From Pioneer Press News-Star
10. Year of the blog
Always interesting, always opinionated and at times, more rancorous than a middle-school lunch room, neighborhood bloggers have both delighted and consternated their readers, as well as becoming the bane of some local aldermen's existence.
Chicago's blogosphere has helped create a "virtual back fence" where neighbors now gather to shape each other's civic lives, whether to complain about "the Stroger fund" where their property taxes drain like water through a sieve, or exchange information about neighborhood issues that otherwise get overlooked by the major daily newspapers or evening news.
Bloggers added brutal honesty as well as frivolity to the 2007 city elections. Like them or not, Mr. or Ms. Elected Official, they are here to stay and hold you accountable.
So here's to 24/7 North of Howard Watchers, Aldertrack II, Alderman's Intern, The Bench, Broken Heart of Rogers Park, Buena Park Neighbors, CTA Tattler, Dog Fight in the 50th, The Living Room of Rogers Park, Rogers Park Inconsistent, Rogers Park Neighbors, Rogers Park Rake, That's My Opinion, Uptown Update, What the Helen, and all the others that haven't been updated in six months.