I wonder where is the sunshine the weather forecasters said the city would get today? I sit at my workstation in my living room/kitchenette and listen to the local 24/7 sports radio talk show as I stare out my two nice-size windows (they point in different directions) and I see nothing but overcast skies…
Well, I checked my media accounts (Tumblr and Twitter-I did some retweeting) and I checked a couple of the news outlets that I follow (Huffington Post and Politico) and I checked out a blog that I follow: the West Side Rag out of New York City.
The West Side Rag is a hyper-local blog just like The Gazette. The WSR reports on happenings in one neighborhood of NYC, The West Side. The Gazette mainly reports on happenings in two neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Oakland and Bloomfield (Little Italy); but that’s where the similarities between the two blogs end.
- Free Website Report says that WSR averages 18,710 pageviews every day. The same site says that the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette averages 850 pageviews every day. That’s pretty accurate; 850 page views every day meshes with the pageviews that Google Analytics on my stats page says that I get, too. But that’s the first difference (and it’s a big one) between the WSR and The Gazette.
- The WSR has a staff of several people; The Gazette is a one-person operation.
- The WSR is a mainstream publication while The Gazette is a niche blog of culture for adults only.
- And there are a hell of a lot more people in the NYC area compared with the number of people in the Pittsburgh area.
But my goal is not to get 18,000 pageviews every day. That’s not going to happen anyway even if it was my goal. My goal is to get at least 1,000 pageviews every day. Now that’s doable. It’s doable because of my new format (no posts stuck to the front page, but instead a steady flow of new content on the front page-the search engines love new content) and by averaging at least two blog posts every day; and by conscientiously doing those things every blogger has to do to maintain his or her blog and to promote it.
The distance between 850 pageviews every day and at least 1,000 pageviews every day is not that great.
Hail to Pitt!
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This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
All photos of female nudes used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.
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