TransportBlog has been going strong now for over eight years – this is post 5,515. Over those years the blog has grown both in scale and scope, and we continue to be excited about not only the changes that we’ve witnessed over that time but for the opportunities that lie ahead. We’ve also made many friends along the way and are excited to see many of the issues we’ve advocated for become a reality.
In 2015 we officially incorporated the Blog under the name Greater Auckland and we now want to take the next big step the our evolution of our advocacy. We are working towards improving the usability and attractiveness of the blog through a rebranding exercise and a website re-design, including one that works on mobile . It won’t change who we are at our core, the content and coverage will not change, the old posts will still be here, and we hope to showcase some of them for perspective. As part of this, we’ve launched a Pledge Me project to fund these changes.
But it doesn’t stop there, we also have several exciting initiatives under development that we can reveal once the Pledge Me goal is reached. Here is some detail about the effort:
We believe the timing is right to transform ‘the Blog’ into something that is more influential and more accessible and responsive to our readers.
We will be rebranding to our Greater Auckland incorporated society name which better reflects the range of our mission and activities. We are seeking funding to create a new website with the following improvements:
- Better mobile user experience
- Better entry-points to our campaigns and legacy posts
- Easier access to the diversity and archive of blog posts
- More information about events and initiatives happening in the city
We need the money to pay for the website redesign as well as hosting and other business infrastructure. We also want to build online tools to help people participate in local issues and to better connect readers and members of Greater Auckland.
Funds raised will also be used to pay people for their work. We would like to be able to reimburse contributors for their extraordinary effort, for example travel to Wellington, participation at conferences, and for specific campaign work.
We’re are asking for $20,000 to help us take this next step. Please lend your support.
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