My Swiss news blog, a note to readers. 10 February 2016
At the start of 2016 I scaled it down to a personal news blog, one of the group of sites that make up ellenworld.com.
You’ll also find my bio on ellenworld.
The domain name and url remain genevalunch.com in order to keep the archives accessible: it provides the only decade-long continuous history of the Lake Geneva region in English in the early years of this century.
A short history of local news
For 10 years GenevaLunch.com was the only free and independent weekday online news service in English, produced entirely in Switzerland. More than 6 million pages were viewed from 2007 to the end of 2015. It was the most widely read source of Swiss online news in English after public broadcasting.
A team of nearly 40 volunteers, including students, worked on the news site over the decade, and to each of them I owe my thanks. You can find their archives here, under authors.
I will continue to publish Shirley Curran’s book reviews and original crosswords here, as well as Patrick Chappatte‘s cartoons; thank you to these two longterm and wonderfully reliable contributors!
GenevaLunch.com hasn’t gone out of business. It was never in business. For a short time I sold ads, but they barely covered expenses and ad sales are time-consuming.
It was a lot of work.
I kept going because it was – still is – very much appreciated, as a steady stream of messages from readers has made clear over the years. As I write this I’m looking at a message received this morning on a different topic. “Meanwhile, I continue to be a GenevaLunch addict,” the writer added.
Hats off to her and the thousands of other faithful fans who are still there despite my recent minimalist news coverage.
Ten years of volunteer journalism (and yes, I do make a living, but from other writing) is enough. The web has evolved, the news world has undergone significant changes, and while my keen interest in the news remains, I think there are better writing arenas for someone who wants to have an impact.
Expect my ellenworld news blog to track the news I follow and think worth sharing. It won’t always be what you expect, but if it makes you think a little more about the world around you, we should both be happy.
Sharing the content
I use a Creative Commons license. Material from GenevaLunch may be reprinted or reproduced in part or in whole only with permission. This includes electronic newsletters and group e-mails. I’m usually glad to share, free of charge, but you must ask first! This includes all archives.