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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Passyunk Post surpasses half a million unique visitors. Wow.

Not too shabby. Even Charlie agrees.

Not too shabby. Even Charlie agrees.

Hi folks,

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so we here at Passyunk Post would like to take a step back and thank all of you, our loyal readers, for supporting us for the past three and a half years. And as it turns out, there are a lot of you to thank.

According to Google Analytics, the Post’s readership has just surpassed an amazing 500,000 unique visitors since we launched in July 2012. Even more astonishing, more than 300,000 of those are readers who have returned to the site after getting a taste of our style of hyperlocal content. Mind you, only about 160,000 people live in the four South Philly ZIP codes, so it goes to show you how much people are interested in our neighborhood.

We started out with only a few posts a week, and now with more than 2,000 posts under our belt, we’re stronger than ever. We recently made a series of minor tweaks to improve the reader experience, getting rid of a bunch of unnecessary clutter and adding a handful of elements. Now on the article page, you’ll see lists of popular stories at the bottom of the text, a continuous scroll after each article to show the most recent stories and better social sharing (see that new Twitter button down there?).

We also got rid of all national advertising to focus on local businesses only and help them stand out among all the Google ads that following you.

As the new year rolls in, you’ll be seeing even more changes. More content, more writers, more advertising options — so 2016 will be our best year yet.

Thanks again for reading, and as always, if you see something you’d want to tell your neighbor about, tell us: on Twitter, on Facebook or in an email to punk@passyunkpost.com.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Albert Stumm
Publisher

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Announcing some exciting changes for Passyunk Post

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To our beloved readers:

Passyunk Post Founder and Publisher Albert Stumm is thrilled to announce the addition of two talented new staffers to the team. Joining us are James Jennings, the new Editor of the website effective immediately, and Taylor Farnsworth, our new Social Media Manager.

You may recognize James Jennings‘ name as the civic-minded force who founded the Pennsporter blog. James has been writing as a paid contributor for the Post for almost a year, focusing on Pennsport, Whitman and Queen Village. He also is the editor of the Philly edition of Curbed, a development blog with nationwide reach. He will be overseeing most of the Post’s day-to-day activities.

Taylor Farnsworth came on board as an intern two months ago and has proven herself so thoroughly that we just had to hire her. A senior journalism major at Temple University, Taylor brings a breadth of experience from a litany of internships, including at the Allentown Morning Call, Bicycling magazine and City Paper. She will oversee the Post’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts and will contribute stories.

Albert Stumm, who started Passyunk Post in summer 2012, will now serve as Publisher. He will continue to write stories for the site and will provide guidance, advice, story ideas and direction. He also will handle the Post’s advertising and business development. (As a side note, Albert also happens to be getting married on Saturday!)

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Technically Philly likes Passyunk Post – oh, and hyperlocal news

The local tech-news website Technically Philly checked in on the state of hyperlocal news, and they drew heavily on these parts for their story and video, with a particular focus on Passyunk Post founder/editor Albert Stumm.

Say hi, Albert. Screen grab from the website.

Say hi, Albert. Screen grab from the website.

They also interviewed people from the Fishtown Spirit and mentioned the Frankford Gazette, but tucked inside, there’s also a quote from Cassie Knox, who volunteers as communications committee chair for the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

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Calling all nosy writers and photgraphers!

We here at Passyunk Post have been blessed with the help of some great contributors but some of our best and brightest have moved on to bigger and better things. So we’d love to wrangle a few more.

So, if you like South Philly so much that you want to tell lots of people about it, then you should email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

We’ve already expanded past our traditional boundaries of East Passyunk and want to broaden our reach in Pennsport, Newbold, Point Breeze, LoMo, Bella Vista and Graduate Hospital. We need some help doing that through your short news stories and photo essays. You’ll get some exposure for your work, we’ll get some help increasing our coverage area and our readers get more information. Everybody wins.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

UPDATED: Join us for an online chat about our kick-ass neighborhood

UPDATE: Did you miss the chat? It was quite the free-for-all. Check it out on Newsworks’ website here.

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Are you Passyunk proud? That’s what WHYY will be asking in an online chat later today on their website, Newsworks.org.

Well, they’re also going to be asking lots of other questions about the neighborhood, like how have things changed and what still needs to change?

And color us flattered because Newsworks asked us to participate in the chat, which will be going simultaneously on the website and on Twitter with the hashtag #passyunkproud.

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And we have a winner!

Say hi, Erin!

Congratulations to faithful reader Erin Lucey, who won our contest for a $25 gift certificate to the Cantina. We picked Erin at random from more than 200 people who responded to our readership survey.

We got a lot of great information from you and really appreciate the help. Thanks so much for the great response, and thanks again for reading.

And if you’re a business looking to reach thousands of people in South Philly, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

 

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There’s still time to enter to win $25 from the Cantina!

In case you missed it last week, we’re holding a contest for a $25 gift certificate to the Cantina. All you have to do is to fill out this Passyunk Post reader survey, which is only 10 questions and will probably take you less than a minute to complete.

It’s anonymous and asks just a few questions that advertisers like to know. So, if you want us to keep on doing what we do, this can only help. The survey will close on Friday at 5 p.m., so get to it if you want FREE margaritas.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Follow this link to complete the 2013 Passyunk Post reader survey.

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