Category Archives: Membership

Three ways to get an announcement posted on Locally Grown

Got something to announce to the 500-1,000 people per day who visit Locally Grown?  Read on.

While we’re primarily an issues-oriented blog, we also keep connected to the Northfield community by blogging about area people, events, organizations, and businesses.

So if you have something of interest to announce, consider these options:

  • Suzannah CierniaArrange for a photo opp
    People who are willing to show up at one of my offices (tables at area coffeehouses) and have their photo taken can usually get me to blog their announcement for free. See examples here, here, and here and then contact me.
  • Become a member of Locally Grown
    Join Locally GrownYou can post 2-4 announcements/month for a measly $2.50/post. You email us the content, we create the blog post for you and publish it under your name. See recent membership posts here.
  • Become an advertiser on Locally Grown
    LG-banner-ad-purchaseA banner ad costs $4-7/week. Your ad can then link to your announcement on your website or Facebook page

If it’s a PSA (public service announcement), consider submitting it to Northfield.org, KYMN, Northfield Patch, and the Northfield News.

Three ways to get an announcement posted on Locally Grown

Got something to announce to the 500-1,000 people per day who visit Locally Grown?  Read on.

While we’re primarily an issues-oriented blog, we also keep connected to the Northfield community by blogging about area people, events, organizations, and businesses.

So if you have something of interest to announce, consider these options:

  • Suzannah CierniaArrange for a photo opp
    People who are willing to show up at one of my offices (tables at area coffeehouses) and have their photo taken can usually get me to blog their announcement for free. See examples here, here, and here and then contact me.
  • Become a member of Locally Grown
    Join Locally GrownYou can post 2-4 announcements/month for a measly $2.50/post. You email us the content, we create the blog post for you and publish it under your name. See recent membership posts here.
  • Become an advertiser on Locally Grown
    LG-banner-ad-purchaseA banner ad costs $4-7/week. Your ad can then link to your announcement on your website or Facebook page

If it’s a PSA (public service announcement), consider submitting it to Northfield.org, KYMN, Northfield Patch, and the Northfield News.

Promote your product, service, cause, or event on Locally Grown

Locally Grown MembershipA year ago, we launched our Locally Grown Membership plan.

We’ve not done much to promote it but as you can see from the left sidebar (archived Category here), members are using it to promote a variety of products, services, causes, or events.

It’s cheap, flexible, and easy.

Does it work? 

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) Kathy Jasnoch and Sandy Vesledahl

Ask Sandy Vesledahl and Kathy Jasnoch from the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. Back in June, I blogged about how PEHS was getting a third of its web traffic from Locally Grown. Our web traffic (according to Google Analytics): we had over 9,500 unique visitors for the month of November 2010.

See our Locally Grown Membership plan for more details, or contact me.

If you prefer to keep it simple and just want to support me financially with a monthly or one-time contribution, click one of the buttons in the new "Tip Griff" box on the left sidebar. I’d appreciate it.

Tip Griff

Vintage Band Festival Contra Dance, by Dan Bergeson

[show_avatar email=bergeson@northfieldwifi.com]Okay, so most of the news about the Vintage Band Festival so far has been about the bands. But there’s a number of other events during the weekend. Like the VBF Contra Dance, for instance.

The Vintage Band Festival Contra Dance will feature music by The Dodworth Saxhorn Band of Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be led by dance instructor/caller Robin Nelson.

Dancing will begin at 8:30 p.m. with a “Grand March” led by 60 costumed members of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry Brigade, followed by a variety of period dances including polkas, contra dances, schottisches, reels and waltzes.

No previous dance experience is required; no dance partner is needed! Dance instruction will be provided from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. and is recommended for all participants. Dance instruction will also be provided before each dance and “called” out after the music gets underway.

All ages are welcome, but participation in the dance is recommended for ages 10 and up.

What to Wear? Dress as you’d like: comfortable shoes and long skirts are recommended. This dance will feature costumed groups from visiting bands and living history groups, so all manner of 19th Century Vintage (or period looking) costumes are enthusiastically encouraged!  (If you have ever wanted to wear breeches or dance in a hooped skirt – this is your big chance! But costume dress is encouraged but entirely optional.)

If you didn’t contribute to VBF and get a pin, dance tickets are $10 per person. All tickets must be reserved in advance. VBF pin donors receive 2 complimentary dance tickets.

Become a VBF donor!

Reserve Dance and Vaudeville Tickets Now!

The Northfield Ballroom is located on Highway 3, 1/8 mile north of downtown Northfield. The Ballroom is air conditioned and has a beautiful wooden dance floor. Parking is available on site.

Party on!

Membership testimonial: PEHS gets a third of its web traffic from Locally Grown

 Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) Kathy Jasnoch and Sandy Vesledahl
I got this email from Sandy Vesledahl recently. She and Kathy Jasnoch have been using their Locally Grown membership to post regular updates about Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) to our membership sideblog… and just as important, engaging with people in conversation attached to their own blog posts:

Hey Griff – Something you might be interested in…I was looking at a report yesterday at the Humane Society that shows where the hits on our website are originating from and something like 35% of them are coming from Locally Grown. (continued)

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It’s baaaack! The LoGroNo membership drive

lg-membership-ads-sshot MPR’s conducting their spring membership drive this week and it reminded me to do likewise. I’ve flipped on our LoGroNo membership banners in the header, the left sidebar, and the top and bottom of the comment threads. (They’ve been turned off since early Feb.)

Unlike on MPR’s website, once you become a member of Locally Grown, you no longer see any of these membership banner ads, nor the Google AdSense ads that appear in the right sidebar.

Our first membership week turned into a membership quarter and netted us 25 members. Let’s see if we can get another 25 members in half that time.

Promote your product, service, cause, event on Locally Grown for a measly $2.50.

lgm-sc-sshotI’ve created a 7-minute screencast video in which I explain how our Membership Sideblog can be used to promote a product, service, cause, or event for $2.50.

Got comments or questions? Attach a comment. And then, become a member!

Locally Grown memberships reach the quarter century mark

LG membership banner ad Back in early December when we launched the LG membership plan, I blogged that my goal for the week was 25 memberships.  That was a typo. I meant to say “for the upcoming quarter.” Heh.

Today, we hit 25 memberships: 8 businesses/organizations and 17 individuals/couples. Let’s call them the Founding Members!

To celebrate our modest success, I’m turning off the ad banners for a while to give everyone a break. (They’ll be back!)

Founding members include:

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Premier Bank’s nifty double play

Photo by Bridgette Hallcock, taken at last year’s Susan Perry Memorial Walk for Animals Last week I got emails from Sandy Vesledahl and Bridgette Hallcock at Premier Bank, alerting me to an upcoming pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Rice County Humane Society (RCHS). (Dog photo by Bridgette, taken at last year’s Susan Perry Memorial Walk for Animals.) I assumed they wanted me to blog about it so I pitched them a Locally Grown membership instead:

‘Twould be great to have Premier Bank as a member of LG. Then you could promo events like this as a community service of Premier.  Of course, you can also promo bank-related products and services, too.

Sandy then had the brilliant idea of the bank not only buying a Locally Grown membership for themselves but a separate one for RCHS so that they could do their own sidebar membership blog posts.

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Promote your product, service, cause, event on Locally Grown for a measly $2.50. Huh?

lgm-sc-sshot They’re back! Yep, the Locally Grown membership ad banners are up (just like at MPR: screenshot here and here).

I’ve created a 7-minute screencast video in which I explain how our Membership Sideblog can be used to promote a product, service, cause, or event for $2.50.

(The screencast is a little rough, as I recorded it last night around midnight, never mind why I was up that late. I promise, though, I’ll record the next one at 5 am when I’m all perky.)

Got comments or questions? Attach a comment. And then, become a member!