Where Are We Going

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.  visits

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. 

pageviews

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.

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14 responses to “Where Are We Going

  1. March was Dodd month. There was a huge amount of interest in him from all over the country and the world.

    I personally see the blogosphere in our state as being more generally conservative than it was in 2006, but that’s largely due to the nature of blogs and bloggers. It’s a great tool for those in opposition, but less useful for those in power.

  2. Bruce Rubenstein

    GC I think your assessment is right on the money. I would expect the conservatives to pick up some on the blogosphere as time goes on, though I don’t think that TER will ever have more hits then MLN.

  3. AndersonScooper

    Hey, the Everyday Republican has had 70 visits today!

    Maybe the problem for the Republicans is that they have no agenda to speak of?

  4. Hey, the Everyday Republican has had 70 visits today!

    Most Republicans have actual jobs.

    I on the other hand am required to pop open the corporate laptop at every call giving me more regular access.

    I would expect the conservatives to pick up some on the blogosphere as time goes on

    Blogging is so last year, doncha think Bruce?

    GOP surpasses Dems on Twitter

  5. Bruce Rubenstein

    ACR…lol….one of those hits on TER was me….as a Left winger I always want to know what the opposition is thinking…..or as I found out today isnt thinking…..hope all is well with you and your job….keeping working and remember that the taxes you pay are helping all the left wingers I know without a job !!!!!!!

  6. In the interest of fairness, April is probably a lousy month to start doing this kind of analysis for TER.

    Since I left, they are down one blogger, leaving only the Chairman to write.

  7. AndersonScooper

    Heath can you tell me what is the Republican agenda? (Besides more tax cuts for the rich.)

    Less governmental regulation? More military spending? Outlawing abortions? No universal health coverage?

    I’d be interested to hear what your party’s goals are, and even more, what makes you a Republican?

  8. Heath can you tell me what is the Republican agenda? (Besides more tax cuts for the rich.)

    I can’t speak for all Republicans (because we actually allow people in our party to hold individual opinions on every issue), but I’m hoping for more tax cuts for the rich… and the upper-middle class, the middle class, the lower-middle class and the poor. In fact, if we could replicate this, there would be no need to buy bankrupt automobile companies and hand them to the unions.

  9. scanman1722

    I can’t speak for all Republicans (because we actually allow people in our party to hold individual opinions on every issue)

    See: Arlen Specter

  10. See: Arlen Specter

    See: Joseph Lieberman

    Anyone else find it ironic that so many moderates complain that the problem with the GOP is its social conservatism while Specter was done in on economic issues (namely the stimulus and card check)? If the party is supposed to ignore social policy and rally to fiscal conservatism (as the Meghan McCain’s of the world want) then Specter was rightfully kicked out.

    When was the last time any of these “moderates” like Snowe or Collins actually voted to seriously cut spending or limit the size and power of the federal government?

  11. In the interest of fairness, April is probably a lousy month to start doing this kind of analysis for TER.

    Really? It seems that it’s had a consistent traffic rate for a whole year. Would March have been a better month to do that kind of analysis?

    This is interesting to look at and ponder, but I’m much more interested in a qualitative analysis. The quality of content and editorial vision across the local blogosphere seems to be on the decline.

  12. connecticutian

    When was the last time any of these “moderates” like Snowe or Collins actually voted to seriously cut spending or limit the size and power of the federal government?

    At least they voted against Obama’s budget and the mortgage bailout.

  13. For the past year my blog trended from 4000 to 4500 unique visits per month thru Feb 09. Then as GC pointed out, Dodd put me over 7000 for March. And it was back down to 5200 in April… but ignoring the extra Dodd hits, March and April were the first two months that I crossed 5000 unique visits / mo.

    An interesting stat for me (and for advertisers) would be the ability to determine unique visits by state or town. As far as I know, you can do state to some extent, but not well. And locally it’s possible, but even worse than state.

  14. what is the Republican agenda?

    When I see non binding votes (directing the Fed to reveal the names of Fed-bailout recipients) like this:

    http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00131

    I conclude the R / D labels are often irrelevant.

    Populists (Sanders, Feingold, Demint & Coburn) support transparency and want to know where the Fed’s recently printed $10 trillion went.

    Members of The Political Class (Dodd, Schumer, McConnell and Lieberman) oppose transparency and, presumably, believe that the release of the names of their campaign contributors… er… uhhh… the names of the Fed bailout recipients is a national security risk. (Bernanke and Geithner keep invoking this nonsense “trade secrets and national security” exemption under FOI.)

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