As the Route 60 Sentinel prepares to move into April, I thought it might be a good idea to take stock of what has been accomplished in the short time that we have been online.
Before I go any further, I want to thank all of our readers. Some of you are really loyal and I would like to thank you for that. Some are occasional readers and that is fine too, so we’d like to thank you as well.
For a website like this to flourish, there are some key ingredients that are need to work. Readership + Writers/Stories = Success. Well, our readership is going pretty well. It could be more, but we are actually fine with the level it is at currently. You see, when we started Route 60, we wanted our early months of existence to be a trial run. We wanted to get our feet wet (so to speak) and work out some of the kinks behind the scenes.
For the most part, this testing phase has gone well. We have a great working relationship with KFRLive.com, which helps provide current news and information for all of Kingfisher County. Going forward, we’d like to pick up some correspondents in other areas of Northwest Oklahoma. If you know of anyone in these small towns in our area that would like to write, please let them know about our website.
Many of you have become fans of our various other features such as Library Kat’s “Living with the Voices” column. We would also like to add more creative writing to the website. Short stories, poems,or any other forms of writing would be great.
We are also constantly trying to improve the content that already exists on our website. Just within the past few weeks, a few new features have been added. The Route 60 Sentinel radar page has become a bit more detailed. This is entirely thanks to the Route 60 Sentinel becoming an affiliate of iMap Weather. iMap Weather provides an extraordinarily detailed map that can combine both satellite and radar imagery. The new radar on our website now focuses just on Northwest Oklahoma and not the entire U.S. map.
Another new item is the addition of current news and sports stories on the main home page. They are located on the right side of the website above the Route 60 Word Cloud.
There are two areas that we know we have to improve in before we can consider things a full success. Without a doubt, we need more articles. While we are proud to offer news from many national news outlets such as Fox News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and many others, we need to do better in areas of Northwest Oklahoma. While our own staff needs to do more in the way of writing, we do need some help. We need to find more people willing to help with the writing process. So, if you would like to contribute in any way, we’d like to hear from you!
Another area we need to do improve upon is getting the word out about Route 60. We have ads currently running on Google and we have other things planned to help. We will eventually have some posters or flyers to distribute and hang. Once that it is available, we will also have a version that you can print and hang in your area to help us out.
If you want to join the volunteer staff, help with flyers, advertise with Route 60, or just have a suggestion, let us know!
Until next time,