Update: West St. Paul Reader went live on May 14, 2019.
I’ve been blogging about West St. Paul since 2014. I’ve shared a lot of interesting things and met a lot of amazing people.
I like to be informed about my community. When you know what’s going on, you feel like you belong.
Now it’s time to take it to another level.
New West St. Paul Site
I’m launching a West St. Paul blog to help busy people know what’s going on. It will be called the West St. Paul Reader, and it will allow me to do a lot more:
- Hear from new voices.
- Tell new stories.
- Build a community to sustain this effort.
I’ve thought about doing this for a while, but I kept resisting it. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. This personal blog is pretty limiting, and a focused site opens up a lot of doors.
Because I can’t do this by myself.
So I’m starting an experiment to launch this blog and see what works.
I’m launching a Kickstarter project to invite people to help make this idea a reality. There are a ton of fun, West St. Paul-centric rewards at various levels:
- Original and reproduced artwork from West St. Paul’s Carolyn Swiszcz (of the “West St. Paul Song” and Zebra Cat Zebra fame).
- A coupon book featuring deals and discounts from a bunch of West St. Paul businesses.
- A meetup with Mayor Dave Napier.
- And a bunch more.
People often come up and talk to me about the things I write about West St. Paul. I know there’s a lot of interest out there, so let’s see if we can make writing about West St. Paul a more regular and consistent thing.
My goal is to create a dedicated source of info for what’s happening in West St. Paul. I want people to know what’s happening in their community and feel like they belong.
I’ll be talking more about this (of course), as the project moves forward. I’ve got 30 days to hit that initial goal of $1,000, and then there are a bunch of stretch goals I’m excited to reach. This project opens the door to so many fun things—honestly, I’m a little giddy to see how it unfolds.
I hope you’ll consider supporting it.
And thank you. Seriously, thank you. There are so many people who have been gracious and encouraging and excited. People talk about how scary it is to chase a dream—to step out and make it happen. I’m a freelancer, so I know that feeling pretty well. But this dream was a new kind of scary. I couldn’t have done it without support.
I’m incredibly grateful. Thank you.