June 16, 2008

One Year Later

Just over a year ago, some friends and myself were sitting around talking politics when the idea of creating a local blog that, for the most part, focused on local politics was tossed about. Having done some writing in the past, albeit never formally, I decided to take a shot at creating a blog.

Fast forward to today. The blog recently turned one year-old, and I simply wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has participated and made the site more successful than I would have anticipated a year ago.

Soon after our first post on June 1, 2007, I installed a program that allows me to track the number of "hits" to the site. After approximately one year, the site has had almost 33,000 unique visitors and over 47,000 page loads.

I do want to take a moment to address the comments. Once the post for the day is written, I don't spend alot of time policing the comments. The reason why is that the comments don't drive the site. If there are no comments to a day's post or 100 comments, there's still going to be a post the next day. If at some point I should see a comment that needs to come down, it'll come down.

That being said, comments never come down because they don't mesh with the original post or other comments; they come down when they are either offensive or irrelevant.

Once again, thank you to those who read the blog, have contributed comments and those who have submitted "tips" to the blog administrator.

14 comments:

Frank DeGeorge said...

Hobbes,

Thank you for giving us a forum to kick some stuff around every day. For those of who view politics as a side hobby, the site has been a good way to keep up and throw in our two cents.

The intellectual sparring has been fun and I hope we can do more of it in the coming year while perhaps dialing down some of the nonsense (i.e., I hope I never read the phrase Ross' ball washer ever again.)

Keep up the good work.

Fawn Leibowitz said...

I agree with Frank. The site is what it is, some entertainment for us political junkies. Sometimes it's a good source for breaking news, and other times it's just fun to peruse. Most of us who read it appreciate you taking the time to give us a little diversion during the work day.

Clark Griswold said...

Well said. This is one of the only avenues to find out what is truly going on within politics in WNY, across the state, and sometimes nationally. Many times, it involves things that you won't see in the day's newspaper, for one reason or another. Thanks Hobbes.

Richard Strongbridge, Ph.D said...

Hey Hobbes, what the fuck do you deem as an offensive or irrelevant comment?

Anonymous said...

richard, what would be offensive to hobbes is asking why he does not post anything about his pal Sloma and why his girlfriend gets a sweet no show job. No experience? No problem just pretend to work. What a joke the repubican's are becoming, promise to clean up local government and now they are worse than the dem's.

Anonymous said...

From yesterday's Buffalo News on health insurance execs compensation: "Excellus’ David Klein took in $2.56 million, up 43 percent". Does he live in Niagara County?

Anonymous said...

What no-show job did Sloma's wife get? You are too fucking stupid to read that she is up for a volunteer position on the NCCC Board of Trustees. It's idiots like you who are ruining blogging.

Paul Dyster puts his best friends wife, who voters soundly rejected in her run for office, in a sweetheart do-nothing judgeship and that's OK.

rob clark said...

Hobbes, after reading your post today and the comments that have followed. Here`s to another fun filled year. Just try to keep it fair and post some of the GOP`s dirty laundry as well.

fat tony said...

Hobbes, there is nothing better than taking a break in the workday to check out the political ruminations of the day. I hope the coming year sees more people join the conversation.

Anonymous said...

Hobbes:

Nice that you want to get some recognition for having this blog around for a year but lets get to the real story of the day which is the Wolfgangs and their cute little threesome with the President at NCCC Klyczek. If I was him I would want her back as she doesn't question his manageemnt style or spending habits while telling everyone he is doing such a great job so we better give him a $20k raise, a new SUV, $10k from the College Association and don't forget to allow him to cash in his unused vacation time which when it is all said and done pushes his salary to around 200k. What do the Wolfgangs have to do in return? Nothing he lets them get fat off the public as well. Profitable insurance contract from the college ass., nice little trips at taxpayers expense throughout the US and I'm sure if someone was to really start diggin I bet they would find the Chairpersons hubby up to no good as well. With all the recent development with the Adnimistrative staff at the College and all of them jumping ship for new jobs the Board President can't keep saying what a good job the President is doing without getting soemthing in return and with how greedy her and her hubby are I'm sure it has something to do with something the color green and I mean cash, taxpayer cash

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading all your posts Hobbes! Keep it up! I always am entertained, if not informed, by the comments and conversation.

Anonymous said...

One more thing on Russert, can you believe the idiots that want to name a section of route 20 near the current of rich statium, some one should show them rick manning drive. Maybe it would be smarter to name a section of road near the sky dome.

Anonymous said...

Sloma's girl friend is really going to clean up nccc, sure what a joke, look how great he helped the ida, we get a new dollar store every two years. Every ten years a bank moves across the street and gets another break, while the poor whisle pig and old the johns get the shaft. we have empty strip malls everywhere and what does sloma want, another one in johns old location. when is enough enough? its just musical chairs for all the republican friends and family, clean up nccc, your the idiots you gave them the fat contracts with boob jobs included.

Anonymous said...

Why do you have to hate on the boob jobs?