This blog continues to break traffic records every month — and December is no exception. (In fact, it already has). That’s up from zero less than two years ago. More important, there are more than 16,200 signed comments. Together, we’ve built a community of intelligent discourse, probing a wide range of issues, including tackling some “sacred cows.” Thanks for your invaluable contributions.
Simply put, there’s demand for independent voices, in our community and elsewhere, and the internet provides it. Small communities such as ours long have suffered from a bottleneck of communications — the “media monopoly” as educator and journalist Ben Bagdikian put it.
The Sacramento Bee’s blogging network (of which this blog and SierraCulture.com were original members) also is celebrating continued growth in only a year. As I’ve said all along, it’s the wave of the future.
I enjoy working with the Bee. A reported called the other day for some background on the West Shore Cafe and Inn in Tahoe re-opening under the ownership of JMA Ventures (Alpine Meadows and Homewood), and he kindly credited Sierra FoodWineArt magazine — a “win win.” It’s a very collaborative relationship.
A memo I received on Thursday, illustrating the growth of the Bee’s blogging network, is here:
“In December 2009, Sacramento Connect did not exist. At that time, it was still in development, still being discussed, designed, and vetted. The idea of a newspaper creating a blog and community news network was (and still is), a rather unique undertaking.
“After launching on March 29 with a couple dozen local bloggers and community news websites, the network has grown to triple digits, with 102 Sacramento Connect partners (and another 17 in process), representing a wonderful range of interests and expertise from our region—from news, food, and gardening to parenting, politics, health, opinion, sports, pets, photography, and much more.
“Up from zero a year ago, 1,200 people “Like” Sacramento Connect on Facebook, and 600 follow us on Twitter. Since launching in the spring we have sent out 1,669 Tweets linking to your articles and blog posts. Traffic within the entire network has also steadily increased, with close to a million monthly page views.”
I would also like to reiterate a kudos to NCVoices, the local aggregation site created by resident Anna Haynes, as well as the informative Facebook pages created by many residents. For a small community, our social media is booming.
Here’s to more success in 2011!
This video sums up the trend well: