About the Post

The Potteries Post is: A rolling newspaper-like service for the city of Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries and around-about, featuring ‘news you can use’. Key areas of focus are the creative industries and wildlife, as the Potteries Post is now replacing several old Facebook Groups such as Creative Stoke and Wild Stoke (which I ran on Facebook until March 2022). Stoke creates a wide range of creative products and thus the definition used is wide, from computer programming to community arts.

Area: The area of coverage is centred on the Potteries, in the West Midlands of the UK. The legacy newspaper industry would thus call the Post a ‘hyperlocal’. However, relevant news can sometimes also come from as far west as Shrewsbury, and as far south as Wolverhampton, and from high up in the Peak District.

RSS news feed: Yes. The 24 latest posts, with truncated text from each.

Design template used: Apostrophe 2 with the Baskerville font. The font was originally made in Birmingham, and is thus a ‘proper West Midlands’ font.

Ads? Yes, this is a free blog at WordPress.com and as such some posts may be tagged with WordPress’s ads. They control these, not me. If the ads bothers you, adding a good ad-blocker to your Web browser will handle them. uBlock Origin is a good one.

This blog replaces and continues: 1) my old Scoop.it “Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire which featured a rolling harvest of “Good news from the city of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire”. 2) From March 2022 it also serves as an amalgamated replacement of my various Facebook Groups — such as Creative Stoke, Wild Stoke, History of Stoke-on-Trent, and a few others.

Why the switch? 1) Scoop.it gradually prevented their free users doing anything much with the content. First they restricted RSS so users couldn’t export or backup. Then they were sold and the new owners decided that users couldn’t post any more items unless they upgraded to a paid account. This caused the move to this blog in April 2018. The first posts I made here contain a backup of my old Scoop.it blog, back to October 2014. 2) Facebook blocked my account in March 2022 and their response deadline had already gone when I saw the notice a few hours later. Apparently I had “the potential to reach a lot of people”, so I had to be abruptly blocked.

Archive of the old Scoop.it posts? Yes, it’s here and goes back to October 2014. The old Scoop.it “Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire will also stay online as long as Scoop.it survives, but will no longer be updated. It goes back longer than the archive here, back to about 2012, and can be searched by keyword.

Archive of the old Creative Stoke and Wild Stoke posts? Not from the Facebook Group, as it’s impossible to export a Group from Facebook. But there is the old Creative Stoke WordPress site (now so old it’s not worth linking to) which continued the website that began all the way back in 2001. Yes, 2021 was the 20th anniversary of the Creative Stoke service!

Are you…? No. I’m not. I’ve since learned that there was a ‘Potteries Post’ account on Twitter which was sporadically active for two years, 2014-16. My new newspaper-style Potteries Post is nothing at all to do with that bloke.