A Transparent Habit

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Developing a good habit can be rewarding, but sticking with one can often be very hard.  You have to be intentional with your goals.  A good habit has to become a priority.

Over the years, the City of Auburn Hills has developed a habit of being “transparent” with its communications.  The City uses various methods of getting the word out ranging from face to face public meetings to the use of Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

In February 2012, the Community Development Department created this blog as a way to get information out to the public.  Over the years, it has been a challenge at times to keep the blog going.  We almost quit the project in mid-2014.  It’s easy to make excuses when things get busy.  Luckily, a co-worker (an intern) saw us struggling and gave us a timely pep talk.  It’s funny how a little encouragement, at just the right time, can tip the balance between success and failure.  Thanks, Sam!


As we start 2016, it’s good to look back at some key statistics for the blog.  In almost four years, our team has written 665 stories.  These stories have been viewed over 136,000 times.

  • In 2012, we posted 199 stories with about 18,000 views
  • In 2013, we posted 144 stories with about 25,000 views
  • In 2014, we posted 149 stories with about 37,000 views
  • In 2015, we posted 173 stories with about 56,000 views

We look forward to continuously improving this platform of storytelling.  Our goal is to write 150 stories in 2016.

Stay tuned for what we expect will be a very productive and exciting year.

Thank you for reading our blog.  Happy New Year!