We’re preparing to celebrate our 4th year!

Happy Anniversary to the InkLink!

As we prepare to celebrate our fourth year in the hyperlocal news business (established June 2014), we’d like to invite our loyal readers to consider supporting Manchester Ink Link in one of two ways. You can show your support with a one-time contribution, or become a monthly supporter. More on that below.

But first, a big THANK YOU to our growing list of Sustaining Supporters, for validating the work we do here with their generous contributions:

  • Carol Backus (monthly supporter)
  • Tim Baines (monthly supporter)
  • William Cerf (monthly supporter)
  • John Clayton
  • Gail Durant
  • Kathryn Marquis
  • Christine Murphy (monthly supporter)
  • Sean O’Keefe
  • Margaret Thornby (monthly supporter)
  • Scott Spradling (repeat supporter)
  • Kathy Staub
  • Matt Wilhelm
  • Chris Dugan
  • Katherine S. Stringer (monthly supporter)
  • Vanessa’s K9 Oasis & Pet Care Services
  • Laura Gilman (monthly supporter)
  • Brenda Brackmann Walsh
  • Andrew Whelan (monthly supporter)

BONUS!

First 50 supporters get a copy of “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester”

Here’s a little incentive for you:

The first 50 supporters will receive a copy of “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester,” as a special thank-you! This is a limited-edition book written by Will Stewart and illustrated by Peter Noonan. It’s full of glorious history, expert guidance, fun facts and useful information, and it’s yours FREE with a sustaining gift.


NEW! Get your official Manchester Ink Link “Ink Blot Mug”

Hot of the press, this is our official InkBlot mug – original design by Jonny Samataro. It can be yours one of two ways: Make a monthly commitment of $5 (or more) to support our indie news cause, or make a one-time (minimum) donation of $60, and we’ll send you a mug (coffee not included).



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Wait: Why should you have to pay for local news?

You don’t have to pay for news anymore, for the most part. That’s made it hard for journalists to earn an honest living.

Since this site was launched in June of 2014, Manchester Ink Link, has been dedicated to providing an independent source of news and information for those who live, work, play and otherwise obsess over Manchester, NH. Publisher/Editor Carol Robidoux is a professional journalist with more than 25 years in the news trenches, working for a variety of publications.

Manchester Ink Link started from nothing. It’s now her profession and her livelihood.

That means there’s no regular paycheck from a corporate entity. That also means she is only accountable to her readers.

Viva la independent news!

So, to keep her family fed, she eventually gave up her freelancing career which she used to bootstrap the site, and shifted to a model of earning money through relationships with advertising partners, including:

  • The Palace Theatre
  • Intown Manchester
  • Elliot Health System
  • Manchester Community College
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Van Otis Chocolates
  • Ideal Health
  • Peaceful Strength Massage
  • The American Heart Association
  • Tano’s Pizzeria
  • Dulce’s Bakery
  • Total Human Performance
  • Women Inspiring Women
  • SunRun
  • TEDx
  • Travlbudi
  • NH Fisher Cats
  • Rich Racine/Mill City Realty
  • Spooky World
  • Manchester Taxi
  • Steam Dam Ice Removal
  • NH Senior Games
  • Granite YMCA
  • Jewell Music Venue
  • Glenn’s Appliance
  • Darbster Kitty
  • EastersealsNH
  • Maggie’s Beat
  • Cabbonay
  • Giorgio’s Ristorante
  • NH Senior Games
  • Child and Family Services

Also, thanks to local businesses who’ve claimed their free Bizyhood Business Directory listing, and upgraded to add events and promotions!

[By the way, we couldn’t do it without our advertisers!  So, if you’d like to learn more about becoming an ad partner, click here – we’ll do everything we can to get your message in front of our more than 180,000 average monthly readers, with a reach that extends far beyond your own Facebook marketing abilities.]

So, back to the question:

Why should you consider supporting Manchester Ink Link?

You mean, why should a news consumer consider supporting his or her favorite news sources?

It’s pretty straightforward: You wouldn’t expect a plumber to unclog your sink for free. You are happy to pay your manicurist or hair stylist for work well done. You subscribe to cable and premium channels because you like what they dish out, providers including Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and HBO.

By that logic, what is the value of having someone provide you with reliable news and information every single day?

That’s something you will have to answer for yourself.

As we continue to grow Manchester Ink Link, we’ve decided to put out the “tip jar” and ask those of you who find value in Manchester Ink Link to show your appreciation with a one-time “tip” – or even better, consider making monthly contributions to keep the news flowing.

With enough sustainable support, the plan for Q3 and Q4 in 2017 is to hire more help to bring you even more of the news that’s important to you.

We’re assembling a news team and making it a point to hire local journalists to help tell the story of our great city, including:



What do you get in return?

Access to our daily eNews: It’s quick, easy and free to sign up. Just click here, and you will receive our daily eNews, delivered right to your email box every morning at 6 a.m. with a news round-up from the previous 24 hours. It’s free and available to everyone, whether you support our work. But in the near future, sustaining supporters will have access to special offers via a weekly VIP newsletter, including discounts from our ad partners.

Responsive journalism: If you don’t find what you’re looking for on the site, let Carol Robidoux know what you’d like to see more of, and she’ll deliver. It’s that simple.

Solutions journalism (and more of it!): We’d like to move away from the “If it bleeds, it leads,” mentality that is the mainstay of mainstream media.  This recent story on Saving Valley Cemetery is just one example of the kind of thoughtful stories we want to bring you more of, with your continued support.

Thank you for reading!

Carol Robidoux, ManchesterInkLink.com Publisher/Editor