Thursday, December 20, 2012
Two years ago today, we officially flipped the switch to launch the site.
On Dec. 20, 2010, after weeks of going door-to-door creating business listings for the directory, introducing myself to local officials, handing out business cards and trying to explain to people what Coventry Patch was all about, I ran through a final checklist with my boss and was then given the green light to officially launch the site. Today, Dec. 20, 2012, I can honestly say that I cannot believe it's been two years already. As the saying goes, "Time flies when you're having fun." It's been a busy year here in Coventry, considering all that has gone on in this town of ours. Whether it was covering the police and fire activity in town, reporting CHS' Julie Lima Boyle being named RI Teacher of the Year, explaining the school bond …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
As the site grows, so too does the responsibility.
The Coventry Patch website is growing rapidly and inevitably, with growth comes obstacles. I would like to take a moment to address some of the questions and concerns I've received recently and share with you some tips as to how you can help to improve this website and make it a true resource for the community. The Comments While we welcome commentary on this site, I would like to ask everyone to please, keep it civil. This means try to avoid personal attacks on others, do not curse and please at least try to contribute something positive to the conversation. I moderate the comments but recently, that alone has become a full-time job. I am also a strong believer in free speech and tend to err on the side of not censoring whenever …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
We encourage comments on Patch, but we ask readers to treat others as you want to be treated.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
One year ago today, we officially flipped the switch to launch the site.
Around this time last year, I was attending the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Coventry Community Center as one of my first coverage responsibilities of my new job. "Hi, my name is Lauren Costa and I was wondering if you'd like to have your picture taken for Coventry Patch," I said enthusiastically to several parents who had brought their children to the event. "Coventry what? Patch? No thank you, I've never heard of it," said one mother as she took her child's hand and walked away. This was the reaction I had quickly become accustomed to hearing at the beginning, and to be honest, I really couldn't blame residents, especially those with children, for not wanting their picture taken and posted on "some website." Not to sound trite…