Good Morning Gloucester

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Coordinates: 42°36′47″N 70°38′59″W / 42.613141°N 70.649680°W / 42.613141; -70.649680

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Good Morning Gloucester is a longstanding blog created by Gloucester, Massachusetts lobster broker Joey Ciaramitaro.[1][2] GMG is a snapshot of living and working on the docks of the oldest commercial fishing harbor in the United States.

History[edit]

Good Morning Gloucester began as a daily post on the Cape Ann Online message board. Joey Ciaramitaro would post photographs that he took while walking to the docks before dawn each morning. This thread became unmanageably long and was moved over to a blog in December 2007. Within a year it was recording more than 30,000 visits per month which made it the most active blog on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In 2010 the Good Morning Gloucester blog is now receiving more than 60,000 visitors per month and recorded its one millionth visitor in February, 2010. Since March 2009 the Good Morning Gloucester blog is displayed prominently on the Cape Ann newspaper, The Gloucester Daily Times website front page.[3]

The Good Morning Gloucester float "What Up Homie" won first prize, (uncategorized division), in the 2010 Gloucester Horribles parade on July 3, 2010.

On June 20, 2011 the 29,072 views of Good Morning Gloucester eclipsed the 28,789 population of Gloucester [4]

In May 2015 over 40,000 posts have been published in Good Morning Gloucester.

October 1, 2012, Good Morning GLoucester is now averaging 60,000 unique views per day, twice the population of Cape Ann.

On November 7, 2012 Toby Burnham is awarded the GMG Good Egg of the Year Award for doing what he does every day, being a Good Egg. On Nov 6 Toby grabbed a seagull who had become impaled on a fishing lure and removed the hooks.

In 2014 GMG was viewed over 2.5 million times.

Recurring themes[edit]

  • "What Up Homie?" A frequent sometimes daily post of a photo of a seagull with a cartoon cloud showing what the seagull is thinking. Mostly humorous although Homie sometimes shows the gritty reality of a commercial fishing harbor.
  • Early morning photograph of Gloucester. This long-running series shows a Gloucester one rarely sees unless you work on the docks.
  • Rubber Duck Chronicles. The continuing saga of the love affair between a yellow bath toy and a large seagull named Homie. The Rubber Duck is based in Rockport while the seagull roosts in Gloucester.
  • Beautiful Industry. Articles or photos of the fishing industry of Gloucester, MA.
  • Art. Article or photos highlighting the high concentration of art and artists on Cape Ann.
  • Good Eggs. Articles based around members of the Cape Ann community that have done something above and beyond, usually in a voluntary capacity.
  • Food Reviews. Usually a very up close photo of a restaurant meal in Gloucester. Since Gloucester is a working fishing port these reviews tend to be mostly about breakfast since there are at least forty establishments that serve early risers.
  • GMG Represents! The posting of photos sent in by GMG fans holding a GMG bumper sticker while visiting a foreign land. From Manchester to Moscow.
  • Cape Ann Sports! A cadre of professional GMG photographers roam the playing fields and gyms of Cape Ann schools to get in depth action photography of athletic events in the area.
  • Fishermen Tattoos. Photographs of tattoos worn by fishermen and others working in Gloucester Harbor.
  • St. Peter's Fiesta. Annual in depth coverage of the fiesta held the weekend closest to the saint's feast day including the blessing of the fleet, and the greasy pole contest.
  • The Block Party. In depth coverage of the Gloucester Block Parties held on several Saturdays during the summer.
  • Gloucester Zen. Movies usually shot in early morning with a stationary camera at high resolution of waves or birds with audio. Good for meditation.
  • WhaZat? A posting of a photograph somewhere on Cape Ann. GMG regulars then try and guess exactly what it is and where. These photos are usually close-ups of some strange anomaly to make guessing difficult. Expensive prizes awarded to the most accurate guess.
  • Art Rocks. Artist Paul Frontiero sketches a scene on a beach rock using only a Sharpie. He then posts a clue as to where it is on GMG and the game is on. Some GMG'ers have been racing around in the early morning hours for years trying in vain to own an Art Rock. On the back is Mr. Frontiero's email and he is notified by the new owner that some Art Rocks have made it half way around the world.
  • Gloucester Doors. Photographs of doors of shops in Gloucester usually done in the early morning.
  • Rosa Rugosa! The documentation of Joey Ciaramitaro's infatuation with a common thorny invasive species of Cape Ann. Mostly close-up photographs of the abundant flowers of rosa rugosa.
  • Bizarre Sea Creatures. Anything really strange brought up in a net or a lobster trap is photographed and posted on GMG. Rare blue or calico lobsters. Lobsters with more than two claws. Lobsters that have just shed their shell and are as soft as jelly. Although most are strange lobsters even the common striped bass is photographed and posted if it is large and especially if it is the first one of the season.[5][6][7]
  • The Uncategorizable. Photos or videos of fishermen doing strange things. They can be found leaping off buildings into the harbor wearing only a jock strap and a funny hat or French kissing large sea creatures. Incidents like these are recorded by GMG either in photos, movies, or words. Real stories of real people. CGI or photoshopping is not allowed.
  • Man vs. Food. First to eat a five-pound burger. First to eat a massive breakfast. Last to cry and run home to mommy after eating very hot chicken wings with 4.7 million scoville units of hot sauce. All of these contests and more are captured at GMG. "I dare you" is usually all it takes to begin a contest and Joey is ready to MC.
  • "What did JJ Jinglenuts catch today?" Up close photos of a mouse, chipmunk, mole, etc. conjectured to be the remnants of an interaction with the cat, JJ Jinglenuts. This series ended on June 9, 2010 with the death of Mr Jinglenuts.
  • The Lobster Trap Tree. An annual Christmas season event of the stacking of lobster traps into an enormous Christmas Tree. Other towns down the coast now imitate this annual event.[8][9]

GMG as Newsbreaker[edit]

  • Monday, March 29, 2011, Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour who writes the "Did You Know" series at GMG, (now a book) was interviewed by Fox News for her recent GMG story of the letter delivery to Annisquam that took 66 years.[10][11]
  • Monday, June 28, 2010, GMG was visited by a record 6,329 during a peak of the Fiesta coverage.
  • On May 27, 2010, Good Morning Gloucester caught the start of The Amazing Race on video and confirmed that the 17th race begins in Gloucester.[12]
  • February 26, 2010, Good Morning Gloucester was viewed for the one millionth time.
  • October 20, 2009, GMG interviews fisherman from The Deadliest Catch including Captains Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit.
  • June 2009 GMG posts exclusive set photos of Adam Sandler movie, "Grown Ups".
  • May 24, 2009 Exclusive Photos of Salma Hayek shopping for produce at the seasonal Farmer's Market in Gloucester.
  • August 2008 GMG starts fund raising to plant flowering trees on a barren traffic island on Eastern Avenue in Gloucester. In less than a month the money is collected and the trees are planted by GMG volunteers.
  • April 2008 GMG posts exclusive set photos of Sandra Bullock movie, "The Proposal".

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blogger and Lobsterman, Joey Ciaramitaro", March 19, 2010, North Shore Magazine.
  2. ^ "Blogger Joey Ciaramitaro shows the best of the city, from the dock to the block." August 13, 2009, The Cape Ann Beacon
  3. ^ "Community blogs give you even more chances to be heard." March 7, 2009 Gloucester Daily Times
  4. ^ 2010 United States Census Report.
  5. ^ WCVBTV Channel 5 Boston, Three-Clawed Lobster Takes Dealer By Surprise" 7/21/2010
  6. ^ WBZ4 Boston, "Triple Pincher Clawed Lobster Found in Gloucester", 7/19/2010
  7. ^ Digital Journal,"Massachusetts' fisherman catches mutant lobster", 7/21/2010
  8. ^ Yahoo News, [1], 12/05/2010
  9. ^ Associated Press, 12/05/2010 Lobster Trap Tree Wars
  10. ^ Letter arrives nearly 66 years later. Fox News Boston Mar 28, 2011
  11. ^ Letter's long journey ends, mystery begins Mar 29,2011 Boston Globe
  12. ^ "TV's next Amazing Race gets Gloucester Start" May 27, 2010, The Gloucester Times

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