A year ago tomorrow — March 6, 2009 — “06880” was born.
The first post described what this blog would be: open-ended conversations with a Westport angle, no matter how tenuous. I invited comments, feedback, tips — anything.
No one responded.
Things picked up soon — my 2nd post, on a Staples PTA’s “Risky Behaviors” panel — drew 3 comments. “06880” was off to the races.
Time flies when you’re having fun. Exactly 1 year later, my blog and I celebrate our 1st anniversary.
Thinking of a gift? That’s sweet. Ironically, the traditionally 1st-year gift is paper.
But I’d prefer money.
For the past year, “06880” has offered up approximately 650 posts — nearly 2 a day. Some have been international in scope — the ones on porn star Marilyn Chambers, “Paranormal Activity” star Micah Sloat and supermodel twins and “Amazing Race” stars Derek and Drew Riker still draw viewers, months later — while others are intensely local: drivers who leave the Robeks parking lot by going directly over the curb onto the Post Road. Arby’s taking advantage when Westport eased up on its sign regulations. Edyo Keehan‘s tireless work on behalf of Westport’s World War II veterans.
And it’s all been free. A public service, if you will.
In honor of my anniversary, I’m making an NPR-style plea. If you like what you hear read, please consider supporting “06880.”
Am I worth $1 a month? $1 a week? Perhaps (my choice!) $1 a day.
What you will get is the chance to help me recover a bit of the cost of registering domains, keeping “06880” ad-free, and spending an hour or 2 each day interviewing, writing, responding to comments, and scouring the web for appropriate (and occasionally inappropriate) photos and graphics.
Thanks for a great year. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, whether anyone sends an anniversary gift or not.
But it would be nice.
(Checks may be made out and sent to: Dan Woog, 301 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Put “06880” on the memo line. It won’t do anything for the IRS, but it may help you remember at tax time why you sent me some money.)