I have been doing this for 3 years now, hard to believe. Since I put a sitemeter on in August 2005 it tells me that there has been over 250,000 page views with current traffic of about 400 to 500 visitors a day and 1600+ posts . Thank you for all who read my stuff and and a big Thank You for all who bother to comment. I always wanted this to be a place to discuss things.
A week ago the Blogfather did a survey of the local blogging scene after being asked to and threw out a bunch of police codes that the rest of us don't understand. Another Monkey decoded it and I think according to this exchange I'm supposed to be dead.
The Yonk weighed into this discussion with his usual understatement and picked up this tidbit from a show on WVIA:
Coulter Jones, the youngest of the group in experience recounted his coverage of the 10th Congressional race which sparked a discussion about money in politics. Jones also said that bloggers just ran press releases and most times essentially did not vet or break news stories.
I will be the first to admit that I'm not a newspaper reporter. I look at this blog thing as being a letter to the editor that actually gets published without being chopped to pieces or a newspaper column without an editor. And yes, many times I post a press release unfiltered because things are moving so fast it's hard to edit it.
But don't tell me we don't do some original reporting. I don't know how many times Mark gave a rundown about the W-B Fire or Police Departments that showed up in the papers a few days later without attribution. They will always tell you that they have their own sources which may be true but who pointed out those sources?
In September 2006 I got a hold of a Don Sherwood invitation to a fund raiser on 9/11 that went flying around the Internet and was mentioned in the local papers a few days later. Lately I've examined the campaign finance reports from various candidates and there has been nothing in the press. This item may come up in the fall: Bigus gave money to Boback but don't expect the MSM to give me any credit.
Mrs G added this from the Flintstones:
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