Sunday, August 26, 2007
For the first time since BlogNetNews started tracking on June 3, Palousitics is the #1 most influential political blog in Washington for the week of August 26!
Much of the credit belongs to Michael and his fantastic writing this week. His blog post on the Seattle PI's refusal to publish the pictures of two suspected terrorists was picked up by Orbumax and read by people all over the Northwest and the U.S.
In addition, a blog post about our old friend Professor John Streamas has been posted on a MSNBC forum.
As I told Rory Curtiss last week, I'm not sure how this gets measured. There are certainly blogs that get many, many more daily visitors and hits than we do, especially on the west side of the state. I can't really say if we deserve the #1 ranking or not. It is fun though, and an opportunity for me to thank everyone that's involved.
I think for our little town we do have influence. I can tell you that Palousitics is read by WSU students, faculty, staff and administrators (at 13.36%, wsu.edu is by and far and away the largest single domain for visitors to Palousitics), people from all walks of life and ideologies in Pullman and Moscow, members of the local media, and elected officials from Pullman to Colfax to Olympia.
I'd like to think Palousitics played a not insignificant role in the 2005 Pullman City Council and 2006 Whitman County elections. And we broke the story about Caitlin Ross' double voter registration that dogged her state representative campaign in 2006.
And Palousitics has been the mechanism for many Pullman stories to go national, such as my dealings with Michael Barbaro of the New York Times and, of course, our greatest accomplishment, the launching of the WSU College Republicans to national prominence. I'll never forget meeting with the CRs last September and telling them about the power of blogging and how maybe they could even get nationwide exposure. Little did I realize that two months later, Kiley Smith would be appearing before 1.6 million viewers on Hannity & Colmes. I'd talked to them about "Instalanches," and last April, current WSU CR president Danny Schanze got one on his first post.
We have some brilliant commentary from the contributors on this site like Michael, Paul, and Scotty to name a few (thanks for your first post this morning Bruce, very intelligent and well-stated), lots of witty humor, and lots of local news you won't find anywhere else, often well before anyone else reports it. Our regular commenters (for the most part) help as well. We may not always agree with each other on every issue, but it keeps things lively. All the energy generated serves to keep people coming back for more and the readership continues to grow. Special thanks also to April. Her often behind the scenes support, assistance and advice is invaluable and Palousitics is just as much hers as it is mine.
We've accomplished a lot. And I'm excited about the future!