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|Edgefield Daily.com tops 10,000 readers
web posted May 18, 2005
Edgefield Daily.com is pleased to announce that readership on Edgefield Daily.com has topped the 10,000 reader mark for the past 30 days. For the last 30 days Edgefield Daily.com has received 10,291 readers and is well on the way to topping 12,000 for the month of May.
"We are very pleased that so many find the work and effort of our minimal staff worthy of such attention," owner Roy Blackwell said. "We have dedicated ourselves to providing the people of Edgefield County with as much information as soon as possible, and all for free," he said.
Mr. Blackwell also thanked contributors to the site, such as the newly added columnist Dr. Skip Myers, and the INsider who quietly goes about his duties of gathering information, as well as the "Dining team" which doubles in reporting as well.
It has been a joint effort and the results are a welcomed note, "It's nice to know that what we do is appreciated by so many," Blackwell said adding that Edgefield Daily.com has not advertised and has, to date, relied on "word of mouth" to spread the news of the site. "We couldn't be happier," he said.
Mr. Blackwell said June holds a lot of new things for readers, "I can't go into it too much right now, but there will be coverage of the local area that will be unmatched in any media outlet in our area," he said. "We will be the "go to" spot for local breaking events and news," he said. A total rework of the site will take place in mid June to accommodate the improvements. "We may be off-line for as long as a week to incorporate the new additional improvements, but it will be well worth the downtime," Mr. Blackwell said.
When asked if other local print media would respond in kind by offering web access to news Mr. Blackwell said, "I hope so, but I wouldn't bet on it. They depend on selling newspapers, we depend on people wanting to know what is going on without having to pay for it." Blackwell added, "Edgefield County is ready, and prime, for the explosion a committed web based media can offer and we plan to give that to them free of charge."
Mr. Blackwell encouraged readers to submit story ideas that they feel deserve coverage that the local media ignores, "We want to know what is important to everyone, not just those who support or encourage a certain agenda," though any point of view is encouraged he said.
"We have an investigative team that has been formed to study actions of the local governments and report on their findings regularly," Blackwell said and the team should be ready to begin reporting their work in July. "There are some very disturbing revelations that will come to light involving well known and high placed individuals," he said, many of the reports will be based on official records or court records.
"We want people to know what they are not being told in the official record," Blackwell said. "Eventually the local media will be forced to cover what we report," he said, "and charge for it after it has been here for days."
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