By. Chris Stritzel
It has been two years since Building St. Louis was launched under “Architecture+Design). Since then, several accomplishments have been reached in the form of either viewership or things within the Building St. Louis organization. A more modern and organized design has replaced a cluttered and old design that really didn’t flow really well. Besides this, the organization has grown substantially and the need to become a more successful news source has seen some success, but not much.
Viewership since day one has been clocked officially at 568,918 (at the time of this post’s penning). The numbers continue to grow at an average of 35,000 views per month. This is shocking when the fact that we don’t appear in Google Search or other search engines recommendations. We don’t even advertise elsewhere. We are hidden and rely solely on Twitter and Facebook to get or stories out to those who follow us. Sometimes, the posts we write are shared and circulated, while some are not shared. NEVER have we been featured in a major publication or news story, nor do we plan on it. This website is one that is meant to be far away from the mainstream media and meant to be for the grassroots in our City and those around the nation.
That reason is the primary reason we are hidden. After 2 years of being hidden, I, Chris Stritzel, plan on pushing Building St. Louis as a real news agency by advertising on Facebook and Promoting our self on Twitter. Combined, Building St. Louis will be seen more and in return; create a better environment for every reader. There will also be at least 2 news appearances regarding the website that will further boost us. One thing that Building St. Louis will NEVER do is put our content behind a pay wall or put those annoying ads onto our stories. The only ads on this website are from the commenting system, and we can’t control them.
This pledge is to deliver facts and stories without distractions. It’s just one way we are transforming the media industry. No ads = better viewer satisfaction. Some may be thinking, “how does Building St. Louis operate then?” Well, it is simple. Building St. Louis is privately funded. No donations or investments needed. We don’t like to ask for money because that isn’t professional. If we want a redesign of the website, the money is found and spent, not raised and never seen or heard of again.
Since Building St. Louis’ establishment, 3 contributors have came on board. Those being, Eli Karabell, Lisa Sterling and Ashley Alexander. Several new categories for news, like the Question and Answer Sessions And Travel, have been created. And, well, you’ll just have to wait for this one.
So, what’s next for Building St. Louis? That’s for you do decide, after all, you the viewer have gotten us this far. Let’s keep the momentum growing and let’s keep Building St. Louis.