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Changes at Baltimore Fishbowl


About nine months ago, we launched BFB, armed with little more than an abundance of enthusiasm and ideas, a good writing staff and some seed money. Now, we have a loyal audience and our growth exceeds our expectations.

Because you have responded every step of the way (btw, we’re just a hair away from reaching our year-one traffic goal of 60,000 hits a month — and it’s only been 36 weeks!) we’re assessing and rerouting our course.

On Monday, you’ll notice some exciting changes at Baltimore Fishbowl.

All our columns — Bohemian Rhapsody, Hot House, Sartorial Baltimoreal and more — will be accessible from the homepage. We want to share your comments as they happen so they will land on the homepage, too. Our events calendar becomes more visible, too.

We’ve been pleased and surprised at the interest in real estate — so we’ll be adding products to enhance house hunting on our site. We’re also bringing on an ad sales force to meet the demand for more and better ad space.

In the near future, look for even more content on the site — plus, we will continue to increase content in the months ahead.

We love what we’re doing — mixing the serious news and the silly, trying to see the humor in life and figuring things out along the way — but please keep telling us what you’d like to read more of, and where we can improve. We are here to build an engaging, entertaining online community with you and for you — and for ourselves! We can’t promise we’ll take all of your suggestions, but we can promise we’ll take them all seriously — unless, of course, you ask for gratuitous swear words and gross scatological humor, that’s just not our style. We will however aim to post more photos of Lindsay Lohan’s worst plastic surgery decisions, if at all possible. Much love, the Eds.

First Readers’ Comments of 2012!


Readers, we’ve enjoyed your great and plentiful comments of late. The site keeps us busy, but we love to make the time to sip a coffee and review some of your favorite reactions of recent days, in this case, the first feedback of our new 2012 year.

Marion Winik’s “Against Coming of Age” got plenty of viewer applause, with “Jen” noting that she admired the piece on the bittersweet challenges of raising a tween today, despite the fact that Jen’s not a mom. Naomi Nye bragged, “Marion, you are just a super wizard and I love your tenderness, your delightful evocation of your fabulous daughter, and all the eras we live through — you are the best!”

Sue wrote, “Love this one, Marion, especially the Ellen DeGeneres line. My advice, if you’re really afraid [Jane will] do things you did, is to give her the undetailed version of your stories. Daughters are driven to be the opposite of their mothers.”

Regarding “Against Coming of Age,” Summer said, “I can totally relate! I always was so blasé about buying the explicit versions of top 40 songs, liberally explaining that it’s art, and we shouldn’t buy altered versions and taught my kids not to say the obvious bad words at other kids’ houses. I thought it was cute when they thought ‘milk in my coco puffs’ was about cereal. Then my daughter hit puberty and suddenly every song and Glee episode became a lecture and I became some prudy conservative mom I didn’t recognize, with the urge to make sure my sordid teen years remain unknown.”

Stephanie Shapiro’s My Real Life Modern Family, “A History of Leavings,” garnered good vibes from two anonymous readers.

“This is brilliant. An award-winning work. More, please!” wrote the first. And the second: “Thanks for this piece, Stephanie. I’ve always seen my mother’s parents as anomalies — one a drifter, the other the madam of what was likely not the best little whorehouse in Texas. My mother was a madwoman, which I figured made sense under the circumstances. But the link to my own skittish tendencies wasn’t apparent until I read this.”

The latest Hot House, “Beaux Arts Victorian Mansion,” by Cynthia McIntyre got “Jo” typing away: “Am dying to read the ‘realtor blog’ you mentioned…guess you can’t list it and still remain fair and impartial? By the way, l.o.v.e. your Fishbowl column.”

“Lunch with Ina,” a post by Amy Langrehr proved a favorite quick read. Lisa offered some advice, “You should try her Baked Shrimp Scampi…one of the best dishes to serve at a party. I love her cookbooks and use them at least weekly!  What a fabulous experience to have lunch with her.”

“Bending the Rules” by Joseph Martin looked at the commercialization of the ancient art of yoga. Isabella Binny shared this wisdom: “Yoga is an ancient, difficult practice that goes deep. Today we prefer a struggle-free, gleaming surface with minimal details. Not too hard, never too deep.”

“Why Maryland Grocery Stores Should Sell Wine,” a post by Rachel Monroe, had our Friends on Facebook commenting in total support. “Completely agree,” wrote Bob Villanueva. Contributor Leslie F. Miller did, too, using more colorful language than we tend to print at this site! LOL.