Watching the site come together so quickly is a pretty wild experience for all of us working on ChicagoNow.
But it is an even bigger kick to watch ChicagoNow come to life in person.
That's what happens when our bloggers get together. And that's what happened Thursday
night as we marked our second full month in existence with a gathering at Joey's Brickhouse, owned by Food Fight bloggers Greg and
Here are some of the images
ingrained in my head: Sex blogger Anna Pully and Godless blogger Rob
Sherman swapping memories of their previous meeting. . . . Feast of
Fun's Fausto Fernós giving dating and blogging advice to our as-yet-unlaunched dating advice bloggers. . . . Frugalista's Carrie Kirby
carrying her 2-week-old baby boy Toth around. . . . Chicago Bar-Tender Marian
Wang accepting many congrats for her Tweet lawsuit story that was
translated around the world. . . . Our upcoming foreclosure
expert Stephanie Walker meeting her first ChicagoNow blogger, ironically enough, Rent or
Buy's Maureen Wilkey . . . Sherman offering tours of "The Sherman-ator,"
his RV that was parked outside Joey's. (Apparently Rob and I'm
Spiritual Dammit's Jen Weigel both have ways to find parking spaces). .
. . Then there were those Jameson shots or this paragraph would be
Thanks to the hard work of the ChicagoNow bloggers and staffers, we had
reason to be in a pretty good mood. We finished July with more than
1.2 million pageviews and 500,000 unique visitors. That's up from the
700,000 and 250,000 in June. We have more than 4,000 registered users.
A special thanks goes to our bloggers'
community members. We appreciate your vital role and your patience as
we build out the site.
Our work is far from over, though. August will mark our move out of
beta, a new home page, more blogs and the first big marketing push.
And no doubt another blogger gathering.