A year ago, who could have predicted what locally, 2008 would bring?
Sure, Kevin Aguiar becoming State Rep. was something 'I predicted' but all the rest? Who could have seen Mayor Correia garnering all sorts of good will in his first 100 days, just to throw is all away in the next 100! Who could have seen the debacle with the school budget, (and I don't care how the Mayor explains it, he cut the budget and added on expenses.) Who would have believed that by the end of the year WSAR would no longer have Mike Moran or Keri Rodrigues?
It's been a crazy year! However, for Fall River bloggers it has been a noteworthy one.
Local blogs have generated over 300 posts this year and attracted over 150,000 visits! And local bloggers haven't just waited for things to blog about. Local bloggers have often shared an opinion long before a similar opinion is offered by the local paper or radio station. Local bloggers were proactive in championing a petition drive to reverse the Mayor's decision to change the fire chief to a contract position. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the petition drive garnered over 9,000 signatures. Local blogs (particularly Fall River-tastic) were speaking out about Miller Green long before the issue was covered anywhere else.
What's in store for 2009? You can be sure that with it being an election year that even more people will stumble across local blogs and that local bloggers will be sharing their thoughts and reminding you of campaign promises not kept. I know I'm looking forward to it.
Here's wishing you the best in 2009!