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Roathcardiff’s birthday – now we are two

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We’re celebrating our second birthday this month after another great year here in Roath.

There’s been quite a range of stories that we’ve covered this year, but by far and away our most popular post was our report from the Great Roath Bake Off. It nearly crashed the site on the day – proving yet again that Roath loves its cake. It even beat the great asbestos spider hunt!

While cake is always a major attraction to the site, we do get some real random searchers who chose to click on us –  this year some of the keywords which have raised a smile or an eyebrow have included: yarn-bombing; how does Roath Lake fill up; erotic cakes Cardiff; is Penylan nice; and mutant spider!

As we hit our birthday, we nearly reached the 7,000 twitter followers milestone – thank you to everyone who shares our tweets and keeps up the twitter conversation. We’ve also got a lively and growing facebook page. We use both to promote the markets, independent business and charity/community events that happen in the area.

The blog itself has been viewed 82,000 times in the last two years and we’re hitting nearly 6,000 visits a month at our busiest. Not bad for an area of Cardiff with a population of around 24,000.

We’ve run six Roath Social Media Surgeries, a Roath 4am project, craft market stalls, launched Roath bags for life and helped the Roath Local History Society to get online for the first time – among other things.

Away from the site, the most exciting news for the team behind the blog this year was winning the Wales Digital Hero award from TalkTalk – the prize will keep us funded for years to come and give us the opportunity to expand the reach and scope of the projects that we run.

We want to say a big thank you to every one who has supported us over the last two years and especially those who have given us guest posts, alerted us to good stories, or shared roathcardiff links through social media.

Huw, Geraldine, Matt and Nic x