Happy Birthday To Us! The B-Town Blog Is 1-Year Old Today

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One year ago today (Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), on a dining room table in a modest home near Three Tree Point, your B-Town Blog came unto this planet, chock full of hopes and dreams of enlightening a community, and initially only as a part-time hobby.

On that first day, we posted these two stories, linked here for your flashbackian pleasure:

Then, after several weeks of reading our own crap, something happened.

People other than our family and friends started reading it (currently we have 10,000 unique readers per month and climbing!).

And emailing news, events, listings and more. And commenting on stories.

Then, a few months later, we re-designed the site, and something even more amazing happened.

A local business bought an Ad!

And now, we’re proud to say we’ve got 30 paid Advertisers (and growing – several more are in production), three dynamic sales reps (join the B-Town Blog-o-lution and buy an Ad from either Mark Neuman, Janet Grella or Bart Bryan) a 15-year old Intern named Josh Hart, and contributing Writers like Shawn Underwood, not to mention the dozens of great Photographers, Artists and other Contributors.

We’ve also strived to differentiate ourselves from other local blogs by actually helping our community by holding fundraisers. And we’re happy to report that in our first year, we’ve helped raise over $12,000 for various needy neighbors in the area, including:

  • The Buckley Family, who lost everything they owned in a fire on Feb. 28th (we helped publicize their plight and held an online fundraiser).
  • Victims of the fatal June 29th Tara Apartment arson fires (we arranged and co-sponsored a major auction fundraiser two weeks after the blaze that brought in over $10,000).
  • Both the Highline Area Food Bank and White Center Food Bank (we held a fundraising “Blog Party” in August at BTB Advertiser Elliott Bay Brewery where we raised enough food to feed two families for a month).
  • Both the White Center Food Bank and WestSide Baby (we held an in-person “Turkeys N’Diapers” fundraiser in November at the White Center Albertsons and raised nearly $1,200 in one day).

So, please help us celebrate our one-year anniversary by giving yourself a gift – because we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Thanks, and we look forward to an even better second year!

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