--Barbara Todd KerrBarbara Todd Kerr, who designed and administered Plainfield Plaintalker when it began in 2005, snapped this photo of your intrepid blogger at a City Council meeting in 2006.
For a while in 2007-2008, I was both blogging and freelancing for the Courier News, where I had been a reporter for 16 years before retiring in 2003. I was glad to help out (and earn some money) by freelancing, but I felt the difference between the immediacy of blogging compared to attending a meeting, writing it up and filing after deadline for publication a day or two later.
By 2009, Barbara's many other activities and interests resulted in a parting of the ways. From then on, I did all the writing and photography.
Not being skilled on the technological side, I fretted when the blog reached more than 2,300 posts. It seemed too big, too cumbersome. So I created a successor, Plaintalker II, in May 2010. Plainfield Plaintalker remains as a searchable archive.
Plaintalker II has grown even larger than the original, but I can't decide between creating a new format or just closing it down. Obviously it will continue while I vacillate.
The main topics continue to be municipal government, redevelopment and Plainfield in general.
Plainfield photographer David Alonso took this series of photos at a council meeting in April 2015:
Since taking office in 2014, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has increased official news sources with an updated website, an online newsletter, a Nixle setup to deliver messages to city households and an app for cell phone communication. I hear there are plans to live-stream City Council meetings later this year. All these measures increase the opportunities for civic involvement, which was one of the reasons for starting the blog eleven years ago. The Plainfield bloggers also add perspectives to whatever official news may be released.
I hope you have enjoyed knowing a bit more about the history of this blog. The archives constitute a reference source on development and local politics, among other topics. Local news outlets no longer routinely cover city government as they once did, but I still think it's important and I have the free time to do it.