Just in time for summer, we’ve launched a new addition here at My Ballard: an email newsletter with a preview of weekend events, both here in Ballard and in surrounding North Seattle neighborhoods. We’re also planning to add a few neighborhood deals in the near future, too. You can sign up painlessly right here, and […]
We’re happy to officially announce the launch of three new neighborhood news sites in our community network here in North Seattle: Maple Leaf Life, Wedgwood View and My Wallingford. This is Next Door Media’s first expansion since the network grew from My Ballard to a total of five sites a little more than a year […]
Update: We switched My Ballard to “the cloud” overnight, which is a techy way to say we’ve upgraded to a bigger web host that can handle more traffic. Our switch has gone well — and should be transparent — but if you notice any issues, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re excited to announce that My Ballard has just won an Online Journalism Award for community collaboration, edging out the LA Times and Miami Herald. This is an incredible and surprising honor, and the accolades go to you, our Ballard neighbors who have made this site a special place. We’ve said from the beginning that […]
We just learned that My Ballard has been nominated for a national Online Journalism Award for community collaboration. Again, further proof that the neighborhood is powering My Ballard, not us. Thank you, everyone!
We’re excited to announce an editorial partnership with the Seattle Times that encompasses My Ballard and the rest of Next Door Media’s sites, PhinneyWood, Queen Anne View, Magnolia Voice and Fremont Universe. The partnership originated with a grant by American University’s J-Lab, which aims to explore how established media companies can work together with promising neighborhood news sites.
You may have noticed over the last several weeks that SeattleTimes.com and MyBallard.com have been linking each other on stories, and that’s a component of the partnership. We’ll be exploring other ways to work together in coming weeks and months. Our friends at West Seattle Blog, Capitol Hill Seattle and Rainier Valley Post are also part of the partnership.
This is a testament to all of you — our readers, contributors and advertisers — who have helped make My Ballard a part of the neighborhood. My Ballard is powered by the neighorhood, not us. The vast majority of stories originate from our readers, and now some of the best stories will be linked from Seattle’s largest news site. We’re very pleased that the Times has chosen to work together with organic, neighborhood-grown news sites instead of creating competing efforts designed to draw advertising dollars away from the neighborhood.
And, of course, we’d also like to thank the editors of Next Door Media sites in our nearby neighborhoods: Doree Armstrong and Dale Steinke at PhinneyWood.com, John and Loree Schoonover at MagnoliaVoice.com, and Thea Chard and Judy at QueenAnneView.com.
The press release from the Seattle Times follows below…
Just a reminder that we’re holding our first-ever My Ballard meetup at Bergen Place (map) today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dante will be there selling his Inferno Dogs, and DJ Disco Vinnie from Romanza will be spinning the tunes. This is also an opportunity to buy your Loyal Heights Block Watch t-shirt. And don’t […]
Next Tuesday evening, we (The Geeky Swedes) invite you to come say hello at Bergen Place Park. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we’ll be enjoying the summer evening with the wonderful neighbors of Ballard. Dante Rivera will be out with his hot dog cart selling his famous Inferno Dogs, and DJ Disco Vinnie from […]
The economy has turned many of us into coupon-clippers, so we’ve created a coupon page with discounts and freebies at a few Ballard-area businesses. Just print and clip. We’ll be adding more coupons soon, so stay tuned…
Updated: Late Saturday night, we launched a new comments system here on My Ballard. If you’re like us, you’ve noticed the tone of My Ballard’s comments has gradually deteriorated over the last couple months. This has been a real concern for us, because we created My Ballard as a community-powered news source: a place for […]
You can always visit the Ballard events section here on My Ballard, but some of our readers have asked if they can receive a list of events via email. So we’ve created a weekly newsletter of the latest Ballard-area community events. Sign up at the top of our events page (powered by Google Groups) right […]
It’s been a very big year for Ballard. A year of change led by tremendous growth in a red-hot real estate market followed by an economic recession. A year pitting developers against preservationists, and in one case, an 86-year-old woman. And a year in which “Old Ballard” and “New Ballard,” for better or worse, became […]