|December 31, 2005||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
As we reflect on this year...BuzzFlash has grown
Note: This editorial replaced our home page from 9 PM on December 31, 2005 to 12 PM on January 1, 2006.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Don't panic. Yes, our homepage looks different today. We're not on vacation, nor has BuzzFlash been hacked. We haven't lost our minds ... yet. We're just doing something a little special today for our BuzzFlash readers.
Even as we speak, BuzzFlash is collecting headlines and stories we know are important to you. BuzzFlash is still providing news and commentary 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, just like we've always done since we started in May of 2000, and we will continue to do so.
But for the next 15 hours until noon on January 1, we are hiding the links on the BuzzFlash homepage because there is something we want to tell you. (Yes, for those who REALLY NEED their Buzz, we'll show you how to get to the homepage, but you have to read this first).
As we reflect on this year we're humbled by how much we've accomplished together as a community and how much BuzzFlash has grown.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
We are so grateful to each and every one of you for reading BuzzFlash. And we want you to know your support is making a difference.
As you can imagine, there are some days that one injustice, or one lie from Bush or Cheney, or some distortion in the mainstream media particularly galls one of our editors to stomp about the office shouting, "Can you believe this?! How can they get away with this?!" We each take turns, so when a rant begins, the rest of the team can utter "I know, I know." Sound familiar? Maybe you've had some experience like this yourself.
But something else happens at BuzzFlash that, like our logo, sends a bolt of energy through the office electrifying us and reminding us of our shared mission. It's when a BuzzFlash reader writes us an email like this one we received from "Rich" a couple weeks ago:
What does one say after reading a letter like that, except that our readers inspire us and bring a smile to our faces, too.
At BuzzFlash we have a different relationship with our readers. We don't accept advertising of any kind. We don't see you as consumers. We are kindred spirits with our readers - really, our partners. Together we have built a little old public square for the twenty-first century, firmly rooted in the foundations of democracy. Disguised as a news web site, BuzzFlash is a place to speak, learn, debate, laugh, rejuvenate our spirits, share our vision of America together, embrace irreverence, to rant when Bush's lies become overwhelming, to scrutinize the media when they come up short, and to promote our values of honesty, accountability, open mindedness, equality, and justice.
BuzzFlash is part of a movement that is redefining media as we know it, and you are helping to make it possible.
So today we want to tell you how your contributions have helped BuzzFlash achieve so much.
Quite an accomplishment, don't you think, for a little progressive news web site that started with only 34 readers back in May of 2000 and now provides as many as 170,000 visitor sessions each day (according to Urchin)?
Together, we've built BuzzFlash into a powerful voice, and we're thankful to you for supporting us every step of the way.
This New Year's Eve, in between champagne toasts, we hope you take some time to reconnect with the things that you're grateful for and the things that really matter to you. We hope for each and every one of you that next year will be better than the last. We wish this for our country and for people everywhere.
2006 is going to be a big year for our country, especially with the burgeoning movement to bring the troops home from Iraq and the coming midterm elections that will test whether Americans will hold the Republicans and the Bush administration accountable.
It's going to be a big year for BuzzFlash, too. We hope you stick with us for the ride.
On this New Year's Eve, we feel that optimism and opportunity are in the air. We also want you to know that BuzzFlash is here for the long haul. Taking back our country may not happen overnight, but we believe the knowledge and the community we're building with BuzzFlash is helping to take us there.
We wish you and your families peace and happiness on this special night.
In humble gratitude,
Happy New Year's from BuzzFlash.com
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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P.P.S. Don't worry, the headlines, if you really need or want to get some buzz, are right here. Otherwise, we'll catch up with you soon.