West Seattle Blog

TaglineDefining hyperlocal in both news and business
Year Founded2005
Type or CoverageHyperlocal
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)1
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active VolunteersNone
AffiliationsContent: Seattle Times
Mappin LocationSeattle - Washington
Principal StaffTracy Record
Principal StaffPatrick Sand
DescriptionIn a city that is known for its steady rain it’s not surprising that it was the weather that put West Seattle Blog on the map as well. The blog which now averages more than 80000 visitors per month according to Quantcast and is routinely cited in breaking news stories by the Seattle Times started in 2005 merely as a hobby for Tracy Record and Patrick Sand the two co-founders. But during a powerful windstorm that knocked out power up and down the West Seattle peninsula in December 2006 Record says that she got “drafted” into providing coverage going street by street to find out where utility crews were and posting the information to the site. Two years later when a rare snowstorm crippled traffic flow in the region the blog became a place not only for news but also for readers to post updates and crowdsource the information.
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/09/west-seattle-blog.php