Welcome to 2013—a great year to get involved and share all things Back Bay.
Patch has certainly grown and changed since we started. So even if you think you know how to use the site like a pro, here are some more tips to stay informed—and, more important, inform others.
1. Picture perfect: Add photos to our Neighborhood Gallery. Have a great picture from a night on Newbury Street, a walk in the Public Garden or a nearby performance? Now you can share it with everyone else in the neighborhood—and the gallery is an easy spot for your family to find it. Just upload your photos, add a caption so we know what's going on, and share the link.
2. Learn more: Follow every step of a story. Use our follow-up feature to know when we post a new story about a topic you're vested in. Just click on the "Keep Me Posted" button at the bottom of your desired article.
3. Make a review: Seamlessly tell neighbors about a great shopping or dining experience. Who better to trust with a review of a business than a neighbor? You can rate businesses—good or bad—by going to their Directory page and sharing your thoughts.
5. Tell a story: Let everyone know about a great story. Attend a fantastic club event or an exciting game? Write something up, take a picture and post it on Back Bay Patch.
7. Share your news: Post announcements for free. The old days of paying a publication to publish a wedding announcement are history! Now you can tell the town when you or a family member get married, have a baby, graduate or make the honor roll.
9. Speak out: Give us a piece of your mind. Thank someone or let us know what you think of a topic by submitting a Letter to the Editor that we'll publish on the site.
10. Stay on top of the latest news: Sign up for our newsletter by clicking on the "Get the Newsletter" button on the homepage. Wake up and have Beacon Hill Patch in your email inbox with the latest, freshest news around. You can also sign up for breaking alerts—snow emergencies, traffic snarls, crime alerts and more.
And as always, if you have a question, a local story idea, news tip, photo opportunity or other item to share, email Local Editor Kim Ashton.