Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Hyper-local Gainesville

I’d really like to see more from the Gainesville Sun.

As RSS feed of community events.

Hyper-local coverage. The next time I see a homeless person while walking home from school, I’m going to interview him (or her, but they tend to be male, I wonder why that is, someone should do a study or write an article about that) and write an article for the Newsies.

There is so much about Gainesville that I don’t know because I am fully immersed in the college scene.

I live literally one block east of campus. I go to restaurants, stores and events that are within walking distance (1-2 miles). I only know about The Fest (an annual, mostly punk-rock show that turns Downtown Gainesville into a roiling mass of people, mosh pits and noise for three days in November, and yet no one seems to notice) because I hung out with a music journalist.

I want to know about the holes-in-the-walls, the hidden deli, the place with the best burgers, the cheapest food. What bar suits what personality and which serves the cheapest drinks?

I want to know the town characters. I want a Web site where people post about odd things they’ve seen or done in Gville. So far, none of the mainstream sites that supposedly cater to this have caught on here.

I’ve lived here for three years, and I know none of these things.

Have a seat Gainesville, and tell me about yourself.

  • So create that site.

    I created Overheard at KSU (it was overheardatksu.blogspot.com, but when I graduated I handed it off to the Stater to add to its blog collection… It needs updated now because the girl who had been updating had to leave the paper because she ran for student senate) after I was at a football game and heard a ridiculous comment. I turned to my friend and said, I wish there was somewhere to post stuff like that so everyone could laugh just as hard.

    That night, I created the blog. I posted it on a few of my school’s “entire student body” facebook groups and sent the link to some friends. Within a month I was getting pretty regular submissions without really advertising it. It filled a void, and was sparked by a simple thought that I decided to take action on.

    So start a local Gainesville blog where you do this to get it started. Then recruit other community members or students to help post to it or suggest ideas. Put up fliers in some of those coffee shops you frequent. It will take some time, but it will fill a need. Plus, later, when you’re looking for a job, people will be impressed by your initiative.

  • So create that site.

    I created Overheard at KSU (it was overheardatksu.blogspot.com, but when I graduated I handed it off to the Stater to add to its blog collection… It needs updated now because the girl who had been updating had to leave the paper because she ran for student senate) after I was at a football game and heard a ridiculous comment. I turned to my friend and said, I wish there was somewhere to post stuff like that so everyone could laugh just as hard.

    That night, I created the blog. I posted it on a few of my school’s “entire student body” facebook groups and sent the link to some friends. Within a month I was getting pretty regular submissions without really advertising it. It filled a void, and was sparked by a simple thought that I decided to take action on.

    So start a local Gainesville blog where you do this to get it started. Then recruit other community members or students to help post to it or suggest ideas. Put up fliers in some of those coffee shops you frequent. It will take some time, but it will fill a need. Plus, later, when you’re looking for a job, people will be impressed by your initiative.

  • So create that site.

    I created Overheard at KSU (it was overheardatksu.blogspot.com, but when I graduated I handed it off to the Stater to add to its blog collection… It needs updated now because the girl who had been updating had to leave the paper because she ran for student senate) after I was at a football game and heard a ridiculous comment. I turned to my friend and said, I wish there was somewhere to post stuff like that so everyone could laugh just as hard.

    That night, I created the blog. I posted it on a few of my school’s “entire student body” facebook groups and sent the link to some friends. Within a month I was getting pretty regular submissions without really advertising it. It filled a void, and was sparked by a simple thought that I decided to take action on.

    So start a local Gainesville blog where you do this to get it started. Then recruit other community members or students to help post to it or suggest ideas. Put up fliers in some of those coffee shops you frequent. It will take some time, but it will fill a need. Plus, later, when you’re looking for a job, people will be impressed by your initiative.

  • I’m gonna try to get the UF Newsies to start something similar. Unfortunately, I’m juggling way too much to take on a project like that alone.

  • I’m gonna try to get the UF Newsies to start something similar. Unfortunately, I’m juggling way too much to take on a project like that alone.

  • Did anything ever come of your idea? I think a site like that would be awesome!

  • Did anything ever come of your idea? I think a site like that would be awesome!

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