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Thanks for the hits: 47,000 in all last month

December 2nd, 2008 · 12 Comments

I know you were excited by the election and all. But still, it was gratifying to see my webalizer stats showed me that this blog got just under 47,000 hits for the month of November.

That’s up a considerable amount from the 31,000 in October and 29,000 in September. All I have to say is thanks to all of you. It’s cool, if I can use that phrase without sounding ancient, that there are so many of you who get off on reading about this city and how it works.

Also thank you to  CTV, which supports my second blog and gives me lots of space for more thoughts (and has very sharp design), to the Tyee, which has included my blog in their blogroll, and the many, many people who have linked to me.

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  • Thanks for nothing, except not deleting most of my posts, although one is too much.

    On a side note, a scandal may hit the press, one of the papers told people a vote for anyone but NPA or Vision-COPE is a wasted vote, this is a fraud since only a ballot not cast is wasted (75%) and voter intimidation and I think it may have worked to keep people home.

    Best

    Gölök Zoltán Buday
    “Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.” – Prime Minister Diefenbaker, March 11, 1958

  • spartikus

    Well, I also had a comment not published, but I’ve been around the blogosphere long enough not to take it personally. There are countless and more often than not mundane reasons why such a thing could happen, but at the end of the day a blog is not a democracy, and the blog-owner has the absolute right to do as they see fit. The reader will vote with their feet and, given the rise in traffic, I’d say the public has spoken.

    While we are not at the Fox News stage yet, the corporate print media in Vancouver leaves a lot to be desired and I think the “rise of the Vancouver blogging scene” is to a large degree correlated with the public’s dissatisfaction with it.

    This blog has become a valued read for me for local affairs and I have recommended it to my friends.

  • Yep, me too. I submitted a comment that was not published (at least not for the first few days after it was submitted … it finally appeared on your site after about a week, when chances are no one would have seen it … oh well). Initially, I was peevish … but I continue to visit your site daily, Frances (well, actually, because I tend to be kind of obsessive … several times a day …)

    I had been meaning to suggest you have a look at Jeffrey Wells’ Hollywood Elsewhere blog (http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/), which is surprisingly politically astute, mostly thanks to the provocative, non-punditry opinions offered in the comments section (the best part of the blog). Invariably, the commenters are on the attack against poor Jeffrey, but unless the commenters are off the wall nutbag right-wingers, he publishes ALL comments.

    You work hard, Frances, and provide a much needed service. For that we should all be grateful, all (immature) grousing aside.

  • A. G. Tsakumis

    Freedom is certainly not the right to be wrong…neither is it the right to be anutbar seeking a platform off the back of Frances Bula’s hallowed blog.

    If you can’t suck it up to have a comment not posted, then what are you doing running for Mayor? OR making a public comment? Of offering the world much more than an amoeba in heat???

    Get a life.

  • TM

    Thanks for the great information and thought-provoking commentary. I appreciate how hard you work and the balancing act it is to report the truth as you see it without pissing off your sources.

    http://www.bcandbeyond.wordpress.com

  • fbula

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the feedback about the comments. I do actually try to publish all comments. I think I deleted one of spartikus’s accidentally while I was deleting spam too quickly (you’d be amazed how much there is!)

    I apologize if I’ve been late putting comments up.

    The only other comments I have not posted are
    1. the bits of advice from my volunteer editors, letting me know I have something wrong. I just fix it, without always putting up the comment

    2. Excessive posts from a single person, especially said posts don’t always make sense.

    3. When the debate gets too personal as a few parties on the site enter their 18th round of insulting each other. Then I stop posting everyone’s comments.

    By the way, I don’t think I made it clear enough, but I am not taking personal credit for the large number of new hits. Other bloggers tell me that blog stats always spike during times of political interest, i.e. elections, so I’m fully expecting that my stats will subside next month now that the election’s over.

    I got 10,000 hits just in the few days around Nov. 15, all due to people being in a tizzy to get information from me or anyone.

    Frances

  • fbula

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the feedback about the comments. I do actually try to publish all comments. I think I deleted one of spartikus’s accidentally while I was deleting spam too quickly (you’d be amazed how much there is!)

    I apologize if I’ve been late putting comments up.

    The only other comments I have not posted are
    1. the bits of advice from my volunteer editors, letting me know I have something wrong. I just fix it, without always putting up the comment

    2. Excessive posts from a single person, especially if said posts don’t always make sense.

    3. When the debate gets too personal as a few parties on the site enter their 18th round of insulting each other. Then I stop posting everyone’s comments.

    By the way, I don’t think I made it clear enough, but I am not taking personal credit for the large number of new hits. Other bloggers tell me that blog stats always spike during times of political interest, i.e. elections, so I’m fully expecting that my stats will subside next month now that the election’s over.

    I got 10,000 hits just in the few days around Nov. 15, all due to people being in a tizzy to get information from me or anyone.

    Frances

  • T W

    Appeared on November 19/08.

    The plot thickens

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    City sues architects, consultants who designed Olympic village

    The City of Vancouver is suing Stantec Architecture Ltd. and Stantec Consulting Ltd., which were retained as consultants to provide public infrastructure design for the Olympic Village.

  • Wagamuffin

    Well, Frances, we WILL NT allow your numbers to slide!!!

    May I suggest that you cover the upcoming federal election ? 😉

    God, I make myself laugh…

  • Wagamuffin

    That would be “not”, bien sur…

  • It’s a well-deserved jump in readership, Frances; you’ve offered a lot of direct and insightful reporting here. Keep up the great writing.

  • Wagamuffin

    um…Frances, you don’t mind that of those 47,000, I probably clocked in at 46, 578 or so?…