Community Blogging Keeps Getting Better
I was thinking the other day how good it is to discuss town matters here on Wareham Week with others who I actually know and/or have met and would be happy enjoying a beer with.
When WW first started, I think we had some very constructive discussions by many folks who used their real names. Some of it was rather high-brow in my opinion - notably some of the Charter Review discussions. Then for a bit things seemed to crash and burn for a little while. WW seemed overrun by many with anonymous names who just seemed to want to bring the feuding from the other websites here.
Now things seem to be getting better again. I think the discussions surrounding the town's financial debacles (yes plural) have been particularly helpful to the whole community. I think the key to all of this was so many real people blogging publicly here with their real names (or who use a nickname but have identified their real name). That doesn't happen much on other websites in town.
So I took a moment and I tried to recall as many bloggers as I could on Wareham Week who used their real name in the past 6 months. This is what I came up with. Feel free to add to it if you recall more.
Note: I apologize in advance if I butchered anyone's spelling (I can edit it if needed). The list is alphabetical by first name. That means I really didn't mean to put Lisa between Larry and Liz :-)
PHILLIP DAVID TRIPP
Not too shabby a crew if I do say so myself. That's the diversity of  names (not including myself) of people from many different backgrounds and experiences who care and who have demonstrated the courage of their convictions - and the heat that comes with it at times. I tip my hat to you all.
And don't get me wrong there are even more active anonymous posters here, and their contributions shouldn't go unnoticed either, of course. Myself, I pay particular attention to what WaterSprite and BigBrother have to say, among others. I understand some folks have their reasons for remaining anonymous. That's fine by me as long as you help elevate the level of discourse in this town - which many do.
We might not all agree on everything, but the key is to keep working through it with an open dialouge. Many might not realize it, but there is more common ground between us than there is not.
Enjoy the weekend. I'll see you around.
I changed the title per DavidsGirl's feedback.