Back in May of 2010 I began archiving emails from readers of this column. As of Friday, those number 1,420 , and that doesn’t count the paper letters that arrive. Snippets of many of the above have ended up in monthly reader-feedback columns.
What many of those correspondents are unaware of is there’s another feedback mechanism, a blog connected to this column. This is the first time I’ve specifically pimped it in print.
It’s called Dan Casey’s Blog, and it’s on Roanoke.com. It’s updated daily and is live 24 hours a day. It’s a fun and lively place, though in a few ways it’s become a bane of my existence.
All of the columns are posted there. Many emails I get are posted as “Your daily letter to the Columnist.” There’s a daily “open” thread that solicits comments on any subject, and regular “guest posts” from readers on a variety of topics.
Some concern local issues, such as the appropriateness of building hotels on a former school site in the Dorchester neighborhood. Others are from far away, and on subject as arcade as a visit to an absinthe bar in Prague.
The blog also attracts comments from readers, too, and that’s where a lot of the action is. Since its inception, back in 2009, it’s racked up more than 190,000 comments. It’ll probably hit 200,000 sometime in March if not before then.
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