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Saturday, October 24th, 2009 6:57am MDT
Why does ThorntonWeather.com share stories and links with Examiner.com?

Why does ThorntonWeather.com share stories and links with Examiner.com?

We are oftentimes asked why we have links to Examiner.com on ThorntonWeather.com and why we plug stories from them.  The reasons stem from our interest on the topics at hand but also because by your visiting Examiner.com, you support ThorntonWeather.com.  

Some background on Examiner.com might be useful.  Examiner.com was launched in 2008 by Clarity Media Group, a company owned by Phillip Anschutz.  The site is essentially a living example of ‘citizen journalism’ featuring local news stories on hundreds of topics written by people titled ‘Examiners’ who are knowledgeable in their given topic area.  There are now hundreds of local editions of Examiner.com including of course Denver. 

We were recruited to write for Examiner.com when it first launched, initially as the Denver Weather Examiner and more recently we are also writing as the Natural Disasters Examiner and Climate Change Examiner.  

Why do we write for Examiner.com?  

First and foremost it is because we are passionate about weather and climate and enjoy sharing news stories about those topics.  Weather is one of the things that affect the lives of every single person on earth and that is fascinating to us.  

By writing for Examiner.com, we have a pretty big stage on which to have our topic features – the site is one of the fastest growing on the Internet and now ranks 82nd in overall traffic on the Internet with more than 12 million people a month visiting it.  That ranks higher than popular sites like drudgereport.com, cbs.com and newsweek.com! 

Examiner.com - Get inside Denver weatherSecondly, quite frankly we do get paid for writing for Examiner.com and that money directly supports and helps to pay for ThorntonWeather.com.  The weather station hardware, software, lightning detectors, and more that we use here on ThorntonWeather.com is very expensive.  Factor in computer costs, website services and more and it isn’t cheap.  We don’t charge for ThorntonWeather.com and never will but Examiner.com helps to offset the very real costs we do incur in operating the site.  

By reading an Examiner.com story we post in our news section or checking out the links on the left to our Examiner.com topic areas, you are supporting ThorntonWeather.com directly.  So, if you like ThorntonWeather.com, we ask you to check out our stories on Examiner.com – not only is Examiner.com a great, local news source, it also is a great way to help us!  You can also support us by checking out the few advertisers you see on the site.  

If you ever have any questions about our site, Examiner.com or any weather-related topic, please contact us.  Thank you as always for supporting ThorntonWeather.com. 

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