Thursday, December 31, 2009

Get your organization connected to the new Department of Neighborhoods Blog

From Ron Angeles at the Department of Neighborhoods:

Get your organization connected to DON's new Blog. Find out how below. Happy New Year.


Forwarded e-mail:

From: Maag, Lois
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:45 AM
Subject: Blog guidelines and information

As you know the Department of Neighborhoods blog has officially launched. Our blog, Front Porch, which is actually a news feed, is part of Citylink Seattle, the city's website and network of newsfeeds from 11 other departments. Our blog offers residents the latest information, events and key updates on our programs and services. As part of City link, our information is collected and fed immediately into the Citylink Seattle Web site (, where residents can view our updates, as well as those from across the city. In addition, all major media have signed up for the Citylink RSS feeds. So while I don't see the blog replacing distribution of press releases, it provides us another avenue to reach the press directly.

Front Porch is a key way to publicize information, good news, highlights and changes and additions to your program. In fact, any time you make a change on your web pages, consider writing up a short paragraph for the blog and link to your page for the details. And if one of our programs participated in, assisted, sponsored or funded a project or activity (such as the opening ceremony of an NMF project), it would qualify for our blog (and for our online calendar).

I mentioned in an earlier email that residents can sign up for RSS feeds and get information sent directly to their phones, computers or mobile devices. They just click on the RSS icon located in the upper right hand corner of the blog, and it guides them through the subscription process.

Attached are the guidelines for posting, process and writing for the blog. To get an entry posted, just write it up (using the guidelines attached) and send it to your manager in final draft for review and approval. From there, the manager will send it to Wendy Watson for posting.

Again, this can be a great tool for you to use. I hope you’ll take advantage of it. Please contact me if you have questions.


Lois Maag
Community Relations Strategic Advisor
Department of Neighborhoods
City of Seattle
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
Seattle, WA
98124(206) 615-0950 office

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