The State of Edhat: A Letter from the Publisher
Dear edhat community,
It’s hard to put into words what we’ve all been through the past few months. My intention was to write a positive letter after the New Year to discuss exciting changes with edhat, but then the events of January 9 happened. It changed everything for us locals.
Our friends and neighbors in the Montecito community have endured immense tragedy and are now faced with an uphill battle of rebuilding. The same goes for small businesses that are struggling to make it through the day, as our local economy suffered a massive hit.
I encourage you to do what you can to help these local businesses. Eat at a local restaurant, shop at small boutiques, chat with the owners, support what you love and what you use. We all need it and we can only get through it together.
Here at edhat, we too have felt the effects of businesses struggling to get back on their feet. Edhat is completely funded by the community. Our readers and our local businesses, by way of advertising, is what keeps us around to provide news and discussions as soon as they’re available.
Just a few months ago, edhat was on the brink of shutting down completely, but I decided to take it over and continue on with the commitment to keep it going for the community. Please help me keep this free local service around that keeps you connected and informed. Please upgrade your membership (you can upgrade here) or contribute just a few dollars (donate here). Every little bit helps and it's essential to the running of edhat as we're a 100% grassroots organization.
Also, tell your friends and favorite local businesses to advertise with us. We’re offering some great discounts only for locals and small businesses affected by the recent disasters. Our goal is to help as many small businesses as we can by getting the word out about their fantastic services. Email me at Lauren@edhat.com with questions about advertising.
As the media landscape evolves, edhat will continue to adapt. However, our core principles will remain the same. Edhat was created by and for the community. Our online discussions will not disappear because your voice is important to us. With that said, we still have commenting rules in place to foster a healthy discussion. You can read our commenting rules and policies here.
To answer a question I get a lot, yes March Edness is still on! An announcement will be made soon about the rules and starting date. Our party last year was postponed after the old website’s meltdown. So last year’s winners will be honored along with this year’s winners for our March Edness party this coming April.
Thank you for your continued support and readership of edhat. It’s because of your appreciation and contributions that we continue to provide this free community service. And we will continue to make edhat better. There are a lot of updates on the horizon and there are many more great things to come. Stay tuned and thanks again for your dedication and enthusiasm.