Back in February 2006, Genghis did a ‘State of the ‘Sphere’ Address, commenting on where things stood in the Connecticut blogosphere and where he thought we were headed. It was an interesting post, not only as a snapshot of how the landscape looked, but also as a marker for how the blogosphere has evolved since that time.
The current makeup of the blogosphere is quite a bit different from what it was then, and it is always interesting to analyze the trends for what drives traffic numbers. I’ve generated two simple graphs from three Connecticut blogs – MyLeftNutmeg (MLN) on the left, The Everyday Republican (TER) for the right, and of course CTLP – using the publicly available Sitemeter data from the last year.
MyLeftNutmeg, to point out the obvious example, received a huge hit from the election of President Obama and Rep. Jim Himes in November. CTLP, on the other hand, had seen our numbers rise steadily from December through March before pulling back in April.
These numbers also highlight the gap between conservative and liberal bloggers – with MLN’s traffic basically quadruple that at TER.
It could go without saying, of course, but these numbers don’t give a full view of the Connecticut blogosphere. I used these three only because they seemed to be, based on my brief bit of research, the largest blog from the left, right, and middle of the ideological spectrum. I also didn’t include newspaper blogs, like Capitol Watch, or ConnPolitics.tv, because they don’t have such data publicly available.
But it is interesting to review this data as we think about where the blogosphere will go in the future, how it will impact politics in Connecticut, and the role that bloggers play in the political dialogue.