It’s hard work trying to wrap up a whole year, looking for the big profundities. And then God has to go throw a big curveball at humorists by smashing Asia with a huge tsunami, killing 120,000 people, and all but obliterating the fun of year-end snarkiness. (Yes it’s about us. Us us us us us.) We could go into our own New Year’s Resolutions (here are a few from our local celebs, Yogi and Michael Strahan), but then there’s nothing particularly original about wanting to lose 10 lbs or back the computer up more often.
But two things caught our eye (or ear) in the last day that we thought worthy of reporting. Reader Ken Shane sends us this story: ABC News named bloggers the People of the Year.
And then, public radio’s Marketplace reported last night that Americans now spend more time online than they do watching TV.
According to the Marketplace report, based on a Stanford study, Americans now spend 3 hours daily online, compared to 2 watching TV. There are, however, some drawbacks. For every hour a person spends online, they spend 23 minutes less with their family and get 8 minutes less sleep. And 14 minutes of each day are now spent either dealing with spam or other computer problems.
Some statistics from our little enterprise. We’ve clocked 73,000 visits since we first started posting in May. We’ve written 935 posts, and those posts have generated 2,715 comments.
So thank you, gentle and not-so-gentle readers, for helping us launch Baristanet this year, and for being part of this new online community.
Happy New Year.