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Introducing Events On The Wight

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It is with genuine delight that I can announce that is now live.

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Managed entirely independently by Simon and Sal, the fine people behind Ventnor Blog, the site is based on the same code that powers Live Brum and Live Worcs.

How did it come about

Well, at some point in the last few months I had a brief chat with Will Perrin of Talk About Local where (as it so often does with me) Live Brum came up in the conversation.

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

Bonchurch sea front. Ventnor is just round the corner, about five minutes walk.

Bonchurch village

Bonchurch village.

Bonchurch Pond

Bonchurch Pond

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.

Early feedback

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.

Exciting times.

Want a version for you area?

Well get in touch and let’s talk.

One Response to “Introducing Events On The Wight”

  1. Simon & Sal says:

    It’s no exaggeration to say that Josh is a super hero. Not only is the system completely amazing, but the sheer concentration of time he put into moulding it for the Island was staggering.

    Big Love.

    … and a massive Hurrah! for the linking up of hyper-local site around the UK. We’ve all got a lot to share with each other.


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