Now with the horsepower of the Ottawa Citizen behind it and a writer/editor with 33 years of journalism experience plus a joy of commentary, The Bulldog gets tens of thousands of page views a month. – Kenneth Gray
After reading today’s post, I’m not sure what Ken Gray’s real point is. Is it that bloggers can’t get enough readership because their topics are too narrow? Or that they are poor writers, compared to professional journalists?
Tens of thousands, eh? Now that covers a huge range. If it’s 50,000 a month, divided by 30 days (Gray posts pretty much every day) then that is, let’s see, 1666 views a day.
But if tens of thousands means 20,000 a day, divided by 30 days, that’s about 666 per day (note: no editorial comment intended with that number. I’m sure he’s a particularly angelic bulldog).
So, I turn to my trusty WordPress stats page, and discover that West Side Action is getting, ta da, an average of 401 hits per day. If we multiply that by 30, it’s “over ten thousand hits a month”. By an unprofessional writer, with all the resources of his eyeballs, walking shoes, and $150 digital camera, and a small PC in a back bedroom. If I take the peak stats, 1281 views in one day, times 30, I get a theoretical 38,430 hits in a month. Oh la la! All for news and stuff focussed on one small neighborhood on the west side of the downtown, one that generally hasn’t got a name (Dalhousie … wassat? West side … where? somebody lives in Little Italy?) And content is somewhat original, no recycled press releases.
Blogging has a future. Amateur writers have a future. Many newspapers seem to have a past … and I hope they continue into the future.