Yahoo! We did! We are proud to announce Talk of the Sound reached the 500,000 visitor mark at 2:47 PM this afternoon. The half-millionth visitor was using an iPhone to read our story on the boat burglaries at the New Rochelle Marina.
It is not that long ago that I sat on my back porch, towards the end of August back in 2008, and began cobbling together what would become Talk of the Sound. It is always good to have a plan but in the case of Talk of the Sound I just focused on getting the site set up, writing articles and waiting to be discovered by New Rochelle. We have never done any advertising or promotion, preferring to let our content speak for itself. I met with a few folks who I thought might become contributors to the site but little came of that; I think the folks I talked to could not see the potential for a site like Talk of the Sound.
On this occasion I want to say publicly something I have said to some folks privately. I have worked very hard to make a gift of my time and effort to create a platform for everyone to have a voice. In the past I have volunteered in various capacities as a baseball coach, as a soccer commissioner, mentoring and other traditional community volunteer opportunities. In 2008, having been pushed around by school officials one too many times I had enough and decided to build a communications platform to level the playing field for residents, for parents, for students in dealing with our fundamentally oppressive and corrupt twin governments. This has been my new community volunteer work
The site has now gotten large enough and takes up enough of my time that if the site is to continue I need two things -- more New Rochellians to matters into their own hands and find ways to put the site on a "going-concern" basis. I hope over the course of 2011 to convince more of you to stop sending me emails with photos and information about issues in the City and learn how to post them directly to the site and initiate your own conversations with others who share your concerns or disagree. I also hope, for the first, to make money from Talk of the Sound as a publication.
For those who have helped turn Talk of the Sound into New Rochelle's most read source of news and information in the short span of 30 months, thank you. For those who have been sitting on the sidelines -- jump in with both feet and join us. Together we can give New Rochelle what it has sorely lacked for many years -- a media outlet more concerned about "the people formerly known as the audience" than currying favor with the powerful.