::Raleighing.com Website Shuts Down
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
RALEIGH - Raleighing.com, a popular blogging website that featured news about local businesses, restaurants, and other items, announced recently that it is shutting down.
Previously, the website was run by Raleigh dentist and architecture enthusiast Dr. Dana McCall and Lulu.com manager Chris Anderson.
However, since January, the website was only being run by Anderson who stated on the site on July 14th that he will not be updating the site anymore.
"Unfortunately, Raleighing's progress since the changes back in January just haven't gone the way I had hoped," said Anderson in his last posting. "Plus, other endeavors have me completely wrapped up and completely happy at the moment."
"Not sure what the future holds at this point, but I simply need to at least temporarily remove this storm cloud which has been hanging over my head for the past several months," added Anderson on the posting.
Although the website was very popular and many people around the Raleigh area seemed to enjoy reading it, Anderson indicated that he was also unhappy with some recent comments on the site.
"The ugliness on this site has progressed to a point that my unavailability has left me unable to counteract," he added.
Started in April of 2005, the site quickly gained a loyal following for its mostly upbeat postings about new restaurants, new buildings, sports, and fun events in Raleigh.
Postings by Dr. McCall, Anderson, and other writers on the site were usually very interesting and often, the site had stories that were not seen before in local newspapers or TV stations. Dr. McColl attended a lot of meetings in Raleigh to learn about new buildings, new developments, and changes in the city's skyline.
As a result, there were many people visiting the site to check out what was new in the city, especially in the realm of new restaurants and nightspots.
The website made good use of graphics, with few postings that didn't feature a photograph or two and many people on the site commented that it was easy to read and a welcome addition to Raleigh.
In addition, in an effort to get the news out about Raleigh, the site freely allowed other media outlets -- including the Raleigh Chronicle -- to use their material for free.
Many readers seemed surprised at the development and said they would miss the website.
"I read frequently and posted rarely, yet Raleighing... [has] continued to give me a taste of whats new and exciting in our young burgeoning metropolis," said one reader who commented on the post about the site closing. ::