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CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

CLIFF’S EDGE: Real Change is a first-rate example of a ‘street paper’

The first item to catch my eye in this particular newspaper was a column written by the newspaper’s founding director. He is writing from a conference of “street paper” representatives from around... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Happy Birthday to us – The B-Town Blog turns 6 years old today!

Six years ago today (Dec. 11, 2007 to be exact), on a dining room table in a modest home near Three Tree Point, The B-Town Blog first came unto this planet, chock full of hopes and dreams of informing... [Read more]

UPDATE: Three Highline Schools Closed Monday Due To Power Outages

UPDATE: Three Highline Schools Closed Monday Due To Power Outages

UPDATE 9 a.m. 1/23/12: Three Highline Schools are closed today (Monday, Jan. 23) due to power outages – Madrona and Shorewood Elementary Schools, as well as Big Picture Middle and High Schools. For more... [Read more]

Introducing An “Experiment In Irony”: A Print Version Of The B-Town Blog!

Introducing An “Experiment In Irony”: A Print Version Of The B-Town Blog!

Click image to download your own PDF of our print version you can print yourself. We’re trying an “experiment in irony” here at your normally online-only B-Town Blog – we’re printing... [Read more]

Welcome Our Latest News Partner: The Seattle Times!

Welcome Our Latest News Partner: The Seattle Times!

We’re proud to announce a news partnership with a Seattle-based media outlet you may have heard of – The Seattle Times – as The B-Town Blog and four of its sister sites (along with... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Grand Central Bakery To Open In Burien This Summer

B-TOWN BIZ: Grand Central Bakery To Open In Burien This Summer

Grand Central Bakery, a longtime bakery in Seattle and Portland, is building its newest location in downtown Burien, at 626 SW 152nd Street, in the building formerly occupied by Restaurante CentroAmericano. Employees... [Read more]

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 4

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 4

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories…

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 3

A Journalism Teacher Reflects On The Seattle P-I, Part 3

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition, completing a more than 145-year run. Its online presence continues. We at The B-Town Blog, while excited about the future of neighborhood blogs such as ours, lament the folding of great US newspapers, particularly those with such rich histories and stellar legacies as the P-I.

Scott Schaefer and Mark Neuman, of the B-Town Blog, worked together on their high school newspaper, The West Seattle High Chinook, a few decades back. They were fortunate enough to have as their advisor and journalism teacher a lady who truly is one of the very best in the state of Washington, Miss Dorothea Mootafes, known a little better as Dorothy, and affectionately as Miss Moo. Miss Moo has been retired from the Seattle School District for over twenty-five years, lives in the Roosevelt area of Seattle and is quite active in her church and various teacher organizations.

We recently asked her to reflect on the passing of the P-I, and let us in on her P-I memories. Today we continue a four-part Sunday series by Miss Moo…

Shameless Self-Plug: April Was Our Best Month Ever!

Shameless Self-Plug: April Was Our Best Month Ever!

Despite starting off with a somewhat-controversial April Fool’s issue where every story was fake (re-live the silliness here), April 2009 was by far the best month ever for The B-Town Blog, and for that we’d like to say:

THANK YOU READERS!

As you can see in the statistics chart below, our April traffic continued to grow to record numbers, at a steady clip of +24% for Unique Visitors (19,108) and +18% for Pageviews (over 33,000!):

Since January of this year, the number of Unique Visitors for The B-Town Blog is up by nearly +49% and +55% for Pageviews.

And since launching, our daily traffic growth has been an almost-unfathomable +7,249%!

Did we mention how thankful we are?

We credit our recent traffic surge to a few things:

  • Our ridiculous Aprils Fool’s issue became a viral hit, tripling our traffic over two full days.
  • After doing an online survey, we decided to re-focus on frequently-updated Local News and Event Listings, something we strongly believe our local media competition isn’t doing well.
  • Our continued, focused online paid Advertising efforts using Google AdWords.
  • Our ongoing focus on being involved in the community, from being an active member of Discover Burien and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce to holding various fundraisers.
  • Viral marketing efforts using Facebook and Twitter (we have some secrets too that we’re now offering on a Social Media Consultation Service, where we’ll help your business utilize these amazing tools).
  • Our recent :30-second TV spot that aired locally on CNN via Comcast Spotlight.
  • Sponsorship of the Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, which gave us eight radio mentions on KPLU.
  • The hiring of freelance journalists who bring more unique, credible coverage exclusive to The B-Town Blog (you can help us continue this cause by donating to our “Freelance Fund” which goes directly to them).

Like last year, we have a booth at the Burien Farmer’s Market, where we will serve as the one and only “official blog.” Come on by every Thursday between 11am and 3pm – we’ll be on 10th Ave SW between SW 151st and SW 152nd (and at the new location when it moves to Burien Town Square), so come over and say hi!

We’d also like to extend a special shout-out to all our Advertisers, as they are the ones who have taken a chance on our product, and hopefully are seeing rewards.

If you’re a business considering Advertising, email us for our brand new Media Kit, which includes some amazing testimonials from happy Advertisers like the Highline Athletic Club and others.

Again, thanks for being a Reader of The B-Town Blog – keep in mind we’re still in our infancy and there are a lot of great new elements coming soon!

Final Print P-I Is Tuesday; Here’s A Local Connection

Final Print P-I Is Tuesday; Here’s A Local Connection

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, will be the final print edition of The Seattle P-I, which is transitioning over to an online-only venture. The local angle for this area is that several P-I staffers live in... [Read more]

The B-Town Blog Gets Some Press

The B-Town Blog Gets Some Press

I sent our first press release out this morning after much hemming and hawing about fully/publicly “coming out” about doing this here B-Town Blog thang, and late this afternoon fielded a call... [Read more]