Betcha didn't know that YOU can be a mini-Patch writer. You can post your own event (church bazaar, meeting of your group, Boy Scout event, food drive, etc.) or big announcement (honor roll, promotion, baby's birth, 50th anniversary, etc.) on Patch.
Long gone are the days you mailed in your announcement or event to the local newspaper and with fingers crossed, hoped they (1) received it and (2) might print it.
You never need to wait for any Patch editor to post your event. Patch is designed for our readers to use it just as much as we do - if you use Facebook, or even basic email, you can use Patch. And there are so many ways.
Here's how it works:
First, you need to register (if you haven't already). On the home page, in the top right corner, click Sign Up. Fill in your name (this is the name that will appear on all your postings, so you want it to look nice: John Smith is better than johnsmith, for example), email address, and password. Or, you can sign up using your Facebook account.
Once you are registered, you will get an email within 24 hours confirming your account. Every once in a while this goes to spam, so it’s good to check there if you don’t see it. Click the link to confirm your account. If you don’t, you won’t be able to post 48 hours after you signed up.
Now you can get started!
To post an event: In the top middle of the home page is the calendar. Click the bright green “Post your own event” button. Fill in all the boxes and click “post my event” at the bottom.
There's plenty of room to describe your event. If it is free, it will automatically show up as "free." If there is a fee to attend, you must remember to enter the dollar amount.
Here's an important piece of info that has derailed a few users: If your event is in Clinton, type in a key word of the location such as "Morgan" for The Morgan School or "town hall" for Andrews Memorial Town Hall. The location will pop up and you can click it and add it.
If your location is out of town (in Westbrook, Old Saybrook or Madison, for example) the Clinton Patch won't recognize it. You need to type in the whole address (300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, for The Kate) and then the locator map will work.
Even if it is the summer and your event is in December, if you have all the details ironed out, you can post your upcoming event and it will be added to the calendar right away so folks can see it and plan for it. The more notice the better!
Don't forget to add a photo! (Just make sure they belong to you!)
Now do the same thing for your announcement!
One other thing - please give the system a couple of minutes to process your event or announcement. If you are lightening fast and you check right away, you won't see it and you'll think something has gone wrong. Give it "five" and it will be there.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for using the Clinton Patch!