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Monday, March 17, 2008

802 Offline

Photo_9 Yep, you read that right — 802 Online is going offline.

I started this blog in August of 2004, and brought it to Seven Days the following April. I envisioned 802 Online as a clearinghouse for information about Vermont blogs. For years I diligently kept a list of Vermont blogs, and regularly read each of them to keep up with how other local writers, artists, journalists, activists, businesspeople and techies were using this new medium.

That was pretty easy to do back in 2004. There weren't many bloggers here then. I organized a Vermont blogger meetup in October, 2004, and just three people showed up. Three!

But blogs have caught on since then. Today it seems like everyone's got one. And it's become impossible to keep up with them all.

So I'm giving up. Sort of.

As of today, I will no longer be posting content to 802 Online. But I'll still be writing for — and editing — Blurt, the new Seven Days staff blog. We modeled Blurt after Slog, the staff blog for The Stranger in Seattle. All Seven Days staffers can contribute, so there will be a constant stream of new material.

On Blurt, you'll find media criticism, news from local bloggers and interesting clips from YouTube alongside weird gag gift items that our art director likes. We're excited about it because we've been emailing this stuff around our office for years — now we can share it all with you.

I'll be abandoning my Vermont blogroll, but I've begun a Vermont Blog Directory, which includes all of the sites I used to list on 802 Online, plus any that anyone sends my way.

In other words, I'm still keeping track of Vermont blogs. I'm just not reading them or writing about them as much as I used to. I just don't have time anymore. Not only am I part of a team that's trying to shepherd the state's largest weekly newspaper into the digital age — I'm also the parent of a 2-year-old... who has another sibling on the way.

So keep sending me news, tips, and new Vermont blogs — you'll find me at [email protected]

Thanks, everyone, for reading. Hope you like Blurt. Over and out.

March 17, 2008 at 03:33 PM in House Rules | Permalink


Understood Cathy. Bye 802 Online!

Posted by: mwb | Mar 19, 2008 3:14:13 PM

I will miss your blog very much, Cathy, but like everyone here I am excited to see what Blurt grows to be!

Posted by: bridgetb | Mar 19, 2008 5:06:27 PM

Bummer...and well...bummer.

Will miss you...but will surely gain from "Blurt"


Posted by: Elaine Young | Mar 19, 2008 10:04:04 PM

Bon voyage Cathy!

Posted by: Eva Sollberger | Mar 20, 2008 2:30:40 AM

I will greatly miss 802 Online - but certainly understand as I can hardly keep up with my own 3, 4, however many blogs I have let alone everyone's in Vermont!

I've been to Blurt, and will be sure to adjust my feedreader to include it!

Cathy, thanks for all you've done here and continue to do for Vermont bloggers.

And PS - Yeah! Best wishes on baby #2!

Posted by: Allison Carroll aka MapleMama | Mar 21, 2008 2:16:49 AM

Another sibling? So that's three kids? Forget it. I know it's two. I'm just being my annoying self. Congratulations! Did you hear Peter Freyne's quitting Inside Track, too? I feel like the pillars are crubling.

I am an extremely concrete, sequential and literal thinker, so I like things like pillars, order, etymology and constitutional law. In my own personal blogospheric paradigm, 802 Online has been a pillar. I like comprehensive lists, and as far as I know, the VT blogroll here is the gold standard. You should get credit for helping to conceptualize the internet within a framework of community and regional proximity. I'm glad to see Blurt the VT Blog Directory will carry on the standards of 802 Online. Well done.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Mar 21, 2008 2:39:57 AM

Thanks, everybody.

I should point out that I'll still be writing about the same stuff at Blurt, and I will do my best to promote Vermont bloggers there, too.

One of my goals is to aggregate a bigger audience for the stuff I've been writing here, and I figured that this would be a good way to do it. We'll see if I'm right...

Posted by: Cathy Resmer | Mar 21, 2008 9:53:24 AM

A couple to add:


Posted by: Andrew | Mar 21, 2008 1:26:46 PM


I understand. Parenthood takes a lot outa you. Your kids deserve all the attention and love they can get.

Best wishes and I'm sure we'll run into each other soon!

- Brattlerouser

Posted by: Brattlerouser | Mar 23, 2008 6:47:16 PM

Bummer and congratulations on Blurt!

Posted by: Walter Jeffries | Mar 25, 2008 8:31:41 AM

Good luck with Blurt.

Posted by: scully | Mar 26, 2008 7:57:02 AM

see ya on blurt then. thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Alison Bechdel | Apr 1, 2008 8:44:53 AM

"Oh don't worry that you haven't checked in over at 802 Online since mid-March. It's not like anything coulda happened, right?"


I'm sorry to see 802 Online go, but I'm so grateful for your tireless service of the past 3 1/2 years. I'll look forward to your posts on Blurt and your excellent digital stewardship throughout the burgeoning Seven Days empire!

Posted by: Nato | Apr 3, 2008 9:21:54 PM

We'll Miss you.

Posted by: Raid Data Recovery | Jun 25, 2008 10:16:10 PM

thats too bad... although understandable. blogging sure isnt what it used to be... i had high hopes for blogging too, until recently :/

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