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Stoop-Sitting for Singles

I’m one of the Interweb’s charter bloggers. In 1999 I began scribing the Brooklyn local site for For most of the following three years, I wrote weekly articles about life in the “Mother Borough.” I used to have an archive of all my old content, but a hard drive crash in the early 2000s put an end to that. Or so I thought.

2010 Knight News Challenge Deadline December 1st

This year’s Knight News Challenge deadline is December 1st. If you have an innovative idea about disseminating community news online, now is the time to apply for this Chicago Community Trust-managed grant competition.

Chicago Blogosphere, Heal Thyself…Not

Chicago bloggers frequently express interest in creating a local ad network. But until we all get over the rampant tendency to consider each other mortal enemies in the futile quest for the next-big-multimillion-dollar online idea, none of us is getting off the blogger bread line anytime soon.

Blogging Beyond the Bread Line

Another year, another potentially generic Chicago community news conference. But at this year’s convening, Community Media Workshop and Growth Spur CEO Mark Potts put forward a couple of cogent calls to action for Windy City funders and bloggers alike, to stop talking and start getting things done. Let’s do.

ChicagoNow You See It, Now You Don’t

Last week, ChicagoNow pulled a controversial post from popular blogger “Joe the Cop” after a day of protest personally led by Time Out Chicago editor-in-chief Frank Sennett. Sennett called Joe a racist on Twitter in a day-long stream of 100 tweets. I think the real question is whether that makes Sennett an Internet bully.

PR Firms: You’re Never “Anonymous” on the Internet

I’d like to know how an anonymous, scathing comment about my recent criticism of the Visit Milwaukee tourism campaign got on my blog from…the IP address of a PR firm employed by Visit Milwaukee. How about you?

Happy Anniversary: Five Years of Chicago Carless

Happy Birthday to Chicago Carless! My little blog that could is now officially five years old. Here’s a look at why I created it and where we’ve been together in the past 12 months. And thank you for being here to read it.

“The archives will remain online”: The Troubling History of Geoff Dougherty

Media entrepreneur Geoff Dougherty ran two multimedia news ventures into the ground. Now, the embattled Chicago Reader has hired him as associate publisher. Maybe they didn’t read his press. Here’s a look at the track record the Reader’s new owners may have missed.

The Status Quo Vs. The Local Blogger

In Chicago, how people feel privately about the status quo and what they say about it in public are rarely the same. That applies to Chicago’s blogosphere, too. In a new-media space where dissent makes people run for cover, how can local bloggers hope to make change happen?

Windy Citizen Widens Discussion with New “Essential Chicago” Facebook Page

The Windy Citizen, Chicago’s leading community-news forum, is bringing the discussion to Facebook. Debuting this month as a home for conversations about all things local: WC’s ‘Essential Chicago’ Facebook page.