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,