After a brief stumble, Valley&Bluff is back and accepting members (UPDATE: Site is closed)

I finally fixed the plugin. I am now using the s2Membership plugin, which lts peole sign up at the Valley&Bluff news site for just $3.

If you want to join up and use all the benefits of membership, just click the “$3/$9 membership” link in the black menu bar belpw the header image. You can sign up for a one month membership for $3 or a $9 for three-month (or quarterly) membership.

Membership means:

  • You can read all restricted content posts. Basically, any post that is a press release or breaking news, you can read without paying for membership. Any posts that require any shoe leatheror original reporting on the part of the writer means you have to pay to read it. You also get access to my comics page.
  • You get the ability to comment on any post. Without membership, your role is that of read-only and you can’t see original reporting at all. No police blotters, no liveblogging city council no exposes via FOIA. Nothing. You get access to posts from local blogs that agree to post on this site.

$3 is what you would pay for TWO issues of Peoria’s one and only daily newspaper of record, provided you don’t buy their advertising-heavy Sunday issue.

What am I trying to accomplish with Valley&Bluff: Personally, I’l love to sell a subscription to every single resident of the metro Peoria area and become a millionaire in three years.

Realistically, I’d be happy to sell 100 subscriptions in the first year and I’d be ecstatic to sell 300 within three years. I increased the amount of local reporting I’ve been doing. I find ways to boost it yet again in coming months.

I see Valley&Bluff as the online newspaper of record for Peoria’s classic neighborhoods. You know: Averyville, the Near North Side, the South Side, the West Bluff, Center Bluff and East Bluff. You know, the same neighborhoods that the GateHouse Media publication CONSTANTLY get wrong

I am not some out-of-town conglomerate that is trying to take as much money as possible out of your city to afford to buy some CEO his second yacht, of a fleet sports cars or a bunch of high art . I’m a local guy — born at Methodist Medical Center, went to school at Glen Oak and Woodruff — who cares about local issues and local residents and local businesses.

If you know of a local story that I or the Peoria-branch of GateHouse Media have missed, send me an email here, or better yet CALL ME at (309) 740 6391.

The best, most basic way to support me is to buy a subscription. You can also donate (use the PayPal button on my front page). or if you have a business, buy an ad. I’ve love to promote yu.

Do I need help? I’d love some help. I can’t pay helpers ANYTHING right now, because I don’t make any money. Anyone want to volunteer a ride to or from a meeting, great. Give me a call or an email.

If some enterprising college j-student wants to cover the police blotter one or two days a week, that would also be great. It might lead to some paid part-time work at some point, but no promises.

6 thoughts on “After a brief stumble, Valley&Bluff is back and accepting members (UPDATE: Site is closed)

  1. I haven’t signed up yet because so far it looks like you’re just aggregating news from other sites and posting press releases from the City. If you’re doing original reporting, is there a way you can make those posts more prominent? Looking at your front page right now, it doesn’t look like there’s very much original content.

    1. And if you are free anytime during the next week noonish, let me know and we’ll meet for lunch, catch up and I’ll explain how this silliness works.

  2. This week, not a lot of original comment. Previous week., a lot more, including some editorials, original photos, etc. I’m working on ways to carry much more. What you are reacting to it not so much a derth of orginal content, but the fact that I am running at present as many as 10 aggregated contento posts a day. Give it some time.

    And do you see the middle sidebar? At the very top? That is a list of restricted content posts that you have to pay to see.

    Ths is a marathon, not a sprint. I’ll win you over yet.

  3. I would be game but there was a time where a lot of my comments got censored/deleted on here because you disagreed with them. Granted, PJSTAR does the same thing but one of these days you media types will realize censoring those who pay the bills was a big mistake. You burned enough bridges to cause your wallet some future pain I’ll tell you that much.

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