by Karl Kurtz
The most recent post on women in state legislatures is the 1,000th article in The Thicket since its inception in March 2006. That's an average of about 4 postings per week, which is the goal we set for ourselves when we started this venture. We have received 779 comments on those postings. According to our blog software provider, Typepad, we have had 306,907 pageviews over the slightly less than 4 years we have been in business, or an average of 218 per day.
We know that those numbers don't begin to compare to the big guys in the blogosphere, but for our small niche market--by and for legislative junkies--we're pleased and satisfied. We know there aren't many folks out there who live and breathe legislative life, as we do, so we are pleased that at least some of you have found our efforts interesting and useful.
One of the most interesting statistics that we get from various blog-tracking services is that the single largest portion (38 percent) of visits to The Thicket come from search engines. Google "how many women governors" (our most frequently viewed article over time), for example, and The Thicket's article on this topic pops up near the top. This suggests that many people who come to our blog are looking for information and that we are providing a service through our work.
During 2009, 33,518 unique visitors from 137 countries made 52,492 visits to The Thicket and viewed 79,941 pages. We posted 224 items during the year for an average of 4.3 per week. The 5 most viewed stories were Morgan Cullen’s and my article about religious affiliations of legislators, the perennial favorite “How Many Women Governors?”, Jan Goehring’s posting on state sovereignty resolutions, Peggy Kerns’ “Movies about Ethical Dilemmas”, and Meagan Dorsch’s podcast about rising state unemployment rates.
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