Can it be just a little more than 2 years ago that I received an email from my great friend Miglo, asking if I would be interested in helping with a blog.
Migs advised me that he had decided to call the blog the same as his Facebook group; Café Whispers. Migs had started this Facebook group..let me see, a little after September ’09.
There are no 2nd guesses as to who the first-ever comment belongs:
You can learn a lot about human nature from blog sites.
For myself, I’ll never forget the encouragement received from Migs to write my first post. Migs, you know that I would never have done it without you. In my mind’s eye I can still imagine that cheeky grin as he patiently told me, “Just do it”.
This blog is something quite unique, or at least I believe that if one went looking for anything resembling, that it would be very difficult to find.
When Migs first started this blog he said to me that he wanted to give a voice to people, to encourage “citizen journalists”. Migs’ effort in this regard has been outstanding, and I dare say that I might have helped a little along the way. A look down the RHS reveals just a few names of the people who we have encouraged to write. Migs has also freely, and with such generousity provided a venue to enable “anyone” to put up topics. We have had everyone, from professional writers to those who have never had one single word of their’s ever published.
Likewise, there have never been any restrictions on topics, it is always that which the author chooses to write about. Again, in this way this blog is quite unique.
During the history of the blog we have covered the-up-to-the-minute issues, challenged mainstream media, and I think most importantly of all, written about issues which mainstream are not interested in. It mattered not the number of hits, nor the number of “shares”.
These issues have included: indigenous, gay rights and disabilities. The response from people to both of us, Migs and myself is 100% appreciation, and in this we are humbled. There was no “agenda”, nothing to be gained personally, but the thing to be gained is that special appreciation.
For my own self, this place has become far more than just a blog, it’s become a circle of friends.
Migs is certainly the stats person, but at my guess we have more than doubled our number of daily hits in the last 10 or so months. As Migs noted on our Second Birthday topic “Now, two years later we’ve received over 76,000 comments from almost 700 posts and are nearing a half a million visits. Over 300 bloggers have commented at the Café.”
Therefore, on behalf of Admin, BIG CONGRATULATIONS must go to all of our very valued authors and contributors. It’s you who have enabled the Café to reached this very impressive milestone. But especially, Congratulations to my bestie Migs, who enabled the whole thing to happen.