I think we’re the only blog around that WANTS to be unneeded. As everything is pretty much back to normal apart from clean-up crews, train line repairs, and a few outlying areas, we’ll be shutting down this blog (unless/until further need arises).
We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to our submitters, volunteer journalists, and helpers. The ease of modern web services such as WordPress, Twitter, and Google, and the brilliance of wireless internet has meant we could do this even when we had no power.
For those curious, our toolset included:
- Free WordPress.com blog (took 5-10 minutes to set up).
- Twitter + WP’s built-in auto-tweet function.
- Me on an iPhone + MacBook Pro tethered, Chris on an Android phone + PC.
- Scraping news via Twitter, Google News, and Google with some special queries.
- Our army of submitters 🙂
We still heartily believe that this is how local journalism should work. No-one knows the local happenings like the locals do, and no-one is more motivated to put the effort in than those that live in and love their local area. We could go on a rant here about how useless the “professional” media were last week, but I think you all get the point 😉
And lastly, of course, a MASSIVE thank you goes out to the SES, local emergency services, outside services that came in to help, and volunteers who assisted in the rescue, clean-up, and repair of the area. You guys rock! Support your local volunteer services, because they’re the ones that do the hard & dirty work when it’s needed.