Just over a year ago, Scott and I were wishing there was an online resource for residents to know what’s going on in Springfield. And while there were lots of local Facebook groups, we wanted an all-encompassing site that is easily searchable. So we decided to build a community website ourselves.
With Scott’s technical expertise and my overactive brain, we believe we came up with a pretty good idea. A website allows for us to collect news, events, and other information but share it in one place. Plus, it’s an easily searchable repository so that anyone new to the area can find useful information, even older stuff. Its responsive design allows it to be easily viewed on any phone, tablet, or computer.
Before we knew it, we were asking friends and neighbors what kind of other information they would like to see, and we started building.
As of November 1, 2014 the site is one year old. As a way to celebrate, we would like to tout some of our accomplishments and tell you what’s next. Here goes…
It has been a busy first year. Here is a quick summary of our work:
Content. We published exactly 100 articles and 180 events.
Views. The site has compiled 33,055 page views from 14,909 individual sessions.
Facebook. Our Facebook page acquired 770 likes.
Newsletter. and our email newsletter has registered 320 recipients.
Advertising. Businesses have noticed, too, as 35 of them have chosen to advertise with us.
Our Most Popular Articles
These are the articles grossing the most visits from you:
- Local couple making a difference for families in the NICU (1,824)
- Fire at Flourtown Pizza and Shopping Center (1,110)
- Local Impact of Suicide (1,062)
- 2014 Local Easter Egg Hunts (1,039)
- Local Woman, Denise McNamara, Continues Annual Dancing Fundraiser (577)
What’s in the works?
We are in the process of partnering with different businesses and organizations around Springfield to provide needed activities. For example, we recently helped coordinate a playgroup for parents with young children with First Presbyterian Church, the Free Library of Springfield Township, Giggles & Tickles Toybrary, and Christ’s Lutheran Church. These organizations, along with local moms, helped provide space and activities to connect residents with each other.
We are looking for other businesses and residents that want to bring unique events or activities to Springfield. If you have an idea and would like to help bring it to fruition, let us know via our contact page.
Do you have an interest in writing or photography? Let us know. We are always looking for people to contribute interesting articles to our website.
Get to Know Us
Scott and I love globetrotting as well as experiencing the sites in the U.S. That’s why we ask those we interview where they have been. Between the two of us, we have visited Australia, China, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Antigua & Barbuda, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
No matter where we go, we still love coming back home to Springfield. The towering trees all over the densely-packed, friendly neighborhoods make this a perfect spot to raise a family. We love living here, and hope you do too.
While raising a family and both working other full time jobs, it is sometimes difficult to stay on top of all of the things happening here in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience and feedback thus far. If you or someone you know has an interest in writing articles appropriate for Everyday Springfield, let us know.
Thanks to all our readers for the great feedback and for helping to spread the word about us to your friends and neighbors!