By Art Gallagher
As we enter the New Year, I wanted to pause for a moment to thank you, my readers both loyal and casual for making MMM’s Fair and Biased News and Commentary part of your routine.
Thank you to the 193,443 unique visitors who made 270, 653 page views to MoreMonmouthMusings in 2010. That’s up from 113,121 visitors and 156,463 page views in 2009. What amazes me is that 69% of you come here directly without being referred by another site. 8% come from search engines. 5% come from my links on facebook. The rest come from CNN, InTheLobby and other sites with links. All of this traffic is “organic.” No SEO, no advertising, no bots, pings or trackbacks, whatever bots pings and trackbacks are.
However you got here and for whatever reason, thank you for coming and thank you for coming back.
For those who keep telling me that one can’t be both fair and biased, read these three seperate accounts of Governor Christie’s snow storm press conference; NorthJersey.com , NJ.com and APP.com. From my point of view having been there, NorthJersey.com’s account is the least biased/most accurate. Could be that the reporter’s bias is closer to mine than the others. If you take the time to read all three accounts, you might wonder if all three reporters were in the same place. They were. My point is one can’t be fair if they aren’t upfront about their bias. Most of the media isn’t upfront about their biases.
If you want an unfiltered version of what Christie said, watch the videos at MMM. My summary of each video is biased. The videos themselves are not.
For 2011 I resolve to provide fair and biased content that is informative, funny and provocative. If I don’t evoke laughter I will evoke anger, either at what I’m saying, how I’m saying it or regarding the subject matter. I resolve to recruit more writers to cover more of our county, state and country. Politics and government will likely continue to dominate MMM, yet I hope we grow to cover more of the Arts and Entertainment, Business and Community concerns. I resolve to sell more advertising and to improve the look and flow of the site.
Happy New Year! ~ Art