Later this week I will have been keeping a eye on the Czar of Russia for a year. It will be erratic getting online for a while so tonight is a highly appropriate time to reflect on the past twelve months.
Doubly appropriate because today has been the best day ever for “views” on the Blog. I suppose thats almost inevitable because my contribution on Politics.ie has brought in some new viewers. Yet I am a little surprised because I did not “plug” any post today on Facebook and Twitter. Indeed Sunday is usually the worst day of the week for statistics …in part because I dont think I post much on Sundays, its not usually a good news day and many people like myself are involved in family stuff on a Sunday. So a pleasant surprise that today the stats were pretty good.
Keeping An Eye On The Czar of Russia is certainly my most successful blog. I have not had a good record mostly with technical issues on Blogspot. myspace or Blogger or whatever. I like the format of Word Press but I need to change the design……people have been complaining for months about the size of the font.
The strange thing for me is that so many viewers never comment….”lurkers” as they are called in the trade. Certainly the number of people (Followers) who get emails when I post something is incredibly small….the number of commenters is small…..yet “views” are out of proportion. On one level that is very rewarding. And on another level it makes me paranoid about who some of the viewers…actually who YOU viewers are.
The strange thing about statistics is that its not straightforward…..indeed for the first month I thought that it would not get off the ground at all. I think the SDLP Leadership contest was the first breakthru. This brought the stats to a level which I thought was pretty good …..but not spectacular. The second big breakthru was Capital Assets Transfer……and Im grateful to Mick Fealty for linking my views on the Slugger site. That brought the Blog to a new level….and then there was a levelling out and then another few times when there was a surge and a levelling. The last time was in early July. And of course the Politics.ie surge today.
I have always believed that Blogging was 50% “posting” and 50% “comments” so to those of you who have commented on my Blog….thanks a lot. Also a thank you to the folks who send comments or ideas which are not intended for publication. And of course guest blogger Sammy McNally.
Biggest error…..was not understanding an email telling me that Sinn Féin MPs were going to stand down. I interpreted this as standing down from Westminster and wrote a Blog on that basis. Ooops I got it wrong.
Biggest regret is getting bogged down in the early months of the Leveson Inquiry……not so much for what I posted here but for stopping here and getting involved in another blogsite where the theory was that we would all contribute one day a week. That didnt work out and with hindsight it was totally predictable.
Not sure if there was a highlight that pleased me but I like being “on the road” at Conferences, Seminars etc and I enjoy pouring vitriol on the Alliance Party.
Next target is to ensure my friends nominate Keeping An Eye on the Czar of Russia for Slugger O’Toole occasional Blog of the Year Award. How can I lose?