It’s All About Venice!
(plus Santa Monica & Marina del Rey)
Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog was started in 2008 as community project that successfully launched the 1st Fridays monthly event on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA. The AKFF blog successfully spread brand awareness and within a year the event attendance grew from a modest 50 people to over 1500 each month coming from all over Los Angeles. The blog organically expanded to cover Venice events, shops, restaurants, nightlife and continues reporting on events that are beneficial to the community, including: The Venice Art Walk, The Venice Home & Garden Tour, Taste of Abbot Kinney and more. Since there are so many exciting events and places to go it was natural to expand coverage to the Marina del Rey and Santa Monica areas. The great thing about the AKFF Blog is that it’s primary audience is based in Los Angeles – Angelenos who want to eat, shop and play in the beach areas! Plus, the AKFF Blog has Page 1 Google status for over three years in multiple search categories, providing a powerful platform for people seeking info on Venice, Santa Monica and Marina del Rey and advertisers who wish to reach them.
Contact the AKFF Blog:
Janet Gervers, Editor Email Janet
Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog Team:
Founder & Editor: Janet Gervers – a Venice local for over a decade, specializes in digital media creation with her company Jagmedia. She is an original Silicon Valley website designer and Silicon Beach interactive media designer. Her passion for the Venice community led to founding the Abbot Kinney First Fridays blog back in 2008 to build brand awareness and increase the modest attendance of the Abbot Kinney Boulevard event held on the First Friday of each month. Within a year the event was booming and she decided to cover all types of Venice events and develop this pro bono project into a startup business. In addition, she wrote a Venice events column for Venice Patch and is published in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) magazine.
Special Features Writer: Tryg Hanson has a variety of published works from rock n’ roll to the financial sector. He is involved in the financial world writing online SEO (search engine optimization) content and press releases for the Tiber Creek Corporation. His passion for music is expressed through articles, interviews and reviews as a guest columnist for R&R, Radio and Records Newspaper and regular contributor to SLAM and Night Sites and Sounds. Tryg is also an actor whose credits include improv comedy, plays and independent films and he is a regular spoken word performer at the Velvet Guerilla Cabaret in Santa Monica. A fervent Green Bay Packers fan from Wisconsin who has been a member of the Santa Monica community for over 15 years.
Community Writer: Cheryl Gelling uses her expertise in communication, public relations and social media as a nonprofit professional and writer. She is a resourceful consultant and community activist who makes time to volunteer for worthy organizations such as the American Heart Association, Venice Family Clinic, Make Music Los Angeles, Girls In Tech for the White House Equal Futures App Challenge (as a member of California Women's Innovators Network,) on stage hosting the Green Living Stage at the LA Green Festival and networking with media and community leaders as a member of Entertainment Publicists Professional Society and an ASLA Certified Seminar Leader. Cheryl’s passion for the arts and social justice is inspiring!