Or something like that. What actually did it was a little tidbit dropped in yet another Voyageurs thread that devolved into yet another pissing match. The tiddy little bit, from "MediaGuy", a.k.a. Duane Rollins of the 24th minute:
I started the blog in November. I was just offered a major sponsorship deal today (literally today). I'm widely linked throughout Canada and the United States on both independent blogs and those connected to the mainstream. Again, this is in three and a half months in the off-season. It takes time to build something and I'm happy with the growth.To this humble blogger, those numbers look awfully big. I've been at this a while (technically since 2004 or 2005, but really in earnest since early 2008). I've been so dumbfounded by this bold claim of internet traffic that I've been forced to reconsider my own relative lack of success. To what do I attribute his tenfold advantage* in blogging reach?
FWIW, the blog is accessed about 600 times a day, with that number representing about 400 unique visitors. My biggest day had 1,200 visits and 800 visitors. On average 27 per cent of my visitors are from Toronto proper, 35 per cent are from the GTA (including Hamilton) and 57 per cent are from Southern Ontario (including Ottawa). In total, 76 per cent of my traffic is Canadian and 19 per cent is American. International visits represent less than 1 per cent and typically are referred from this board. The difference in the number represents visits that can't be traced.
A few reasons:
- I don't know who the authority would be on such matters, but I'm fairly certain one of the Golden Rules of Blogging is to post often, and to avoid long periods of hiatus. I've been doing alright recently, but month-long gaps between posts exist in the history of this place.
- Does interest in TFC trumps interest in Canadian soccer generally? It appears that way.
- Duane contacts sources, scours the interwebs, and generally applies some journalistic principles to his work. My blog posts are inevitably commentary, and entirely derivative (I am cited as an authority only when I go through the trouble of compiling statistics that can be used to start or settle incendiary pissing matches).
- I'm not giving the people what they want. At one time I thought what the people wanted was pictures of Kara Lang stretching. This no longer appears to be the case.
I've said "tidbits" and "pissing matches" a few times in this post, and I'll try to continue. A few tidbits that I should share:
- A contest that I started a month ago, to guess the attendance for next week's Impact - Santos CCL match at Olympic Stadium has been won by me, unless 10,000 or so people who bought tickets decide not to show. My guess was 37,450. The aforementioned Duane pegged the attendance at 13,321, and Sam of Canadian Stretford End hazarded a guess of 33,512. Current sales are around 45,000, with projections of over 50,000. In fact, the sales graph has become rather serpentine, and now looks like this**:
- I've mentioned it a few times, but the CSA's 2008 Fan's Choice Award winners have not been named, nearly full two full months into the year 2009.
- The Canadian Stretford End gives a rundown of promising young Canadian players on Canadian teams. TFC is doing better in this regard lately, while Montreal's Canadian talent seems to be getting older. And Canadian youngsters are flocking to the Whitecaps these days.
- Canada will not be hosting a group for the 2009 Gold Cup. Whether or not the CSA had a choice (it's likely there was none), this is probably not a bad thing.
* If you're wondering about my own blog stats, you leave a very sad existence. I get about 50 visits a day, twice that when the Score's Footy Blog links me, and probably about 10% of those visits are from me; a further 25% are Google Image search results.
** The numbers that produced the graph (everytime I copy-paste this spreadsheet, blogger messes up the formatting in the same way. Gadzooks!):