17.Apr.2010 Blog Milestone: 100,000 Hits
Anytime there’s a big milestone like this I’ll use it as a chance to thank you guys, and, like the Obama administration, keep my books transparent. Being proactive, honest, and transparent gives the detractors a lot less ammo to use against.
Thanks to all who follow the blog and mostly those who contribute their good thoughts and responses. Without the latter, this blog would be a man blathering to himself and thus a less interesting place to gather. I’m sure some will argue that is what it is anyway.
This blog started as an experiment to see if there existed a need for an alternative viewpoint in the media, or if all the forums from which I was ostracized were right in that my viewpoint was that of a lone wolf. I think the number of hits and the intelligent and mostly respectful discussion here suggest that the fan base desires more criticism from the mainstream media. It also suggests a latent rage that exists in every beavlet, whether directed at the team’s performance or [shots at] the messenger.
My critics will scoff at the notion, but within the past year I’ve noticed more objectivity and criticism from Beaverblitz, my biggest rival (how’s that for a play on words). They hired a new guy, Travis Rice, who is trying to dissect the practices and tell you when a guy is performing poorly, but a fan still has to read between the lines to get to it. For example, instead of, “this lineman is so bad he couldn’t block his ex-girlfriend on Facebook” (sorry Wilder McAndrews), you’ll get “McAndrews needs to improve if he wants to ward off the youngsters”)…things like that.
So yeah, since we’re being transparent, it’s quite clear that Mamma Machado had a talk with her writers and asked them to be more critical and objective. Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or something. Thanks, Angie (I mean Keith Pankey’s mom). *Cough*
Total views: 100,000
Busiest day: 1,570
Comments: 3,117 (dispersed among ~100 unique commenters).
Average views per day 2009: 262
Average views per day 2010: 348
And as wordpress notes, “we don’t count your own visits to your blog.” I read that they don’t count any user who is logged in, either. Sorry, detractors.
So in short, it’s been a good first nine months. The numbers show a steady growth in the blog’s fan base and following. The upcoming football season presents, on paper, much opportunity for criticism, from the starting QB job to the scheduling and beyond, so I don’t see anything but good times ahead. I’m going to continue doing this as long as I feel the passion; my only request of readers is to spread the word so that in the future we have even more lively and interesting debate.