Cornwall ON – Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know the kind where you feel your on one of those airport motorized walkways, only that’s it’s going faster and faster and you can’t jump off?
I guess the choice is to enjoy the scenery and the wind in your hair or stress out 🙂
A lot is happening around here. A lot of stories, material and oddness creeping around and rumbling; like Solar Flares just not as ….
Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Most of you reading these words are women so an extra cheer to all of you for helping support us by viewing, and I’m hoping you’re all thanking our sponsors by visiting their websites and where possible using their products and services as they pay the bills to keep us going.
According to our demographics Women 35-44 are our number one viewers at 17%. It was nice to see more women posting recently. Normally it feels like it’s cranky old guys that do most of the commenting, not that there’s anything wrong with cranky old men….
But I digress.
We’ve only done one Charlie Sheen story. There’s so much material there, but what interests me is that like any car wreck it’s the gawker’s that fascinate me.
I mean would Charlie be getting all this attention if there wasn’t interest? Are many of us hypocrites in that we will comment and pooh pooh the whole event, but still gossip about it and watch the coverage? It reminds me of a local drama aired out recently that had a tremendous amount of traffic on our site. Staggering and surprising especially as it was never meant to be a traffic type story.
While I’m taking this intimate moment to chat with all of you, to interrupt our daily flow of news, I wanted to comment on a few tid bits. One of the biggest criticism the CFN gets is that we’re not a traditional newspaper. It’s usually by failed journalism students working in fast food restaurant or anything other than journalism and it’s slung with passion and …..soemething.
Well what can I say? In The Social Networking movie the main character keeps saying “We don’t know what this is yet..” and I feel that way too about this site. Is it a true newspaper? Is it a message board? Is it trash or class? Adam Brazeau loves to call us TMZ, but TMZ is one awfully popular and successful media site in its own right and surely more successful than anything Mr. Brazeau has worked on or probably ever will until he learns how to use spell check.
Media is forever changing. When I started The Cornwall Free News the focus was on the word “Free” and the goal was not to cover the same old same old in the same way. I think in many wasy I’ve achieved my goals. It’s funny…when the paper started people would contact and connect with me. There was this personal connection via a very public medium. People don’t know me as a person; they only have the snippets from what I print here.
Now, with over 30,000 people viewing per month from all over the world never mind the country I still get emails and calls and people feel they know me. I kinda like that.
So I think it’s time to end this chat. The big news here is that we’re about to have a name change, but that’s for another chat. If you could change our name from The Cornwall Free News, what would you change it to? You can post your comments below and thanks to each and every single one of you; fried or foe, for making us the fastest growing media site in Canada.
Jamie Gilcig, your editor of The Cornwall Free News