Just wanted to note that last Sunday marked our 2,000,000th page view here. Thanks!
Out of these many visits we had — according to our most recent stats page– over 189,825 completely separate visitors, which of course means that the regular number of repeat visitors here is much smaller. But at least a bunch of people must have looked in at times to see what was going on in Burbank, and quite a few stayed. The stats page also reveals something more than interesting: most of these visitors did not come from Google.
Which would figure, because we make no effort to do any kind of SEO on this site. In fact, if anything, our outside search results would be much, much higher if it weren’t for the repeated efforts of someone or someone(s) to Google Bowl our page-rank by submitting this WordPress URL to about three or four hundred different link farms and foreign porn sites in order to discredit the backlink count.
This is a common and quite popular practice if your competitors (or political enemies) want to sabotage your Google trust-ranking and condemn you to page 8 or 9 of the search results. It often works, but it really doesn’t matter to a repeat-readership blog like this. We could also care less about where we end up on Google. So keep trying, boys.
This 2,000,000 number doesn’t include the nervous repeat visits of the editors here of course, or the several hundred uninvited visits from those various third parties that the U.S. Justice Department discovered were working for the BPD’s attorneys back during the police mess. Apparently they were getting indirectly paid by the City to learn who our secret “police” sources were, but they only ending up getting found out themselves.
We heard it was a beautiful sight to see when they finally got caught by the FBI’s computer surveillance units, who had long suspected such an incursion and had carefully laid an obvious trap for these BPD morons. We didn’t hear about this stunt of theirs until much later, actually.
A bit of history. This blog started off as a political response to that usual crowd of local shills and boosters who had had it too good in Burbank for way too long, but it quickly morphed into a chronicle of the police mess. The timing on this was completely coincidental, believe it or not. Admittedly that national news story did help our hit count from the start, and some of our biggest and earliest fans in fact were city employees. It was unbelievable how much of our original readership could be back-linked to the City of Burbank’s own email system!
The City was such a popular source of readership for us here (and resultant info and tips) that Barlow and Company quickly banned us from their computers. One day all of the referrals from the city’s email system completely disappeared, and we were tipped off by an internal source almost immediately that the City of Burbank’s computers could no longer access our site.
The same was true of the Library’s computers as well for a time (is it still?) We have to admit that this was about the biggest compliment we could have ever received. Censorship is just so flattering when you’re on the transmission end of it.
Anyway, keep reading. There’s so much good material in this town that this stuff almost writes itself. Oh, and our stats page also shows that we’ve had a total of 42,960 published comments during these last seven years. (And not all of them were by Rogers and his friends trying to masquerade as idiots here so that they could then turn around and claim that our blog and its readership was a bunch of kooks and neanderthals. We heard some of them got paid for that as well back then.) So keep writing, too!
Remember this also: no new airport. Small is Beautiful!
And no blocks and blocks of “Burbank2035!” mixed use projects, either. This above all ye shall beware of.