BlueNC: High Impact Community

Have you ever wondered just how much impact a diary on BlueNC makes? If you're like me, there are days you wonder why you even bother. I write a masterpiece and get two or three comments. Some days blogging is frustrating.

After our BlueNC Women on Wednesday session this week, I wanted to see just how much of an impact our first effort made, if any. How many new accounts registered? (We rock - 2nd biggest day for new registrations in past two months!) How was traffic different for this Wednesday over other Wednesdays? Does it really matter as long as we had fun?

That question can be asked of blogging in general. Does it matter if you have a large audience? To some, it does. Many folks who blog, though do it simply because they have something to say and they dont' care who is listening. Others do it because they want to make an impact. If this type of blogger doesn't see the impact of his work he will get frustrated and quit. How many dead blogs have you run across out there? I find them all the time.

I don't want anyone to get frustrated and quit here at BlueNC. It takes all of our voices to make a difference. Regular community members all work hard to make folks feel good. Everyone here pitches in to make sure new diarists and commenters are welcomed. We try to comment on all the threads and give encouragement and feedback.

What about those folks, though who have to see the numbers? Some of you are familiar with jotter's diaries at Kos. Well, I won't be able to give you impact numbers based on comments and recs, but I can and will give you some basic information about different diaries and how many unique views they've had. We'll also look at some other statistics so you can see just how important the community is to BlueNC.

First, as far as I'm concerned, the most important thing is our community. We are nothing without our teamwork. We are nothing but a handful of people spouting off without the sincere appreciation we have for each other and our love (or are we just friends) for our state and country. That will always be more important to me than any high-impact diary or diarist.

On the other hand.....the attention a high impact diary brings to BlueNC makes it infinitely easier to grow as a community and to effect positive progressive change. The more the merrier, right?

I looked at the top 100 diaries based solely on the number of unique views each diary had during that month. For the months of January and February the top diary was not written by a front page writer. Yes, you read that right.

Let's take a look at each month. We need to keep in mind that diarists who write consistently every day or almost every day, will also have a high impact simply based on their combined unique views. Sadly, the 10 hours I put into collecting the data didn't allow time for me to add each diarist's total impact.

Let's look at the top three diaries for each week. This will really show you how important the input is from each member of our community.

January

Jan. Week 1
#1 Anglico - More on Mike Munger
#2 Liberal NC - Robin Hayes says we will Win in Iraq
#3 Hampton Dellinger - Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Governor

Jan. Week 2
#1 George Pence - June Atkinson with Nothing to Do
#2 kmr - Hackney is Speaker nominee
#3 Targator - NC '08: The Democratic Party's Deep Bench

Jan. Week 3
#1 LiberalNC - Robin Hayes Says we will Win in Iraq
#2 Gregflynn - Fred Smith for Whom Tabor Trolls
#3 Anglico - Capital Press

Jan. Week 4
#1 The Southern Dem - Easley Beats Liddy in Head to Wig Poll
#2 Leslie H - Guess Who Came to our Meeting
#3 Pam Spaulding - North Carolina's Constitution is Under Attack

Jan. Final Three Days
#1 Gregflynn - Art Pope Tax Delinquent
#2 Anglico - All Hands on Deck
#3 cskendrick - Follow up on Blogger's Conference

Of the 15 "top three" diaries during these weeks, nine were written by regular front-pagers, four by regular community members and one by a visitor and one by a candidate.

High Impact Diaries for January
#1 LiberalNC - Robin Hayes Says we will Win in Iraq
#2 The Southern Dem - Easley Beats Liddy in Head to Wig Poll
#3 Anglico - More on Mike Munger
#4 Leslie H - Guess Who Came to our Meeting
#5 Hampton Dellinger - Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Governor
#6 Gregflynn - Art Pope Tax Delinquent
#7 Screwy Hoolie - McHenry Doesn't Like Following the Rules
#8 George Pence - June Atkinson with Nothing To Do
#9 Anglico - Capital Press
#10 Gregflynn - Fred Smith for Whom Tabor Trolls
#11 DrFrankLives - Republicans Have Estate Envy
#12 Anglico - All Hands on Deck
#13 kmr - Shuler Staff Says Taylor Left no Files
#14 kmr - Hackney is Speaker Nominee
#15 Pam Spaulding - North Carolina's Constitution is Under Attack

New Registrations

There is another way to consider effectiveness of a diary and that is by how many new users are prompted to join BlueNC after reading the diary. While there's no way to guarantee these numbers are accurate since we don't really know what someone's intent is from the time they arrive at BluenC, it is fun to see just which diaries appear to inspire folks to join up.

A majority of new registrations occur from the front page, NCblogIndex or one of the activity pages. In January we had 126 New registrations and 57% of new accounts came from admin pages. Anglico leads the way in front pagers who inspire new registrants and the front page crew as a whole were "responsible for 31% of our new members. The other 12% seemed to get their inspiration while visiting the diaries of community members with Sam Spencer inspiring three new registrants and Stormbear inspiring two.

February

Feb. Week 1
#1 Lance - NC Young Republicans Have Elected Officers
#2 Robert P - State of the Candidates' Web sites
#3 Jerry Meek - Help Us Find our Newest Staff Member

Feb. Week 2
#1 Gregflynn - Face Off
#2 The Southern Dem - Amanda Marcotte Resigns
#3 The Southern Dem - Out of the Goodness of His Heart

Feb. Week 3
#1 Blue South - Where Does Elizabeth Dole Live
#2 Storm Bear - This Space Intentionally Left Blank
#3 The Southern Dem - Mo Southern Love Meet BlueNC Women

Feb. Week 4
#1 Robert P - Enough is Enough
#2 Anglico - Lt. Governor Perdue Says No to OLF
#3 Drama Queen - How the 10th's Patrick McHenry Rates

Of the 12 high impact posts for February, eight were by our front page team and four were by community members.

High Impact Diaries for February
#1 Blue South - Where Does Elizabeth Dole Live
#2 Lance - NC Young Republicans Have Elected Officers
#3 Robert P. - State of the Candidates' Web Sites
#4 The Southern Dem - Tragedy in Three Acts
#5 Jerry Meek - Help us find our Newest Staff member
#6 Robert P. - Enough is Enough
#7 Gregflynn - Face Off
#8 Stormbear - John Edwards Still Weak-kneed
#9 Blue South - Special Election or Special Appoinment
#10 The Southern Dem - Mo Southern Love Meet BlueNC Women
#11 Mystery (Moore?) Diarist - Perdue's Record on Death Penalty
#12 Pam Spaulding - Caving in to the Right Wing is Never Good
#13 The Southern Dem - Out of the Goodness of His Heart
#14 The Southern Dem - Amanda Marcotte Resigns
#15 Anglico - Lt. Gov. Perdue Says No to OLF

New Registrations

In February we saw a nice increase in new registrations and a larger percentage of them - 19% - appeared to be inspired by diaries written by community members. Momoaizo, C. Diane, Blue South and Stormbear all inspired multiple new registrants with their diaries. From our front page team Robert, Anglico and Lance inspired more new registrants this past month.

Congratulations to Blue South and LiberalNC. I'll have to come up with some kind of cheap prize. :) Thank you to everyone for contributing your time, talents and energy to make this site what it is. Thank you for walking the walk when it comes to community/grassroots activism. That is truly the measure of the effectiveness of BlueNC.

Comments

You're amazing

Doing all this digging while in the process of house and home being up in the air!

This is great stuff - and just goes to show what happens when lots of voices come together in search of the common good. I wish I had half you skills at this kind of research . . . or maybe I'm just really glad you have them.

:)

Happy weekend, sweetie pie. Thanks for all you do.

Thank you!

...and happy weekend to you too.

I personally think our BlueNC community is second to none. Glad we're growing and happy to be able to show everyone what an important role they play in this.

I wish there was some way to show readers and commenters how important they are too. Just a great big old huge thank you for now. Thank you!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Damn

2 top 10 for February. Not too bad.

Also, I expect a darn good prize.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Damn......getting a bit demanding aren't we?

I'll see what I can do. But I probably won't have it taken care of by Sunday. Glad I get to meet the puppy. Will leave mine at home.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Cheers

for Blue South and LiberalNC!!! Those were two great posts -- Way to go, guys!

And might I add, from the regular blueNC non-FP pot-stirrin' brigade community ... a big BlueNC Welcome to all new registrants. Glad to have you!

Great break down, SD. Thanks for putting it all together.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I got curious

When I saw so many different userids on the unique views page. Nice to see how the entire community contributes to the success of a site like this.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I'm really not obsessed

but I just checked and see that we have now equaled our one-day new member registrations and the night is still young. :)

Oh....and many of the registrations were due to Rep. Grier Martin's live blog. Thanks, A.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Geek.

.

Sigh

I know....I know.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

CFLs

This is random. Since we are talking about how much impact the BLUENC community bloggers can have:
we ought to go buy a CFL flourescent lightbulb, you can get them at Lowes for less than three dollars. they last longer and give as much light, and use less power so if you replace all the lights in your house, your bills will decline.

They use so much less energy and the light quality has improved. And they do have a second delay when you turn the switch but that is ok. And if everyone on Blue NC would replace the bulbs in their house with one or two. IT would save us all money and we need to show Duke Energy what a community like BLUE NC can do.
. NO more high demand for electricity.
.spread the word that cfls are mandatory in some places, easy to use, less expensive to use than incandescent bulbs.

Good for the environment, although we need to put them in the hazardous waste bins when they are done. Which is not for eight years. they are a good buy and they are good for the Earth.

TurnNCBlue

currently

of the last two light bulbs that burned out in my house one got replaced with a flourescent and one i just dont use anymore.

i personally dont buy normal light bulbs anymore.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Do they have dimmers yet?

I can't live without dimmers. Any light is too bright for me. Unless it's too dim, which changes depending on the ambient light.

A real dilemma

The Google

returns some 96K hits on CFL dimmable. Here's one at random.

Exactly what I needed

Thank you. What a nice thing for you to do SD.

Committing to this community has so many benefits; lessons in government and politics, inspiration from other members and great shopping trips! Watching the community grow and strengthen has been a privlege.

Congratulations to all that work so hard to build this site and WELCOME to all of our newcomers!
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

two of the

january diaries got picked up by national outlets such as huffington post if i remember right. could be wrong. but i dont remember if any from feb got picked up by national outlets.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

I think the Elizabeth Dole

diary you wrote was linked on the fp of DKos. I can't remember.

Just one was linked by HuffPo.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Nice research

And motivating, too. I want my stuff to be high impact...

It's interesting because my home blog, Scrutiny Hooligans, gets only a fraction of what BlueNC gets, but it's had enormous impact here in our mountain metropolis of Asheville. It seems, in ScruHoo's case, to be less about traffic numbers than about who's reading. A large number of our ScruHoo hits are from type-ins, not links, and that means folks who aren't familiar with RSS and other sites that link us are making a special trip.

BlueNC has formed an active community, while ScruHoo is more of a soapbox from which I can shout at the universe.

I find myself wanting to write more BlueNC appropriate material after reading this post, SD. Today I'm heading off to the Clean Energy Task Force gathering, and I'll try to get a post together tonight...

Thanks BlueNC!!! I love you guys.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

We love you back.

Thanks for all you do . . . you are our role model!