13 Things to Know About Annandale Patch
Think of our site as the community water cooler — a place where you can stop by and talk about everything going on in town
On Sept. 8, 2013, we will turn three years old and a lot has happened on Annandale Patch. We've gotten to know the community and have created a large following. It's been fantastic.
We wanted to take the time to remind you why we're here and what this site is all about. Simply put, it's about you.
We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you. So get to it!
1. Comment on an Article
We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting will emanate from what readers tell us in emails, comments on our sites and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story.
2. Post an Event
Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at cooking store or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add events to our site at http://annandale.patch.com/events/new.
3. Send a News Tip
At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to Sherell Williams, Annandale Patch's (incredibly grateful) editor.
4. Post an Announcement
Post births, engagements and wedding announcements. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Just remember, our Terms of Service say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.
5. Sign Up for Newsletters
The daily Annandale Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your email every day at 6 a.m. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletter, which shows a subset of the content created and featured on our site over the last few days. It is delivered every Thursday at 10 a.m.
6. Claim Your Directory Listing
Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, email us at email@example.com. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at http://annandale.patch.com/search/listings.
7. Blog About Your Interests
In May 2011, Patch added a Local Voices section that featured local bloggers who wrote various topics and shared their personalities. Back then, you had to apply, but now anyone can blog with us (even you!). All you have to do is sign up at http://annandale.patch.com/blog/apply and your blog is set up in three easy steps.
8. Upload Your Photos and Video
Upload videos of the Annandale High School football touchdown or your little leaguer's first home run to our neighborhood photo gallery http://annandale.patch.com/pics. Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community.
9. Advertise With Us
For all advertising queries, please email our Annandale Patch Ad Manager, Jake VanWoerkom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-957-8704.
10. Review Restaurants
Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) restaurants at http://annandale.patch.com/restaurants. Or, search to find what you're craving -- you can filter results by cuisine, price or seating accommodations.
11. Social Media Engagement
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnnandalePatch and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AnnandalePatch. Immerse yourself in our content and actively contribute and engage via social media. Let's start a conversation together.
12. Send a Letter to the Editor
Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the Annandale community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. Make sure it's not longer than 300 words and email it to Editor Sherell Williams at email@example.com.
2. Download the Patch App to Your Phone
Patch offers a free app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (available for download here). According to our App Store description, our app allows residents to:
- the most relevant local news, events and editor tweets
- the weather report and forecast
- community news, photos and videos
- Your voice, by commenting on a story
- Your photos, by uploading them to stories and business listings
- Your favorite stories and business listings, by sharing them on Facebook or via email
- Your feedback about the app, by sending it directly to our team
- Events to your iPhone’s calendar in seconds
- Your favorite stories, business listings and events for easy access (We have baked in a feature that lets users cache any Patch content for offline viewing–in airports, subways, etc.
The more Annandale Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.