Most people love a good love story, and the readers of your community website are no exception. Are there any couples in your local community who have a particularly romantic tale to tell? Might they be willing to share their story with your website, as the man in the video above did with Karen Strunks for her Wake Green Park site?
Perhaps your site even had a hand in them coming together? As your website grows into something that helps connect people, it may end up doing exactly that in a more romantic sense sooner or later, as Digbeth is Good did two years ago when Devon-based artist Melinda Scwakhofer paid a visit to Birmingham, enticed by the delights detailed on the website. Keen to give her the full Digbeth experience, I took her for a drink in my local The Spotted Dog, where she met Steve Coxon. Melinda are Steve are now happily married and living in Moretonhampstead.
Perhaps a local couple are arousing interest because of who they are, rather than how they met. You could find a juicy piece of celebrity gossip is happening right on your doorstep, as Simon and Sally Perry of Ventnor Blog did when Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart spent a New Year’s break on the Isle of Wight. Simon said that the site’s visitor figures went through the roof as not only locals but fans from further afield dropped in to find out what the Twilight stars were getting up to on their holidays. Simon and Sally capitalised on rumours that the couple were looking at buying a love-nest on the island to talk positively about it, telling the likes of People Magazine, “Well-known artists and musicians have found that they can live normal lives in Ventnor, away from the media glare, so others tend to follow suit by choosing our lovely town for their special getaways.”
Anthony Hickey of Mayo Today undoubtedly experienced the same phenomenon when he reported on Cheeky Girl Monica Irimia’s chance meeting with her now boyfriend, local nightclub manager Darren Geoghegan, who came to the rescue after a driver failed to collect her and her sister from Knock airport. Monica’s frequent visits to Darren’s home town of Tuam and obvious love of the area makes for a heartwarming story that’s as much about its setting in the beautiful West of Ireland as it is about Darren and Monica’s blossoming relationship.