Introducing Events On The Wight
It is with genuine delight that I can announce that Events.OnTheWight.com is now live.
How did it come about
At some point after that, Will found himself at a conference in Stoke chatting to Simon and Sal from the Ventnor Blog. They were having problems finding good ways to display event data for the Isle of Wight.
Will mentioned me to them. They emailed me and, I’m not exaggerating here, two weeks later Events on The Wight sprung into life.
Why does this make me so incredibly happy?
I go back a long way with the Isle of Wight. My great aunt Sybil lived in Bonchurch, right next door to Ventnor throughout my childhood and I spent pretty much every summer there when I was growing up. It’s a magical place, only enhanced by my skewed childhood memories which are always of blue sky and glorious sunshine.
The summers I spent in Bonchurch were some of the most joyful times of my life. So much so that I’ve been back twice this year to relive old memories. On both occasions the sun shone brightly, enhancing those childhood memories and adding to the magic. Behold some 2009 photos.
Bonchurch sea front. Ventnor is just round the corner, about five minutes walk.
So when, by complete chance, I got an email about doing an event listings site for the Island I jumped at the chance. It’s been thrilling to see the code beginning to power sites in other areas and Simon and Sal are the best possible people to be running it in the Isle of Wight.
The response to the launch has been tremendous. The Ventnor Blog announcement post generated some wonderful comments. I’ve copied a random selection below but it really is worth reading them all.
“I must say this is a brilliant idea – a one stop portal is a real asset, you despair of other offerings.”
“Fantastic. A much needed resources. Looks good, feels good, what’s not to like. Good luck with it.”
“lovin it VB! great stuff and another step forward in ruling the media-waves with community driven content.”
“Brilliant…..Sheer brilliance….Another wonderful asset for the Island community…It’s the way ahead. ”
Finally, news came a coupe of days ago that the site has been shortlisted for Hampshire Web Awards in the ‘Pride of Place’ category.
Want a version for you area?
Well get in touch and let’s talk.