We’re Going Greater!

19 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Yes, you read that headline correctly. We’re “going greater” here at 1812Blockhouse. Here’s what we mean.

From the time of our launch back in 2016, we told readers that our focus was going to be on sharing news about Richland County and for Richland Countians.

We’ve stayed true to that mission.

From time to time during that period we have shared stories about other locations, ones that people here might find relevant and interesting. More…


See You On Saturday!

26 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re going to be taking a very rare “day off” Friday at 1812Blockhouse, and for good reason.

On Thursday afternoon, we installed brand new hardware designed to make our site bigger, faster, and better. That, in turn, requires us to move over all non-cloud based information from one system to the other.

That is true for the three sites we currently operate. It’s a big operation. More…

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Great News: 1812Blockhouse Renews Membership With LION Publishers

4 Feb , 2021  

By: Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher

For the last several months, we have been connected here at 1812Blockhouse with the pacesetting association for independent online news sites across the country, LION Publishers.

It can be great stuff, being part of a team. Joining others with similar interests can provide opportunities to share enthusiasm, best practices, and advice. We have learned much and made new connections, with our Associated Press Report for America coverage being one component of that.

As this sector of the media world grows, LION has chosen to update its membership criteria, and asked each local publication involved to re-apply for membership. We are happy to share that we have been approved to continue our affiliation. More…

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Happy New Year From 1812Blockhouse!

1 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse — who else?

After 1,042 posts, 2,500 links to stories from other local media, and countless lessons learned, we’re ready to say good-bye to 2020.

As we do so, we’re taking a day off so that Thursday night can be a night of celebration and looking ahead. We will see you bright and early on Saturday morning, January 1.

We will be sending out a New Year’s Day edition of our Richland Roast newsletter, which is bound to have one or two unique posts included. We will also be updating Richland Tweets on Friday, although we suspect that the “tweetflow” will be reduced as locals celebrate the holiday.

We close our 2020 not with our words, but with the words of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, particularly these three stanzas from his poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells:”

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

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A Quick Guide To 1812Blockhouse Series

29 Dec , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

In the four years that 1812Blockhouse has been on the Internet, we have launched several “series.”

Some we have continued throughout that time. Others we have launched, paused for a bit after a few stories have been posted, and then picked up later. You may well see at least one of those series come back and we are planning two new series in the coming weeks. More…


Our Most-Read Stories Of 2020: The Non-COVID-19 Edition

28 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We doubt that it would come as a surprise that the most-read story of 2020 on 1812Blockhouse would have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that that public health crisis has had on north central Ohio and, or course, the rest of the country and world. The largest audience for any single post this year dealt with that topic.

We’ll be talking about that subject a bit later in the week, however we’re beginning the last week of 2020 in a different place. We are first looking at the top stories of the year in terms of site traffic that dealt with subjects other than the Coronavirus.

Those most-read posts cover a wide range of subjects. In no particular order, they were: More…

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Introducing Richland Roast And A New Richland News

21 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The next handful of days will see a couple of big changes here at 1812Blockhouse.

You might call it a bit of a Christmas present, both for our readers and for ourselves.

First, we are launching our first official enewsletter later this week. It’s called “Richland Roast,” and it’s a one-of-a-kind digital product that builds on 1812Blockhouse’s mission of combining our original reporting while bringing our readers posts from all Richland County media. More…

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What A Year It’s Been For 1812Blockhouse!

18 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today, we’re sharing our 1812Blockhouse Annual Report for 2020 with the Richland County community. You will find it below. For a full size version, click the “2020 Annual Report” link underneath the image.

This has been a powerfully different year for all of us. In the midst of it, local news sites like ours have had to pivot and become instant experts in new fields.

We’ve done our best to meet the community’s need for information — not only through our coverage, but through connecting readers with important stories published in other local media. More…

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More Secret Santa Links Added

6 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We recently unveiled this year’s edition of Richland Holiday Central, a listing of seasonal local events, Christmas music, and more.

This year we added a set of “Secret Santa Links,” which will take you to pages with holiday games, videos, puzzles, and more.

To access the links directly, just click on the large red dot that now appears on the front page of 1812Blockhouse on desk/laptop, tablet, or mobile. More…



We’re Adding Social Media Highlights

10 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

From its launch, 1812Blockhouse has been about two things — first, sharing our own original writing and coverage of local news; and second, connecting our readers with stories from other local media.

That’s why WMFD, Richland Source, the Mansfield News Journal, and the Shelby Daily Globe links appear almost every single day on 1812Blockhouse, as well as links to Richland County-related stories from other online publications.

We’ve also run Richland Tweets since the beginning, a regularly updated collection of tweets from almost 100 area non-profit organizations, local governments, schools, and more. More…

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Hey: We’re Back!

27 Oct , 2020  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher

Not only is the entire world reeling from the impact of the pandemic, but it has impacted things close to home as well. Richland County schools, businesses, local governments, churches, and more are facing unique and difficult scenarios on a daily basis. People are struggling with illness and uncertainty everywhere you look.

Here at 1812Blockhouse, the specter of COVID-19 struck about a week and a half ago and became all too real. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it prompted not only concerns, but was part of what prompted a week-long hospital stay — something completely out of the blue. More…



We’re Taking A Day Off

16 Oct , 2020  

This is Thomas Palmer, Owner/Publisher of 1812Blockhouse.

This past Saturday, a close friend with whom I have regular discussions several times each week day tested positive for COVID-19.

Within two or three days I was experiencing very strong COVID symptoms. It’s the stuff you read about, but also additional things you didn’t realize came with the mix.

Take hallucinations, for instance. I don’t believe I had ever had one until this week.

1812Blockhouse will be taking the day off on Saturday. We will return on Sunday morning, God willing. Continued thanks for being a reader!


Under The Hood: Richland News: We Love Playing Santa Claus

21 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Here’s another post in our short series that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”

Last week, we started with a look at our Richland News section on 1812Blockhouse. Specifically, we shared the process of how we select media posts to link to each morning.

We continue today with a look at why Richland News is a part of this site, and why we believe that this part of what makes us unique also makes us an invaluable resource for Richland Countians.

As we do so, we’re going to name drop by referring to, of all people, Santa Claus. More…

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Under The Hood: Richland News – What We Do Each Morning

17 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re starting a short series today on 1812Blockhouse that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”

There’s not a great deal of mechanical ability here at 1812Blockhouse, truth be told. A series entitled “Under the Hood,” therefore, is certainly not going to be about automobile repair or anything of that nature.

Instead, we’re going to pass along, from time to time, some of the behind the scenes activities here and also a bit about why we do what we do.

Today, that means the first of a two-part look at Richland News, a feature on the home page of 1812Blockhouse on desktop and at the very top of the site on mobile, immediately following the featured stories. Richland News is actually one of the key ways that our site differs from most other news sites in the country. More…

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It’s Our Birthday Weekend Here At 1812Blockhouse!

6 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer

I remember well the day that the switch was flipped and 1812Blockhouse was suddenly live.

As I look back on it, I realize that I was not really ready for that to take place. On an early September evening, however, I received word that my great nephew had been born, a truly important moment for the Palmer family. What better time, I thought, to bring something else to life?

My great nephew, by the way, turns 4 on Tuesday and starts preschool this week. As this is the closest weekend to the 8th, this is when we are choosing to celebrate that milestone. Welcome to our 4,836th post.

1812Blockhouse bears a strong resemblance to the site that went live that day. Above and to the right is an early screenshot of the site dating from November 2017. We used to go with a single feature story each day, as this demonstrates, until we found out that that format does not render as well in mobile. More…

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