Every day or two, we hear from folks who live outside the Lower Haight, asking if there are any Haighteration-like sites in their respective enclaves.
Plenty of San Francisco neighborhoods have great, active local blogs — the Mission, the Richmond, the Tenderloin, Bernal Heights, etc — but many remain woefully blogless.
So, we're gonna try a little experiment. We're going to take what we've learned with Haighteration, and use it to launch sister sites in a few nearby neighborhoods.
To start, we've decided to focus on three areas: Hayes Valley, the Castro, and the Upper Haight. We've picked these neighborhoods because they have a lot going on, they're geographically close to us (i.e. we're lazy), and they currently lack regularly-updated, neighborhood-focused blogs, at least as far as we're aware. But we can't run these blogs ourselves. So, we need editors. If you or someone you know lives in one of these three neighborhoods, and might be interested in the glamorous role of blog editor, please let us know. Here are the criteria we're looking for in our ideal editors:
- You're in your neighborhood a lot. It's helpful (but not crucial) if you have a flexible schedule and/or work from home.
- You have free time. Not a ton, but some. A story can take as little as 15 minutes to throw together and as much as a month to research. In general you should be ready to devote an hour or so per day to this.
- You can write. This ain't Shakespeare, but you need to be able to put together short-form content that reads easily. And you'll need to do this every day.
- You have a camera. Frequently, you'll need to take photos. Decent photos. Then you'll have to get those photos onto your computer, crop them, save them, and upload them to your blog. At times, this process will have to happen quickly. You need to be comfortable doing this, or at least learning how to do it.
- You have a computer. And you're comfortable using it. Bonus if you're already a regular user of Twitter and Facebook.
- You like people. You'll meet a lot of them. This is one of the perks of this gig (more of those in a sec).
- You like your neighborhood. Not in a crazy way that blinds you to its downsides, of course, but enough to keep you wanting to do this.
- You have a healthy curiosity. You wonder why things are the way they are. You notice minor changes in your neighborhood. You're into history, old photographs, odd trivia, and the like. (These qualities aren't essential, but actually they kind of are.)
- You have a source of income. This stuff don't pay enough to live on (yet!) — so you're definitely not in this for the money.
- You get to meet interesting people from all walks of life who, incidentally, also happen to be your neighbors
- You learn a ton about the place where you live
- People read your writing, which always beats the alternative.
- Occasionally you get invites to fun events and/or free stuff.
- You give your neighbors a forum where they can discuss and learn and rant and rave. You will be surprised by how much people appreciate this.
- You will make money from it. Not much, mind you, but a little.
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