Massive surge in readers…

Friday was a big day for Slugger. Our normal daily readership has climbed to an average of just under 4,000. But Newton Emerson’s IT piece set a large section of the blogosphere alight with enthusiastic approval. So much so that we broke our previous daily record readership for our election results coverage (9,000), and pushed into respectable small newspaper figure of 23,000. It has settled back now to about 5/6000. But it amply demonstrates the extraordinary power of the blogosphere! Thanks to all you bloggers, who spread the word.

  • Jimmy_Sands

    Does this not entitle you to NIO advertising?

  • fair_deal

    “Does this not entitle you to NIO advertising”

    LOL I’ll sign that petition 😉

  • bertie

    Are we part of a cross-community venture (with the emphasis on “cross”

  • Mick Fealty

    Well truth is, to keep Slugger up to date in content, facilities and the debate sane, I think we are going to need to find regular funding.

    That should either come from formal sponsorship and/or advertising from local companies whose target audience we are clearly matched with. Or from one of the several trusts which invest in ‘public good’ projects. We’re always interested in hearing from anyone who can help.

    Or you can lace our donation box with silver!

    Whichever of these routes yield results, retaining the site’s independence (which doesn’t make it objective, btw) will be an crucial consideration.

  • Jimmy_Sands
  • fair_deal

    signed

  • S*uinter

    I’d be interested in seeing the loveulster.com figures since it’s now reporting that it has “exceeded its bandwidth allowance”

  • Hatchet Field

    I miss the PDN. It used to brighten my life on a Sunday…

  • levee

    You’ve got my vote!

  • bertie

    “I’d be interested in seeing the loveulster.com figures since it’s now reporting that it has “exceeded its bandwidth allowance””

    It’s really frustrating me. I feel like I’m missing something, even though I know that no-one else can get in either (or have I just demonstrated a very basic ignorance of how these work?).

    I require instant gratification at the moment and loveulster does get lots of traffic!

  • Alan

    *I require instant gratification at the moment and loveulster does get lots of traffic!*

    Wait and see, DRD will try and build them a by-pass – when some of us can’t even get a set of part-time traffic lights!

  • Mick Fealty

    We’ve had similar problems here on Slugger. If you think it’s bad for the readership, the organisers are probably pulling their hair out just now.

    The problem is that to be able to afford to run a high volume site, you need to go to the stats to get the best, most stable and affordable packages. The the other problem with high volume sites is that the volumes can grow suddenly and unpredicably.

    If we were to get another surge like the one of last week, we would almost certainly exceed our bandwidth – it’s currently at 45 gig per month, and we’re through 15 of that already.

    Whatever commentators say about Love Ulster – it’s clearly been successful in getting Unionists and Loyalists to talk in big numbers! In an often fragmented and diverse community, that’s a success whichever way you look it.

    Thoug they might consider adding a blog to their bulletin board offering. They could do worse than start with someone like Steve at Everything Ulster.

  • Brian Boru

    No prob.

  • fair_deal

    Up to a dozen signatures. Come on sluggerists you can do better than that.

  • mamapajamas

    Mick: “Massive surge in readers… “

    Surging is fun, isn’t it? 🙂

    Glad to be a part of your blog’s personal history!

  • mamapajamas

    Mick: “Massive surge in readers… “

    Surging is fun, isn’t it? 🙂

    Glad to be a part of your blog’s personal history!

  • mamapajamas

    Ooops… sorry about the double… fingers fumbled :).

  • 6countyprod

    The surge on Slugger was due to interest, mainly from a US audience, in Newton’s piece.

    My guess is that, due to the ethnocentric content of most, if not all, of the threads on Slugger since then, we have lost those American folks, so should not worry too much about exceeding any monthly limits.

    A Word to the Wise: if you wish to keep your foreign readers, broaden the scope of the threads.