Westminster Patch Celebrates One Year

Westminster Patch launched on Dec. 20, 2010. What a year it's been!

It's hard to believe that it has been a year, but it's true. Westminster Patch launched one year ago today.

I have very much enjoyed telling Westminster's stories--covering the gamut from education to sports to local government to important causes and occasionally even the absurd. I have been fortunate to get both positive feedback and constructive criticism along the way from Patch users, you've certainly kept me on my toes!

I am blessed with local leaders, at both the city and county level, who are forthcoming and available. I am lucky to live in a county where the library system, parks and recreation programs, and public schools not only provide an endless supply of news, but that are also second to none. I am thrilled that so many Carroll Countians embrace online news and are engaged enough to interact with the site in posting events, photos, comments and announcements. I could go on, but you get the picture.

Thank you for your support, thank you for your feedback, thank you for being so engaging. Patch is still growing, we're constantly evolving and I can't wait to see what the next year will bring.

Here's a look back at the first year, by the numbers:

  • There are 1,659 articles currently in my database (that have been posted to the site).
  • Twenty bloggers have posted 88 blogs on Westminster Patch.
  • The most comments on an article: 127 comments on
  • The second most comments on an article: 112 comments on
  • Westminster Patch currently has 974 daily newsletter subscribers.
  • The most read article on Westminster Patch with 2,100+ views:
  • The second most read story on Westminster Patch with 1,600+ views: 
  • The third most read story on Westminster Patch with 1,450+ views:


And now, one of the most pressing questions of the day: where should I go to get my birthday cupcake?

Kerri Gaither December 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Happy Birthday Westminster Patch!! And great job Kym for a year of hard work!
Peggie Kozo December 20, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Happy Birthday Westminster Patch. I am an avid reader. Keep up the good work.
Lisa Rossi (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Happy Birthday! I have learned so much about Westminster through your hard work-- the county government, the wonderful downtown and all the nonprofit efforts in this community. Kudos, Kym!
Kym Byrnes (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Kerri, I should be thanking you! You've been a wonderful contributor to Westminster Patch :)
I. DeFeo December 20, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Congratulations. I've enjoyed reading your articles. You've covered things well.
Iru Kandji December 20, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Woot woot!
Deborah December 20, 2011 at 05:20 PM
HAPPY 1st Birthday PATCH!...and many more to come! I look forward to watching you GROW! THANK YOU for everything you do for your community! xo
Karen Farley December 20, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Congratulations on your First Year! Happy Birthday! Thanks for your wonderful work!
Danna Walker (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Kym, you've made Westminster come alive for me, and you've served your community so well!
Judith M. Smith December 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
CONGRATS!!!! You are a breath of fresh air in the County...please keep it up...I do think that you should have a bumper sticker to let more people know of your existence...hand them out at the Business Expo....something to the effect of: get with PATCH...the online free news for Carroll County (or something more clever...)
Lisa Breslin December 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Happy Belated Birthday, WestminsterPatch. Hope there are many new years.


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