An Editor’s Rant

As an editor, I aim to  deliver an immaculate service that runs so smoothly that nobody notices.

I wrote the following before Christmas, highly tempted to post it in our last pre-Christmas newsletter but I thought better of it. So here it is instead:

Thank you for reading this site, for posting your views, using the service directory and signing up for the newsletter. It’s appreciated.

I’m happy to advertise gigs and cake sales and other events. I’d like to say that nothing escapes me but occasionally it does. If you go to an event that isn’t listed, ask the organisers why they haven’t sent me details as well as letting me know. It helps, it really does. Don’t just complain that it’s not on the website.

If you see something happening in the street, please take a photo and email or tweet it to me with a short description. I can’t be everywhere at once and haven’t got a cameraman to send out. Mobile photos are great and I will say thank you.

If you’re going to ask me to advertise your event, please check the website to see if it is already there. Is your event in Brentford? If not I’m probably not interested and there are hyper-local websites that are. I will post nearby events, like Isleworth and Osterley as they don’t have their own sites. The clue is in the name of the website.

Say please. It helps. Str4w Dogs say please, tell me a couple of weeks in advance and send me a poster (and then say thank you). That’s all it takes. Sending me information the day before does not help.

If you really can’t afford to pay for advertising and it’s a low pay / community gig, we’ll advertise it for free. If you’re applying for a grant, factor in advertising and pay us. If you can pay for leaflets you can pay for an ad. It doesn’t cost very much and helps keep me and my kids in bread and water.

Equally, if you’re a local business, do you tell us what you’re up to so we can tell the local community? They might not be your direct customers but that doesn’t mean they’re not interested and you might benefit from community support.

If you’re a member of the Brentford Chamber of Commerce your news will get shared on both. If not, why not?

We will charge you for an advert if you’re just trying to sell your wares, but we’re cheap. Very cheap. Get in touch to discuss.

Are you in the services directory? It’s free for a basic listing, whether you’re a community group or a business. You can do it yourself. It takes five minutes. If you’re in the directory, do you remember to change the details when you move or get a new website?

If you see news that is relevant to Brentford but not there, send me an email with a link. I’ll add it in and it looks much better on the front page than in the forum.

Tell people when they say they didn’t know something was happening to read the sodding website. That’s the whole point, after all.

That especially goes for people who know me and don’t read it. Get the newsletter. Look at the website. Don’t tell me you didn’t know it was happening.

Stop the occasional moan about adverts. They pay for the website and some of my time. I need to earn a living and the more adverts we have the less additional paid work I need to do. Unless you’re all offering to pay a monthly subscription, accept it.

To everybody except the dozen people who post 90% of the forum: please post on the forum. It’s nice to know that you’re out there. To the dozen of you: well thanks for posting, most of you, to the others, please shut up already.

To those of you whose only post on the forum is to pick up onA Printer's Error a typo. I’m sorry. I truly am. I hate people who can’t be bothered to proof read their work and who don’t know the difference between “it’s” and “its”. I moan about them myself. I try my best and sometimes they slip by. But think on this: do you ever say thank you for all those articles without typos? No you don’t.

I put in many more hours than I get paid for because Brentford is a wonderful community and I enjoy sticking my nose into everything. Please go out and do likewise. Join in, participate and grow Brentford.

To all those who do say thank you to me, thank you. It warms the cockles of my heart and mostly stops me ranting.