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Making History (and writing about it!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It seems that there is never enough time in the day, but that is a fantastic stumbling block to have, in my opinion. We are newsmakers, reporters, activists, advocates, writers, editors, photographers....we are The Seattle Lesbian (TSL), and we are journalists in the middle of a perfect storm that appears to be changing the community at-large.

Get this: The Seattle Lesbian online magazine shut down for the day today because of traffic. Our volume was so heavy that we could not sustain our readership for three hours. Again, not a bad issue to have, but extremely exciting, to say the least. We've upgraded our servers and are back online again, but talk about flying by the seat of your pants! We feel extremely blessed over here and grateful for all of the support our readers provide us on a daily basis just by opening up their browsers.

The community is rallying behind our online magazine in a new way. As editor-in-chief and owner/principal of the paper, I was asked to speak via video at this year's World AIDS Day on November 30. The community here in Seattle would like to recognize TSL for educating the collective about HIV/AIDS this past year. They have asked me to speak about lesbians and their history within this epidemic. I am humbled, honored and so appreciative for the offer - and will be working on my segment next week.

Additionally, The Seattle Lesbian has partnered with Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) - a grassroots-driven civil rights organization based in Seattle. We are becoming so much more than just an online magazine...we are an entity now in the Emerald City, and we have something of value to share. We are excited to unleash our plethora of positive messaging within the community.

Next week we will be attending the Online News Association's (ONA) media conference in San Francisco. We've set up meetings with other news outlets in the Bay Area and will be promoting both our paper and theirs in the months to come. Building relationships is so vitally important in this business. The Bay Area Reporter has interviewed TSL twice for their stories and we, likewise, are working on a way to return the favor. It's always such a pleasure to work with them. True professionals.

Well, off we go to make history (and write about it)...

Take Care,
Sarah Toce
Principal/Owner, Editor-in-Chief, The Seattle Lesbian

   • Posted by Sarah Toce on 09/18 at 10:44 AM

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