It’s hard for me to believe, but the counter is correct. Two days ago I received a congratulatory email from Manuela Michailescu telling me that this blog had surpassed 40,000 pages views. Considering we started this blog only last December, I think for local politics that’s a remarkable milestone.I agree. The Cloakroom surpassed the 30,000 hit plateau just a few days ago, this for a blog that was started in early February. Not bad.
The Cloakroom has also recently been put on the list of NY Newsday Westchester's list of featured Hudson Valley blogs, so it's nice to see one's writing getting noticed.
I think what our blogs are proving is that there is a market for this kind of thing. People want to feel engaged in the local community, but doing so in-person is often difficult. People have families, sometime more than one job that cuts into their scant free time, etc. Blogs give people a chance to vent on their own time. You don't have to agree with everything that's written; in fact, you can't have a debate unless you have disagreement.
The need to feel engaged, and to participate in discussion, is something we all have in common.