Today this modest little blog celebrates its one-year anniversary. In addition, by sheer coincidence, VM got its 10,000th page view in the wee hours of the morning. (Big deal, right? Drudge probably gets that every twenty minutes.) Still, your faithful blog-keeper is just as impassioned and dedicated as one year ago. Perhaps even more so, considering the presidential election is just two days away.
It has been interesting watching Vocal Minority slowly but surely make its mark on the vast political blogosphere. One year ago VM was lucky to get five page views per day. By the time summer rolled around, it was getting anywhere from 10 average daily views (the week of August 10) to 39 (the week of July 20). Then, in September, visits inexplicably increased to 50 average daily views, and rose steadily even up to this past week, during which the average daily views was 91. If I can get my daily hits consistently over three figures within the next few months, I would consider it a remarkable accomplishment.
Compared to other blogs, such numbers would be considered embarrassing, such milestones laughable. But to me, every one of your visits is important. “EricTheRed” feels bullish in ’09!
The most important day in the first year of VM was definitely June 22. I had provided blogger Tom Blumer at NewsBusters some new information on a certain individual he had written about. Blumer was grateful enough to post my findings and hat-tip me at NewsBusters. That following day VM got a record number of 166 hits. (That record wasn’t broken until October 17, with 173.) To this day, my June 22 post gets more hits than any other entry.
I also won’t forget last November 16. That was the day I decided to offically leave the Reform Movement due to its intrusive left-wing politics. Having posted an entry about it, I called into the Dennis Prager show. A clip of that conversation appears on that day’s post..
I want to thank the bloggers out there who were curious enough to check out VM and have added it to their blogroll. These sites include: BizzyBlog, Black Political Thought, Chicago Ray, Diversity Lane, Moonbattery, and Wolf Howling. Every listing adds a little more to VM’s legitimacy, and for that I am grateful.
Finally, in VM’s first year, there have been 336 posts, 225 comments, a handful of citations and links on the blogosphere (but no trackbacks), and one piece of hate mail. Thanks to those of you who have commented regularly, including “LoudLion,” “DanTheMyth,” “kastrioti,” and “SteveCohn.” Hope to keep hearing from you.
So thank you all and keep visiting and commenting. And please spread the word to your friends!