This site's goal is to help facilitate discussions and remove the stigma of those first-time, awkward, in-person introductions. A good way to quickly meet other Astorians with similar interests is to check out our groups. We have several that span interests from Parenting to Pub Crawling that meet on a regular basis. If you're new to the area or want to share your likes/dislikes, check 'em out! If you're curious about some of our past activities, take a look at our photos.
There is no one more informed and up-to-the-second than you. You're the first on the scene, the first to get an invite, and the last to leave. You are Astoria. We invite you to share your Astoria with the community early and often!
Ran Craycraft, Editor/Founder
Ran created WLA in April of 2008 as an easy, online way for people to meet their neighbors. It began as a small, social group and has quickly grown to a community of thousands of hooligans. Ran is originally from Stout, Ohio, and attended Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
Anyone with a profile on WLA?! can post a daily blog or participate in our discussion forum. We would love to hear about your Astoria. Don't forget to post all of your upcoming public events!
Members of WLA?! come from very diverse backgrounds--fitting for our wonderfully diverse community. Everyone on this site is here because they want to increase their circle of friends, so if you find someone who sparks your interest, we encourage you contact them. And as always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We hope you enjoy the site!
WLA offers a broad range of sponsorship packages that allow local brands to engage directly with the community. We feel strongly about keeping this site free for our users--to do this, we enthusiastically partner with local businesses who share our interests and demographic. For more information on our incredibly competitive rates, please contact sales (at) whyleaveastoria (dot) com or give us a call: