We find out who we are in these times.
Maybe it’s the ease of how this got started. Maybe it’s the frustration of not being able to punch back. Or the uncertainty that tomorrow brings. Certainly, though, coronavirus has left a mark on all of our lives in the Pacific Northwest.
What our goals and hopes were last week have been supplanted by the simple mission of remaining healthy and pitching in to help those who we can. I lived in New York City during 9/11 and remember biking to work instead of taking the subway every day after, and saluting disaster workers and the people who came out to cheer them on, to bring them food and swarm them in hugs. Not once did I make that trip without tears soaking my face but a smile for the future and the spirit of Americans to weather crises together.
Like then, we are still a country that comes together in tough times. The enemy is different, but our response as a community is the same. We still need to take care of each other and cheer those out there doing the right thing. Send hug emojis to those who need it most.
For our part, Statehood Media will continue doing what we’ve always done—inspiring people with authentic content and experiences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Indeed, some of our content may seem aspirational, for the moment, but we all need something to look forward to. The byproduct of what we do has always been in support of local businesses.
This is our model—local inspiration drives local audiences and local businesses.
Recently, we’ve put more emphasis on connecting with you through our digital properties to bring you the best in PNW lifestyle–food, beer and home-based nesting. To that end, we’re connecting you with the places and regions that we love. We’re kicking up new foodie videos from our Home Grown Chef, Thor Leif Erickson. We’re bringing you weekly nesting ideas with local products and designers from our Home + Design writer, Melissa Dalton. Our Beerlandia columnist, Jeremy Storton, is going to tell us what beer we need in our COVID shelters. As always, behind everything we do is a local business owner.
As we take a short pause from print publishing of our flagship magazines, we will continue to make our content available through our digital magazines. Beginning with our current issues of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine and 1889 Washington’s Magazine, we are making them available to readers for $4.95, 30% off the price of its print iteration. Since fall 2017, we undertook the process to grow—from zero—our digital publication audience. To date, we have had almost 29,000 reads, 306,000 impressions with an average read time of nearly six minutes!
We hope you’ll continue to find the same level of authentic content and support us through our digital magazines, engaging with us on social media and through our inspiring newsletters.