know what you think.

Every year, the Maritime Festival marks the end of summer for Greenporters — but it also marks the anniversary of life for North Fork Patch.

And this year, we turned 2 as of Sunday —And as I shared with regional editor Henry Powderly Monday morning, it’s been the longest, fastest two years of my life.

“Yep, definitely Patch physics, time speeds and crawls at the same time,” he said.

So true. Let me share with you part of an interview I did with Peter Kreppein, a local young man who is currently studying digital media at the University at Albany-SUNY and who has contributed to North Fork Patch during his downtime, for one of his class assignments.

“When Patch opens a new outlet, it is the task of the local editor to build that new outlet from the ground up. Not only do editors write, report, assign, and edit, but they are also in charge of making the local site a success both in hits and dollars. In addition to being in charge of keeping the site fresh with new content, they are also tasked with developing relationships with local businesses on the site, and promoting the website among local residents. It is, without a doubt, a full time job.

“Being the equivalent of the butcher, baker, AND candlestick maker is challenging, but can also be very enjoyable. Part of what makes it enjoyable is the rapid growth that many Patch outlets have experienced. Erin remarks: ‘When North Fork Patch made its debut, it was a challenge to get content for the site and for people to know we even existed. Now, I get hundreds of emails a week both from people wanting to contribute content, from businesses wanting to advertise — and the amount of reader feedback and participation is unbelievable now. It’s awesome, really.’”

It is awesome, really. Patch sites across the region are seeing an uptick in users actually using the site to post events and announcements. Commentary on news stories is regularly robust and always interesting. And I can only hope that we’ve helped anyone in the community who wants to promote whatever it is they are passionate about — their business, their dance class, their annual Maritime Festival.

As we do every day, we want to hear your thoughts on North Fork Patch — what you like, what you don’t like, what we are doing right, what we are doing not-so-right. Feel free to comment in the boxes below.

And I look forward to another two years covering news and happenings on this beautiful peninsula called the North Fork ...

Thanks for sticking with us,

— Erin

Tom Edmonds September 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I read North Fork Patch everyday and depend on it for local news and events. You have created a community kiosk for our area that has not existed since the Long Island Traveler closed in 1990. Happy Birthday. Tom Edmonds
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Colleen Pickering Clark said on Facebook: "I think your hard work shows...you keep us on the North Fork informed! Thanks!"
Howard Thompson September 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Congrats on your 2nd anniversary, Erin, keep it coming. NF Patch is a valuable resource, well presented and often quite fascinating...'robust' comments and all!
Mike Burke September 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Congratulations on your second birthday. Keep up the good reporting of our community. Patch is getting better each day.
dennis haeg September 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
without the patch we would be in tatters!
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Dennis - lol - I hope that's not really true but thanks! Thanks to everyone for the compliments and support :)
Jen Lew September 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM
You do a great Job Erin!
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thanks Jen - and thanks for your helpful blogs on using social media


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