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Slow updates

2021 brings a lot of things to us…

In this case some minor website tweaks and modifications, hopefully they help in the long term.

Today is getting closer to Halloween and more displays to visit. then comes the daunting task of updating the Christmas map.

Fun times…..

Halloween 2021

2021 displays….

Well we are in full swing now, Halloween map to go live to the general public soon

Hope this year goes as well as last year., we shall see, 2020 was rough on us not just due to global health issues, but with many personal things too.

hoping for a generally drama free season, but that may be too much to ask.

Blog

Hmmm…… Read More…

This is a Test

This is a test, I am hoping to see results. Read More…

2021

I just found out today that my most supportive volunteer for this project will be leaving the area during 2021. As much as this saddens me, I wish them the best with their future endeavors. I am hoping as we progress this project in 2021, that i may find others that want to join in and help us with this, as our main coverage area is only handled by 1 team after they leave. Any light fanatics out there that like to travel a bit and want to aid us in what we do? Let us know.

In other news big changes hopefully coming in 2021. Hopefully we can get additional donations which will allow us to finally get an app built for this project. Webpage certainly needs a makeover too.

I wish we could find some folks with the skills that would be willing to donate some time/effort into assisting us with these things, as they are a bit cost prohibitive to have done by professional services.

Merry Christmas Eve

Please stay safe, enjoy some lights, and stay healthy

1000+ miles

Wow, our big travel push is now completed, but our work has just begun. Dozens upon dozens of new displays added, and more pouring in daily.

We are getting media attention this year and have been on local news and radio in Seattle and Portland so far this season. The growth of the listings, and the following on the page has been amazing Easily hitting our initial goal of 10K followers and likely to exceed that. The outpouring of support from my display owners has been amazing.

If any of our followers want to help and support us, please do so via


Patreon> For ongoing support (even $1/month adds up)

Or

Venmo> For one time donation

Christmas Everywhere

December finds us traveling to displays across the PNW, Central WA, Spokane, Portland and Seattle, also not to forget N. Idaho.

We are expecting to find some new displays, and network, as we can, we folks along the way.

Long hours behind the wheel, 100s upon 100s of miles driven, long tenuous days. But, we do this for our community and to help bring the lights to those that will not be able to get out to see them in this troublesome year. We hope that our efforts are appreciated as work do work really hard at making this a great resource to all of you.

New Lockdowns and Travel Advisories

Well…. With the west coast now all having travel advisories, this could make this year's travel itinerary more difficult, as a result meaning less content for all of you.
This makes us sad as we work really hard to provide people a view of a display that they themselves may not be able to see/visit. Here is hoping the numbers go down, so the restrictions can be lessened, even though it's still probably not a great idea to be in crowded spaces or spending holidays with those outside who you live with/immediate family.

Stay Safe my friends, wear your masks, and stay healthy

J

More Graphic Art

New Graphics needed/wanted for the page, Read More…

Time to switch to full time Christmas

It's time to change gears into Full-Time Christmas mode Read More…

Halloween

We visited Halloween displays over the Halloween weekend. Read More…

New Display Owner Signs

New signs for our Display owners! Read More…

Great season so far...

Great Season, great new displays for us to see Read More…

Halloween in full swing

Halloween is a go… Read More…

Quiet Summer

With all our normal summer activities cancelled due to the current global health situation, we look forward to some level of normal for the holiday season coming up.

We know things will be different, and extra safety precautions will need to be taken, we just can't help but wonder what that will actually look like in reality. Likely going to be need for social/physical distancing requirements and likely many displays will have to change how they work. Hopefully not too many displays decide to cancel or postpone for this year. We believe that the light of the season, brought in part by the holiday displays is just what people need to lighten their stress, and bring a little hope to their lives.

Halloween prep

Well its that time of year where we start updating the maps for the year.

Plenty of new display owners have reached out to have their displays listed to the maps, many include Halloween displays.

The Halloween map is growing even without collaboration with other Halloween maps this year.

Looking forward to a great spooky season

Furlough...

Well thanks to our world-wide situation, half of our Admin team is now without employment until at least the summer.

This is very unfortunate, and will be a major strain on all things financial, potentially including this project.

We were planning on taking the steps to take this project to the next level and make it an official organization, with actual staff, and such.
That does not look like it will happen by 2020 season at this rate. This also puts the brakes on any app development unless our
Community can step up and help donate to the project.

Support Us on Patreon!

Support Us via Venmo!


Other options may be available upon request, Email Us!

World Health Issue

As the world deals with the world pandemic, and media over sensationalizes it, we sit here wondering about our future, the future of this project, and the future of our gainful employment.
I know we are not the only ones with these concerns, but after our extended period with no income not all that long ago, this is going to be a pain point.

It is truly our hope that our followers are well, and healthy during this time of uncertainty, and we do not want to just be another dark cloud of doom and gloom. We just want to be open with all of your, as how all this and it's affect on us personally, can and will affect this project and our ability to do what we do as a service to you, our community.

God Bless, Stay Healthy, and wash your hands

PNWCL Admin team

Corona Lights

Corona Lights.

As scary as the the current world situation is, I tip my hat to my display owners that are putting up lights and some even doing mini-shows to lighten up their communities during this situation, and in many cases quarantine. We have a listing on a recent post on our facebook page, check it out, perhaps there are some lights near you.

Please remember social distancing and keep 6 ft from you and other people if you are outdoors, or just stay in your car with windows up, to help stop the spread of this new virus.

New Year

Here we go into a new Decade, after 10 years, 2010-2019, more than half of it, I've been working on this project… Wow the time has gone by, and the growth has been amazing.

I am not sure what the new year will actually bring, but I am hoping for page growth, app development, and more, we just need financing for much of this, and donations to help the page, totaled less than $100 so far. We need nearly $3000 to get the app developed, and we cannot do that out of our personal budget. So much money from our personal budget already goes towards all this as it is. We could use a new computer as well to keep up with things, but that's too much right now, as we use Macintosh platform for most of our web work.

https://venmo.com/pacificnwchristmaslights

https://www.patreon.com/pacificnwchristmaslights

Boxing Day

Today on Boxing day, December 26, the page finally exceeded 5000 followers, the likes are trailing behind as usual, but still 5000 mark finally.

It took a bit of a grind to go there and a lot of help from a lot of people, but thank you to everyone.


Update:

After having Christmas with the family, it was the disappointment, I had expected, at least the page met its mark, so that's something.

4000+ Miles and 5 Million Lights

2 weeks have gone by, and it has been crazy.

So many displays seen, so many lights, many would consider what we did, pretty crazy.

We had great travels, long days, and managed on food we brought with us, as to not spend the extra money on eating out.

Southern Oregon, Spokane/Couer D'Alene, and Lower mainland British Columbia, we travelled all over those areas, scouting new displays, visiting ones we have never personally visited, and networking with display owners.
Back to the normal 40hr work week this week, but 60+ hours each week during the trip, either traveling to or scouting displays to make ALL this even better for my followers has been amazing.

I would hope that my fans will help us out financing this project, as web hosting, travel, and just gasoline for the car to show you all the displays is an out of pocket expense from our own budget.

Venmo Donations

Patreon Donations

Lights Vacation begins

So here we are, December now. 2 weeks off to work on visiting and viewing displays FULL TIME. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia visits are all on the schedule.

We start off with a media night at Enchant Seattle, before hoping the passes stay clear to get over too Spokane safely.

After that it will be Oregon, then British Columbia, Canada.


UPDATE: Media Night was fun, food, drink and Lights, we had a good time.

USA Thanksgiving

Today is the day that those of us in the United States celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, followed by the craziest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.

On this day of giving thanks, we want to recognize how thankful we are to have this project and our wonderful following that has come with it
The benefits of this project have extended my reach further than I would have ever initially thought it would, and the friendships we've made along the way we will cherish.

We will be hosting and cooking our Thanksgiving meal, with all the traditional fare for our family.

I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Light Up Days

With Light up day for most displays in the next couple of days, planning our days/nights is key to visit as many displays as possible.

A handful light up on Thanksgiving, others the day after, and most by or near December 1st.

We are looking forward to our media day at #EnchantSeattle, this is our first media access to a commercial event since starting this project, hopefully the first of many!

I hope you all enjoy the lights, and enjoy our blog.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Holiday Blues 2

The struggle is real, and again it returns this year.

For those that have been following my blog, will know that i deal with seasonal depression, and it stems from being poor growing up and being disappointed more times than not during the holidays.
This year is no different, as disappointment looms over this season for me. I work hard on this project as distraction from the depression, as I do see the joy that it brings others, which I try to feed off of.


I've been planning a big trip to see displays in the farther reaches, but the expense of such a trip is not something that funding is available for. With the time and travel expenses, plus my normal monthly bills, unless other funding magically appears, it seems long distance travel is out of the question.

The cost of running/hosting this page, and the 40+ hours I spend each week working on this project comes with no pay. If every one that followed me on Facebook donated simply $1 each so many of the costs of this would be easily covered, and with $2 each, could even hire an app developer to give all of you an app for your phones to get all this goodness in 1 place.

I am not by anyway, begging for money, as I can afford to pay my bills and such, but extra expenditures out of pocket for this project, have to take a back seat.

Best wishes everyone, may the season bring you all the joy, and happiness, I will get through this.

But if you suffer from depression or other mental illness, PLEASE, take the time to talk to someone, there are many hotlines, online chats, and other support forums out there to help. That being said, i am still very bad about my own self-care in that regard as I am always running out of time to do anything like that, so try to make time in your life, even if it's 5 minutes to seek the help that is out there waiting for you to reach out to them, as they are there, and ready to help.

3000 mark

Finally the Facebook page is now at 3000 followers!!! A milestone we wanted to hit last season, but here we are at the beginning of this one hitting that mark.

I cannot expect 300% growth of the followers again this year, but if we can increase to 5000, it would be a great step to take.

Perhaps media coverage will spike our following? Time will tell.

Christmas, Full Steam Ahead

Now that November is rolling on, it's time for everything Christmas. We've been busy getting updates from displays, and updating the maps with new listings.

On the newest Disturbin' the Burb's podcast we got an another mention during the show, it's really a great honor to have some more media related exposure for the page and this project.

Hopefully more media coverage to come soon, as I have others interested this project.

Disturbin the 'burbs

Was just contacted today by the host of Disturbin' the 'Burbs Podcast

They want to do a podcast with me. They are a new podcast, but they are local, so local supporting local. Why Not?

With only 1 episode live at this time, it is quite entertaining, and a bit irreverent, but still amusing. I would suggest you check them out, and give them a like/follow on Facebook as well.

We will be on their show in the next week or so, hopefully.

https://www.facebook.com/disturbintheburbspodcast/

https://www.disturbintheburbs.com/

Snubbed partnership

A large display, that we have given main stage advertising on our pages for years now, has decided when I approached them for a partnership of some nature, declined.

They decided that, even though people ask, they don't want to point anyone at anything else other than their display, and the message they convey.

So our admin team has decided we will keep them on the map, but we will not share or advertise the display any longer on our outlets, as they get enough exposure as it is,
and they spend money on advertising themselves.

It would have been really great for us and this page, to have even a low level partnership, or even a small sign somewhere on the grounds, but that was too much to ask of them. A shame as the season is about sharing and community, along with the religious connections to the holiday.

This is their loss now, no longer mine. I am now re-classifying them into a different grouping on the map.