Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Blogging the Year

On a day when Judge Samuel Alito is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice and President Bush is due to deliver the State of the Union speech, I realized that the one year birthday of PalosVerdesBlog passed by without my notice. Yes, I’ve been driving the blog machine since Jan. 7, 2005.

I decided to look at the stats to see what topics I covered the most and what posts generated the most feedback. In the year I wrote 291 posts, approximately 8 posts every 10 days, each about 2 pages in length (approximately 600 words) on a wide range of topics. The most common topics were:

Liberals/Democrats – 40
Military/War - 29
Popular Culture - 24
Religion - 22
Conservatives/GOP - 20
Judiciary - 18
Family/Friends - 17
Blogs/Blogging - 13
Education - 13
Intelligent Design - 13
Global Warming - 12
Economics - 11
Foreign Policy - 11
Science - 10
Humor - 10
Europe - 10

I considered lumping Europe together with Humor, but decided against due to England, Ireland and the new Eastern countries like Poland.

It’s clear that I can’t get enough of Libs and Dems, perhaps because I’m recovering from both afflictions. Those posts also tend to receive a lot of comments, not all of them flattering. (LOL) But with so much material produced every day by the left wing loons, it is such a treasure trove for bloggers.


Take the meeting last night billed as the forum on "The Impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney." David Swanson, a labor union official who runs "Impeach PAC," asked the audience, "Does the Democratic Party want to continue to exist or does it want to ignore what 85 percent of its supporters want?" And then it got nasty.

Saddam Hussein's lawyer and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark said the Bush administration is "the greatest threat to peace, to human rights, to economic justice worldwide."

Hugo Chavez's friend Cindy Sheehan condemned the administration's agenda "to spread the cancer of empire." (She was just arrested by the Capitol Police)

Referring to the Bush administration: "These criminals and gangsters, thugs as I regard them, I believe engineered 9/11" declared one of the attendees.

Hugh Hewitt played “Name the Nutter” with these sound bites on his show today.

And then there was Teddy Kennedy nearly blowing up in the Senate chamber while incoherently bashing Sam Alito.

These guys are the gifts that keep on giving to the Republican Party and to right wing bloggers like moi.

Anyway here are the most popular pieces from the last year based on the number of comments received.

My Birthday Ride (Aug. 5, 2005), Conservatives Debate Harry (Oct. 11), I’m Thankful For.. (Nov. 24), So What’s Wrong with the Public Schools (Jan. 8), Torture Test (Dec. 11), Real Science (Aug. 16), Rebuilding the Man (Sept. 30), More Lessons from Katrina (Sept 5), Definition of a Liberal (Dec. 29), Liberals are Dangerous (Dec. 30), Myths of Evolution (Dec. 17), Conservative Babes (Dec. 12), Men are Smarter (Sept. 21), Global Warming Postscript (Feb. 18), 2006 Predictions and Hopes (Jan. 3, 2006).


It’s been fun! Thanks for reading palosverdesblog and thanks especially for your comments and suggestions.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill – thanks for a year (+) of insight, humor and intellectual stimulation! I very much look forward to many more years of your columns to come. As for “ . . . lot of comments, not all of them flattering . . . “ just consider the source and – most of all – take it as a badge of honor!

Your friend,

Dave.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 1 year dad! I start off everyday (almost)reading your blogs. Hope you never stop writing. ~Carolynne

P.s. You rock!!

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egad, Bill, doesn't seem like it has been a year that you have been blogging! Keep up the good work, always enjoy reading it.

Prim

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Mel said...

Bill,
Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! I know that you put a lot of time and effort into it. But I still remain puzzled as to your need to continually bash liberal Democrats in so many of your blogs. We have the White House and Congress well controlled by the Republican Party, especially its conservative wing. These days, the Democrats have little real power in Washington, and with their current weak leadership, I don’t see this changing in the near future. Is liberal bashing somehow required in order to maintain the credentials of a good conservative? It is your blog and you are certainly free to write what you want. But only as a suggestion, why not write about more substantial issues such as the ethics mess in our congress, the importance of ending our addiction to foreign oil, the need for and costs of infrastructure improvements in California, and even stopping nuclear weapons production in Iran. I just think bringing out positive suggestions for real problems is far more useful than negative name-calling.
Your fitness friend,

Mel

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill

I also thank you for the 12 months of entertainment you have provided. Nevertheless, I agree with Mel. You obviously have the time, energy and talent to think and write about some interesting and substantive issues. Why not do so without throwing stones? Especially as it's very clear you hate having them thrown back at you.

Tex

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill!
Happy Birthday PV Blog!..thanks for the fun year!
Love in Jesus,

Karen

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the blogging - it's nice reading a sane piece. Now the media is in a frenzy about one of their own being wounded. So? What about all the military personnel wounded who were actually doing something constructive for our country? But wait! It's all George Bush's fault. How stupid of me!

See ya,

Betty

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONE YEAR! Already?! Time sure does fly, Bill. It's been a fun year here and you are one of the more milder lib bashers, Bill. You take criticism as well as or better than most. Seems to me you tend to take that good ol' high road.

Don't be concerned about bashing too much...it's just that the liberal mindset is so utterly foolish at times that bashing is the least I want to do. I do wish that those who hate what the U.S.A. is and stands for would just pack up and move to where they think they would be happier. I would sure do that if I was as unhappy as some of them seem to be. But they won't leave because where else would they have the kind of freedoms and opportunities that we have here? Where?

God bless America because we have some real goofballs who want to bring us down.

Congrats on your first blog anniversary.

Dori

11:29 PM  
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