Two years, 2,182 posts, 189,000 visits and counting
I neglected to point out that as of February 14th, The Inside Dope has been alive and kicking for two years, an eternity by blog standards.
Thanks to all who have left constructive comments, contributed information and tips, shared your knowledge of topics and issues and your rational opinion. Thanks as well to those who have shown your support by donating to the cause or patronizing the ads. It's all been greatly appreciated.
I'm always open to constructive feedback, good, bad, or otherwise. So as always, you're encouraged to offer any suggestions, ideas, or constructive criticism to improve the blog. Simply click on the e-mail link in the sidebar or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions via comments can not be posted or responded to and so will likely be overlooked.
I look forward to hearing from you via e-mail.
Probably the biggest thing I've taken away from this experience is that in two long years here I've found out regrettably that much of local politics on this side of the river and some people involved in it are even uglier, more petty, unethical, dishonest, and dumber than how ugly, dumb, unethical, dishonest, and petty I'd expected going in. And that's saying something.
I knew politics wasn't bean-bag, and I have no problem with that. But wow. Talk about really disgusting. Not all, mind you, but some.
I started out giving them the benefit of the doubt, but they blew that almost immediately with their obsessive bluster, threats, attacks and bizarre attempts to destroy, take over, and/or control this blog by repeatedly issuing threats and trying to scare me off. (not to mention the crazy lengths they've gone to attempt to dig up dirt on who they seem to assume I am and try to blackmail me with it, which has gotten to truly insane and very creepy levels.)
Clearly, when it comes to an outlet such as this, if they can't control it, they fear it. Needless to say, 99% of their daily rants are too weird, disjointed, false, disgusting, or simply out there to print - you've been spared the bulk of it, but they're all there by the hundreds if not thousands.
The few ankle-biters and misguided self-styled tough-guys who don't know any other way to get what they want other than issuing threats and behaving like childish bullies have been both amusing and a distraction, as has been dealing with some folks pre-conceived notions of what "blogging" is and isn't and their lack of understanding which has lead to their unrealistic expectations for this blog.
It's also been an unbelievable amount of work. There's much more time and work involved in writing and maintaining a blog than most readers could imagine. (Maybe that's why one person continues to scream (dozens and dozens of times) demanding that I give my blog to someone else (them? Who knows?) when any sane person would simply start their own. A few times they've demanded that I give my blog to someone who has already attempted and failed at running a local blog. Hey, I didn't say it made any sense.)
But beyond all that, it's truly been a lot of fun, interesting, enjoyable and rewarding. And it's certainly been an education. (look for my book in the future. ha!)
And more than anything, I'm grateful for having so many really excellent commenters and supporters over the two years of the blog and "meeting" and talking with a lot of great people. I'm sure that will continue.
Thanks again, and remember, YOU collectively with the other readers can make this blog into what you'd like it to be by participating and sharing your knowledge, information, and insight while following a few common sense rules (which should be self-evident. It's not rocket science.)
A sincere thanks to all who've made TID such a success, and I hope I'll have your participation to improve and evolve and make TID a place that you continue to find interesting, informative, and enjoyable.
And remember, if you don't keep stirring the pot, the scum will rise to the top. ;-)
Some TID stats:
- Average number of daily visitors: 300 plus
- Highest one day visit count: 4,412 on July 11, 2006
- Number of posts written: 2,182
- Number of reader comments sent: Far over 10,000
- Visits as of this moment: 188,881 (oddly symmetrical, eh?)