I was frankly a skeptic when Patch was launched – we had local community blogs like Mar Vista Mom and a strong local paper in The Argonaut. Patch felt like the big corporate gorilla threatening these local resources.
Kelly Hartog won me over and convinced me to give Patch a chance. I quickly became a convert and am writing to let you know that you have created something that has become a treasured community resource. I hope we don’t lose it.
When there is a local breaking emergency, Patch is inevitably the first place I go for the closest to real time updates. Kelly Hartog has managed to insure that Venice/Mar Vista and Culver City Patch are where I will get the most comprehensive news delivered the most quickly and with the most current updates.
In local elections, Patch has insured that we learn specifically about how each candidate will influence the issues that matter most within our community – not just LA as a whole. Patch has given us an avenue to get the community fully informed about issues we are fighting for – everything from urban beekeeping to the threats facing the Ballona Wetlands.
Finally, you have become our local bulletin board and water cooler – helping us get the word out about local events, new business, community members of note – and giving us a chance to have a virtual town hall as we editorialize and respond with comments.
Look at how long it took Facebook to become profitable. I know it is a struggle to reach a model that generates income, but please don’t give up yet! At least not on the Westside of LA.
Thanks for listening,