Hyperlocal website Effra Blog nets 1,500 hits

The Effra Blog, a news website for people living in the Effra area of Brixton, is celebrating after attracting more than 1,500 web hits in March.

The hyperlocal site was set up for the community by Dalberg Road resident Kitty Usher nine weeks ago to cover streets in the area between Effra Road and Railton Road.

After netting more than 1,000 hits in February it announced its 1,500 visit mark yesterday.

A post on the site read: “Thanks to all our neighbours and general Brixton bloggerati for your readership and support.There’s lots more we want to do.

“Some ideas are simple little interviews with people who work in the Effra area, and perhaps a bit of local history. As well as reporting on crime, planning, and fun things going on.”

It added: “Plus really important cat news of course – lost ones and found ones in particular.”

The Effra Blog is also helping to organise the Effra street party on 1 July.

The news comes the week that a definitive report by hyperlocal expert and friend of the Brixton Blog, Damian Radcliffe, outlined the importance of emerging local news websites. The study, entitled Here and Now, was part of a project for the charity Nesta.