Blogging and writing for my very own site was something I thought about doing for years, but always delayed. I knew I wouldn’t exactly have the spare time to contribute to it with any regularity and not in any consistent time pattern, either. As a result, I knew ROBservations wouldn’t have an ideal reach as a result. It would, though, be a hobby I’ve often postponed in practicing, and to which could I contribute at my own leisure. So last year I quit delaying everything and got it underway.
Even though I've contributed irregularly, its produced much more than I first thought, though, so I certainly can’t complain. As of yesterday, the site’s reached this many, according to Google Analytics:
Of course, Google Analytics isn’t exactly precise in its figures, and the numbers could be different, but it’s the only one I know of and use that gives me the counts for periods longer than one month. My site’s host (Weebly), for example, reports that pageviews in just the past 30 days surpass 4,000. And I’d love to offer the demographic estimates from Quantcast, but they vary greatly (and I mean greatly) every month. (Suffice it to say that Quantcast’s visitor count is also typically larger than the number reported by Google Analytics; as for the demographics, sometimes they're older; wealthy, educated and religious; other months the visitors are young, still in school and make little money.)
My original one-year goal for ROBservations was 10,000 pageviews from 6,000 visitors (yes, I kept it kind of low). For helping me far surpass that goal, I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to visit, and who I hope will return. (At least let me compete with a blogger buddy who in just one month does much more than I did in one year; I can kick his butt in fantasy football, but Tom's running me over in web stats!)
For Year 2, I’ll be a little less conservative in expectations, and shoot for 22,000 views from 15,000 visitors. I'll also make some changes (page deletions and page additions) in the near future, too, just to make it a bit more organized and fitting.
Unless your a fiend for statistics, you can consider this the end of this blog entry (the first of its second year). If you drool over numbers, though, please continue!
- FOX News announces “President Obama is, in fact, dead”
- Cain’s 9-9-9 tax policy explained with one chart
- Right-wing terrorism promoted by right-wing political groups, politicians, media
- Don’t humor the Tea Party
- Xenophobic (ha)boobs strike again
- Coulter: “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks”
- Political plates on cop cars must move, says SEC
- The quintessential Ron Paul fan
- Look at everything Rupert Murdoch owns
- The 24 types of Libertarian
- Beck: you need to get a gun because of Obama
- The Incredibly Shrinking Tea Party
- Bachmann brings bad weather – and bad bus drivers – to South Carolina
- Voter ID at the DMV
- Rick Perry: read his lips!
- ‘Dollar Bill Protest’ underway
- The party that cried wolf
- ‘Confederates for Perry’ upstage campaign announcement
- Social Security Reform bill encourages Americans to live faster, die younger
- A Wisconsin Bumpersticker
Not quite a quarter of the visitors come to Robservations at least once a month; only just under one percent visit at least 30 times monthly, though.
And we rank inside the Top 1 Million American websites in traffic! (Not bad, considering there are well over half a billion sites worldwide.)
Yes, USAISC, which is located at the Raven Rock Mountain Complex, which is the underground military headquarters near Camp David, and which was first built as the emergency "nuke proof" military operations center after a Soviet nuclear threat was first suspected in the 1950s.
While its still reserved for such emergency usage, today it operates as a military communications center under the U.S. Army.
And very many other political websites and blogs have this same honor, too (like this one that I visit from time to time).
So why is USAISC visiting Robservations? Are my opinions and topics of coverage deemed a national threat, perhaps? Of course not. Those visits are probably nothing more than the Army's computer system periodically getting a count of all sites to determine open and usable IP addresses.
It's still a "freak factor," though, especially the first time a blogger sees USAISC made any visits.
I get that from time to time, and don't really mind, as long as they're presented with a hint of respect. (And if they're not, I can just leave them on the site anyway, especially since their comments of that sort usually expose them and their opinions to be even more wrong.) Most of the comments are issued upon other sites that feature my entries, too.
But there's been one new crank trying to shake my can lately, and right here on Robservations. An apparent recluse with emotional disorder, too, since he has nothing better to do than frequent my site from his Massachusetts home and try to leave lewd comments.
This crank ("Richard Cranium," he signs his posts) apparently has reputation for doing this to other sites, too, since two "internet reputation" directories list his IP address in the far negative ends of their scales.
Indicating his idiocy is the name he gave himself in his email address: liquida$$ (...replace the dollar signs with S's, of course). Yup, that's it, alright. And that juvenile name made me thing of a goofy novelty product I know I'd heard of once before.
So I looked it up, and sure enough - that's an old novelty product. A complete reversal of an air freshener, let's say.
And then I realized how fitting it is. Using a pseudo-surname of "Cranium" in his stalker-type comments only cements the fact that the thoughts emitting from his poor excuse for a brain really, really stink.