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[30 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 1,443 views]
Big Thermos Media is launched

Last weekend, we at First Arkansas News mentioned a new venture — Big Thermos Media.
What’s Big Thermos Media? Let’s sum it up a bit — an advertising cooperative among a bunch of Internet and one print publication in Arkansas. Some of the sites — like this one — cover news from across the state while others focus mostly on central Arkansas.
Our goal here is simple — we all get  a ton of traffic and would like to offer advertisers the chance to reach some of that traffic. We all know …

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[12 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,104 views]
We are cool. Give us money.

Since we started in April, First Arkansas News has grown nicely.
All of us are volunteers and this site has made about enough to cover start-up costs. Yes, we’re starting to attract some advertisers here and there, but thought it might be a good idea to appeal directly to those readers who stop by regularly.
While some publications charge for their content, we never will. No, reading whatever we have here is free and always will be. We’ve got a pretty solid plan in place to get some advertisers with us and …

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[24 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 997 views]
‘First Arkansas News’ passes 100,000 hits

Here’s something no one expected to see happen until sometime next year — First Arkansas News has received over 100,000 unique hits this year.
Why is that exciting? We’ve only been around since April 16 and were hoping — at the time — to work up to 2,000 unique visits per week. We passed that mark a long time ago and visitors keep dropping in to see what’s new around here. Indeed, we’re receiving 5,000 to 6,000 unique visits per week regularly these days and hope to build from there.
While this …

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[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,217 views]
1,000 hits!

That’s right — this site has been around for 11 whole days and we’ve already registered 1,000 unique hits.
That’s not a bad start.
A unique hit, by the way, is one visit from one person per day. That is to say, if a happy reader visits five, ten or 20 times in the same day, only one hit will be registered.
Unique hits, then, are the ones to count. We’ve had exactly 1,004 of those at the time of this writing and 1,798 total hits over the past 11 days (an impressive …

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[17 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 939 views]
Pastor Dee Edwards agrees to religion column on First Arkansas News

Well, here’s some good news — Pastor Dee Edwards of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton has agreed to supply a regular religion column to First Arkansas News. I can’t say when he’ll start submitting those as he’s got a lot going on right now — the good reverend is leaving Parkview in June, so he’s got to wrap things up there and that will undoubtedly take a lot of time.
Regardless, he’ll be a valued contributor here and I’m glad he’s agreed to help out with this project (besides, the …

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[17 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 942 views]
First Arkansas News is launched

I’ve just about finished modifying the template to this site and will not focus on content. What is to be expected over the next few weeks? First (and most importantly), a lot of very good writers in this state have volunteered to submit articles from time to time. We should have a pretty good mix of news, sports, financial articles, a religion column and some other great stuff coming over the next few weeks. The aforementioned writers are scattered throughout Arkansas, but we’ll initially have an emphasis on items from …