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Happy third birthday, Buzzer blog!

Wow, it’s been three years already?

hree candles for the Buzzer blog!

Three candles for the Buzzer blog!

Yup, October 6, 2008, was when the very first Buzzer blog post was published. The ambition was to give the most up-to-date information on transit issues and to create a forum for two-way conversation between TransLink and its customers. Over the years, the blog has grown in followers, look and content. This past year, the blog has documented transit history, the naming of our new smart card,  Burnaby Mountain Gondola – phase 2, Surrey Rapid Transit – Phase 2, the new mobile site, I Love Transit Week, and the 25th Anniversary of SkyTrain to name just a few. We also surpassed 13 000 comments just the other day!

My stint as editor is nearly halfway through (Jhenifer is currently away on maternity leave), and there’s still a lot I have planned as editor. These past six months have been a great learning experience about the many things in which TransLink is involved. I now feel I can start introducing some new ideas on top of the great regular features like Friday Fun Polls, Links & Tidbits, etc. One of the new items I have planned is a transit etiquette campaign I’m hoping I can share soon.

Thanks to all of you for your patience in waiting for replies to your comments. Besides the blog and Buzzer newsletter, I also contribute to our Facebook Page, Twitter handle, Foursquare Account (just starting to reinvigorate that one) as well as webinars and all sorts of online communications work for TransLink. So, suffice it to say that I’m busy but loving the gig! Finding the right person to answer your questions may take a little time, but I wanna make sure I get you the right answer.

On this third birthday, I’d like to give thanks to all the Buzzer readers who contribute their time and insighful thought to the conversation. This is truly a mature and nurturing community, and I’m thankful to be a part of it.

Here’s to another great three years of the Buzzer blog!


6 Comments

  • By Jot Kali, October 6, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    Congrats. This is one of the many reason I love this city. Translink has a real human personality through this blog. I appreciate the hard work that goes into it.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, October 6, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Thanks for that Jot!

  • By Reva, October 6, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Happy Birthday, Buzzer Blog! Been reading you since day 1 and have enjoyed every post!

    Here’s to many more years of interesting articles, timely information, stimulating discussions, and a “human face” for Translink! Keep up the great work Robert and staff! You are great transit ambassadors to our city and region. :D

  • By Philip, October 6, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Yes, happy 3rd birthday, digitized and more frequent version of North America’s oldest transit newsletter! Funny how I skipped the word “blog” there when I first read it. @_@

  • By Eugene T.S. Wong, October 8, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    Congratulation, Buzzer Blog!

    Robert, I’m sad to read that you’re already half way through. I was nervous about the replacement for Jhenifer, but now I’m sad to read that you are going to go in months that will speed by.

    I look forward to your etiquette ideas. I think that we need your lessons badly. I think that Canadians aren’t as polite as we think.

  • By ;-), October 5, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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