If you ever glance at the blog view counter on the right side of this page, you might have noticed that this blog just went over 300,000 views. After reaching this milestone, I would like to take the time to thank all of you who have visited, followed, shared, or commented on this blog. Visitors to this site on a daily basis continue to grow — we have been visited by folks from all fifty of the United States and 187 different countries world wide.
I have often been asked why I started this blog. For me, it’s because history is important. Sometimes we don’t know we need to do something until it’s handed to us, and once we have it, we suddenly see and feel its value. As we were getting ready to close the doors to the dealership for the last time in May 2012, I was standing in the empty showroom thinking about all the history, past achievements, and hardships the dealership had endured over the years. Few businesses can say they’ve lasted almost a century. It seemed a particularly pertinent time to start thinking about such a project, as it was a time of reminiscence, but also looking forward.
When I stop to think about what Reed Brothers Dodge has experienced over the last century, from World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, to three economic recessions, two energy crises, and numerous Chrysler setbacks — including the first Chrysler Bailout, the sale of Chrysler to Daimler, and the sale to the private equity firm Cerberus — I could not be more proud to be a part of such an amazing story. It takes resilience to weather 97 years in business. The dealership adapted itself multiple times in order to survive. Through the good times and the bad, Reed Brothers Dodge held on and prospered.
I felt it was important to take the time to ensure our history remained accessible for those who read it years from now, or decades from now, when I or other family members who know the story firsthand are no longer around to tell it. How Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business — all adds up to a great story.
Creating this blog and sharing our business history has been the most rewarding endeavor of my life. I appreciate all of you for your continued support and making Reed Brothers Dodge History one of the places you visit during the course of your day.
Thanks for reading!
Jeanne Gartner, Blog Author
Just a quick post with an offering of thanks to all of you who have stopped in to visit this blog. In the two and a half years since its creation, this blog has seen more than 50,000 page views, crossing the milestone today. And this milestone is dedicated to all the readers who find time in their hectic schedule to stop by for a look and a read.
Thank you to everyone who visits us from all around the world…we have so far been visited by folks from all fifty of the United States and 139 different countries world wide.
I would also like to take the opportunity of this blog milestone of 50,000 views to ask you to help Reed Brothers Dodge History continue to be more and more read. If you like this site, please share it with your friends and family and anyone you think might enjoy it. You can follow this blog directly if you have a Google account, or you can subscribe to get new post notifications delivered to you by email. If you are on Twitter, please follow us @reedbrothers; if you are on Facebook, please drop by and press the “Like” button on Reed Brothers Facebook page.
Business longevity is something to celebrate and share, and it’s an absolute honor and privilege for me to share the history of Reed Brothers Dodge with all of you!
I’m extremely proud of what this blog has accomplished thus far, and I hope to continue reaching new people as time goes on.
I would also like to take this opportunity to offer a special thank you to Hemmings Daily blogger Daniel Strohl, who posted a link to our Historic Timeline on their own blog which helped boost our page views – Four-Links – NYC cop car show, Reed Brothers Dodge history, coachbuilder Mark Nugent, microcars in the Pacific Northwest written by Daniel Strohl June 22, 2013.
Thank you to everyone who visits us from all around the world…we have so far been visited by folks from all fifty of the United States and 114 different countries world wide.
I’m seriously blown away by the momentum this blog has carried in the way of page views over the past few months. But this blog wouldn’t exist, no matter how great the ideals behind it and no matter how much drive I had to share them, if it weren’t for our readers.