The Cafe is 5 years old tomorrow, October 1st. We are still very active in spite of Facebook and the newspaper blogs which also have, for the most part, diminished in readership. In the 5 years of our existance we have posted 1776 articles and 16,398 comments.
Gone are Connecticut’s most active CT political blog CTLocalPolitics, the Pomfret blogs, FreeNorwich (one article per month), BlogNetNews which rated blogs (and rated the Cafe #1 and #2 in the state on multiple occasions), the UnTruth website (nothing since January) and others.
These statements below by Friedman at the NYTimes illustrate how we got started. Remember “In Woodstockistan” that angered Wetzel and the then elected officials?
From Friedman’s column “Power to the (Blogging) People“: “With an estimated 70 million bloggers, China’s leaders are under constant pressure now to be more assertive by a populist- and nationalist-leaning blogosphere, which, in the absence of democratic elections, is becoming the de facto voice of the people. “also
“How much China’s leaders will be able to cool it, though, will depend, in part, on a third party: the Chinese blogosphere, where a whole generation of Chinese schooled by the government on the notion that the U.S. and the West want to keep China down, now have their own megaphones to denounce any Chinese official who compromises too much as “pro-American” or “a traitor.” “
The Cafe acts as a conduit to other local websites. Below are the leading referrals from the last 1100 visitors. Take some time to visit these sites. The Pomfret Times is a classy local newspaper that just went online last month and will publish the October issue soon.
Referrals for last 1100 visitors (updated 10/9/2010):
36 www.remindernews.com/ – Sarah Hamby’s articles
43 ctv14.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f2900749fdedd69076f40d704fdef96d – the debate