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Scene from a Blogfinger editorial meeting. Photo by Steve Schapiro from The Godfather part I

Scene from a Blogfinger editorial meeting.
Photo by Steve Schapiro from The Godfather part I.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net.   2013 Repost:

Recently a Blogfinger reader became very upset by something that was said by a commenter.  I pointed out  to the reader that we get many visits to this blog, on average about 1,500-2,000 per day. But only a relatively small number make any comments.—estimated by me to be less than 1% of readers.  So,  no need to get upset by what one person says, especially one who is anonymous.

I think there is a tendency to believe that just because something is said in print (blog comments are technically “in print” and are referred to as being “published.”) doesn’t mean that such opinions are any more valuable than those inside our readers’  heads.

I have no problem with anonymous opinions, but, to be honest, an anonymous opinion has less standing than one by a person who would give their real name.  Some of you do give your real name, and I especially value those statements. But our readers will be the judges of how seriously to take the comments on Blogfinger.

We actually  don’t let comments appear by “Anonymous.”   Everyone who signs in as “Anonymous” gets assigned a nickname  (a task I really enjoy), but mostly so the back and forth gets aimed at the right unknown person.

I don’t know why more readers don’t join our conversations.  I guess it is a form of stage fright even though you can wear a mask, like the actors in an ancient Greek play. Or maybe most people see no point in commenting publicly.  They prefer to be observers rather than participants.

It’s fine that so few of you say anything, but I know for sure that reading comments on Blogfinger is an activity that many of you enjoy.   Some of you tell me in person that that you like the interactions, so simply by reading the comments, our readers (“the bloogers”)  are, in a way, part of the discussions.

We screen all comments that come in so that we can maintain a civil tone and a presentable style. We post 95% of comments that we receive and we edit a few more.

It’s like the photo above. The editor hears you before you get to speak on Blogfinger.  But it’s not personal—it’s business.

NINO ROTA. “The Love Theme from the Godfather.”   From the original soundtrack

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Ghandi in Union Square Park. By Paul Goldfinger © NYC Street series

Ghandi in Union Square Park. By Paul Goldfinger © NYC Street series

Some of you might recall a post last October  (see link below) which described how Blogfinger would be changing.  Those who read this blog regularly may have noticed those changes.  But now it is time to continue moving in that same direction.

Blogfinger policy change 2014

My experiment in small town news and information has been successful to a point.  Some day I will write about this experience which will be six years old in June, with 2.3 million visits since our founding.  The reason for further changes are complicated—some personal and some practical.

At any rate, the following changes will be implemented immediately:

1. I want to move more towards my original concept which was to have a personal blog to show my own photographs, to write articles on subjects that interest me, to explore new and old music,  and to educate the public about medical topics.  I need to spend more time on my personal photography including a big project of scanning and digitizing years of black and white negatives.  In addition I will be digitizing my collection of vinyl records: original soundtracks and jazz especially.

As for photography on the Blog, the standards will become more stringent.  I want BF to show only first rate images, including photographs from some of the most famous artists, including new ones.   You can send your photos, but only exceptional ones will be posted.  I know that the process is subjective, but after years of study, I have a good idea of what I like.  Moe Demby, a professional photographer, will be my new photo editor to help with decisions.  If a good news photo shows up, we will use it.

2. One area that has been problematic for me relates to Ocean Grove news/politics/issues/some people/OG organizations/ and Township officials.     I will be moving away from all that.

If I do write about OG it will be about selected interesting subjects.  We will continue our current topic regarding the North End, until that subject is resolved.  In the Wassup section, we will announce some selected events,  but only those which are extra special.

3.  Blogfinger will not be sponsoring the 2016 Town Wide Yard Sale.  Hopefully some organization in town or a group of citizens will grab the ball and run with it.  All they need to do is to announce it on Blogfinger,, and the chance to go forward with the 5th Annual version will be theirs for the taking.

4.  Another problem is that running Blogfinger is just too time consuming, so we need to cut back  to gain more personal time.  I will not necessarily be posting every day.  There may be times when I don’t show up for days, so don’t worry, I am not dead yet.

5. There is a tremendous need across the country for hyperlocal news organizations  in small towns.  There have been some successful ones in New Jersey.  But it is not sustainable without a model that raises money for staff, etc.  If somebody wants to try that in Ocean Grove, I would be supportive.

Thank you for your cooperation:    Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger

FROM SPAMALOT   (soundtrack):

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On the occasion of our fifth anniversary and our 2 millionth visit, we are announcing some changes at Blogfinger.

We will retain our focus on Ocean Grove—our fascinating and beautiful town, especially the quirky and unusual stories that we enjoy.

We will not, however, cover local politics or try to post all the hard news in town.

Blogfinger will continue its popular themes which include photography, music, poetry, Wassup, Just Wondering, Neighborhood Watch, gardening with Miss Pegi, OG history, Asbury Connection, Jersey Shore gallery, contests and polls, recipes, movie and restaurant reviews, and medical articles.

We will continue to report on grand themes such as our ongoing coverage of the OG Boardwalk/FEMA saga, our interest in the town’s curious and evolving demographics, and the forces at play in retaining (or not) Ocean Grove as a historic treasure.

Comments are welcomed, and we encourage more of you to use your real names. It gives your opinions more credibility.

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the last five years.


Paul Goldfinger and the staff @Blogfinger


KATHY BRIER  and VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS    from the HBO hit series Board Walk Empire


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BLOGFINGER: 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for Blogfinger.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 510,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 22 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

BOB DYLAN:  “New Morning”

“This must be the day

“That all of my dreams come true

“So happy just to be alive

“Underneath the sky of blue

” On this new mornin’, new mornin’

“On this new mornin’ with you.”

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We all receive emails sent only to us, and we send emails addressed only to one person.   What if the person to whom you send an email  goes ahead and forwards it to others, even though there is no indication that you wanted them to do so?

Do you think that this is OK?  Do you thing that it is bad manners, or do you think it is illegal?  The question is: Do you have an expectation of privacy when you send someone a personal email?

Here are some comments I found on the Internet regarding this issue:

1.  The people you include in the “To” field should be the people you expect to read and respond to the message. The “CC” field should be used sparingly. You should only CC people who have a need to stay in the know. The “BCC” field should be used even more sparingly. People you include in the “BCC” field will not be visible to others.

2.  if you are forwarding a private e-mail that was sent to you, you must get the sender’s permission to forward it on to others (or post it publicly). E-mails are copyright protected by their authors. Not only that, common courtesy dictates that you should ask the author first if the e-mail sent for your eyes only can be forwarded to strangers or others for which it was not originally intended.

Please comment below and note that your comments may be read by anyone in the world who has access to the internet

—Paul, Editor  @Blogfinger

Editor’s note:  Our policy on Blogfinger is that if you send us an email, we may publish it, UNLESS you ask us not to—then we will honor that request.   You can find that rule in our “contact” page on top.       Paul

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