Why I've Decided to Stay with ChicagoNow for 2012

Why I've Decided to Stay with ChicagoNow for 2012

Dear Ya'll,

I have been unhappy with a great deal that's taken place over the last year on DaBearsBlog. I do not care for the new layout, which manages to strip our site of all its personality. I do not particularly care for the new commenter experience, which makes it very difficult to follow a particular conversational thread. (There are also some post creation issues that baffle me but I won't bore you with the minutiae of Word Press.) I do not like that so many readers have inundated both my email box (jeff@dabearsblog.com) and the ChicagoNow email box with complaints about a site that prided itself for years on its simplicity.

So why has DaBearsBlog decided to stay with the ChicagoNow network for 2012? It is a valid question and I think you, the loyal readers, deserve valid answers. Here they are:

  • The process of returning to a fully independent web site would require several months of preparation/work and those are not months I could find in my schedule in 2011. If we decide at the end of 2012 to leave the network we'll be needing to hire designers to remake the look of the site and developers to build a functional home able to handle the increased traffic. I was simply not willing to move to a half-assed site for a substantial period of time.
  • ChicagoNow pays me. Real American currency. And if we went back to an independent site I would lose income that I see no real reason to lose. Work, in every field, feels too tenuous at this point to disregard consistent cash.
  • We all see the old site through rose colored glasses but we have had far fewer site meltdowns since the move to ChicagoNow than we had as an independent site. And with ChicagoNow there is a full-time staff ready to fix those errors, as opposed to my spending three hours trying to get Noah on the phone.
  • I believe in this network's ability to reach a large number of people in the Chicagoland area. Our site's traffic numbers are tremendous but they are less-than-stellar around Chicago. It is an area I'll be aggressively pursuing in the coming year and I believe being part of this network will aid in that pursuit.

So we are staying with the network for another year. Beyond that, who knows? Nothing is writ in cement here currently. If you have issues you're encountering on a regular basis please continue to contact both myself and the system administrators. Next year the Chicago Bears are going to win the Super Bowl (I'm officially the first to predict that) and it will be a landmark year for all of us. Hopefully by the end of 2012 we'll all be happy at ChicagoNow. If we're not...it's back to the dark alleys of the internet with us.


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  • Here's to a great 2012 and key offseason aquisitions by the Bears!

    Also, Chicago Now runs their site like a 6th grade computer science class.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I'm pretty sure they ARE a 6th grade comp sci class.
    And Jimmy is the TA.

    Could you guys hear me on the mic last night? I need to switch to a full bluetooth/mic setup. I have a low-end headset and was trying to listen to the game audio through my receiver. It was really bad. I could barely make out what you guys were saying and footsteps were impossible to hear. I don't know if it's due to having a non-functional speaker over one ear or what.

  • Sounds like ChicagoNow is your Mike Martz.

    "Should we can him? Nah, let's hold on for one more year and see what he can do. He won't possibly keep up the 7 step drops, will he?"

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Brilliantly said Evantonio

  • There's a full-time staff? Maybe one of them could come on for a Q&A. I'm curious why this blog lacks certain basics (comment sorting, comment edit, comment preview). I don't think WordPress lacks these tools. And why do I have to allow Google.com to log in?

    Where does this site rank in hits among ChicagoNow blogs?

  • By the way, I find Peyton's crocodile tears over the firing of the Polian family to be absurd.
    The guy basically hung Bill Polian out to dry repeatedly this year and now he's "shocked" that Irsay fired them?
    I kind of doubt your owner did anything without your tacit approval, Turtlehead.

  • Whoa. Jerry gone:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    yup. saw that. jeff is sad, but i am not.


    let's not get excited yet. with our luck, McCaskey is gonna promote Martz to GM.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    It's more likely that Martz is next on the chopping block.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    heavens i hope so. that would make my wiggle stick dance with delight.

    let's bring in Jeremy Bates to make Jay smile. i'm all about making Jay smile.

  • Jerry Angelo Fired! Wow, did not see that coming

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    I somewhat saw it coming, but Crunch is the first place I saw it. However, clicking through, it is still at the "multiple sources" stage, no confirmation.

    That, however, will come as a shock to the apologist who runs The 4th Phase.

    On the main topic of the post:

    1. I had commented on various Greenfield blogs about what is wrong with this setup, mostly to no avail. The only thing he did was change the original reverse chronological order of posting to this threaded one, which is somewhat better.

    2. Jeff, you are only the second one I have read to have admitted that they are being paid by the Tribune Co. Everyone else gets huffy when I suggest that. Of course, I have also said, when other authors have threatened me, that I'll hit them in the pocketbook by denying them my click count. I don't know if that will work, but that's all I can do.

  • In reply to jack:

    it's also possible the other writers get huffy because they're NOT getting paid. not because the Trib is holding back their money, but because they just have the traffic/clicks that DaBlog gets.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I wasn't making any intimation why they were huffy, but it is undoubtedly for the reason you state--they aren't getting paid, nor has the Tribune agreed to pay them.

    It also has come up in the context of my asking "how can you criticize the Trib. when you work for them," when apparently they don't.

  • WOW...

  • Holy shnikies!!!

    On my birthday... I shit you not. Holy fucking shit! Happy birthday to me!!!

    ..but, yes, let's see who he gets to replace him. Please god not rusky.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lmfao - can you order me up a Bugatti Veyron while you're on the wish fulfillment kick, MB?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't know about the veyron for you MBP, but I damn well better get the blowjob from the wife tonight.

  • I guess the McCaskeys are part of the Not Fucking Around Crew after all.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Well, George is part of the Crew. As for the rest of the family, they've got a whole mess of history that goes against that statement.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    we'll see MBP... if they don't finish the move and just promote fucking ruskell... THEN it will be a great move.

    Fucken A, I can't even believe this. Wow.

    Oh, and no couldn't really hear you... thought you were being shy. Sorry about buggin out at the end there, I actually didn't mean to. Shady was the original host so when he left I was trying to start us a session for just the three of us, and by the time I figured it out Johnny had already bailed out. Let's do it again soon, but just the 4 of us. I am terrible when there's 8 other 14 year olds running around shooting at everything that moves. I'm much better at the strategic stalk.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I screwed that up... you know what I mean. the excitement got the best of me.

  • Thx Jeff 4 coming bk another yr... i live in Wis and i read your blogs on my phone app evryday at work on break n lunch... they get me thru the day... hope 2 catch u n da Chi on game day one time when im visiting family... signed, disguntled Bears fan Tone

  • In reply to bigbossbear:

    hey now! it's day one of our post-Jerry existence! throw that disgruntlement out the door!

  • BOOM


  • Here you go gary... in a nutshell:

    "While Angelo pulled off a bold trade to acquire quarterback Jay Cutler in 2009, his drafts have failed to strengthen the organization. First-round draft picks have delivered little and even on defense most of the core players were brought in through free agency or were drafted for a different coaching staff."

    (from the link above. No time to give details... but basically, all of the 'starters' you list is the problem with angelo's picks, starters for a year or two then bust, jail, or just bad)

    Btw, with angelo gone, does this render me obsolete on this here blog? I will have to consider that today. Maybe I should retire from the blog too?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When there's nothing left to say just to say it, then you can retire.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Depends on who they select next.

  • new thread!

  • Well this post got buried. Too bad. Please repost it on a slow news day, Jeff.

    Glad to hear CN pays. Makes me less guilty about blocking ads (misbehaving ads only - which is basically all of them).

  • No worries buddy. Wherever this site is I will be there.

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