As a matter of fact, October saw a new record in our page views here at sanduskyregister.com. There are few, if any newspapers our size with more successful websites.
After my last post a user writing under the handle Macho Grande asked if I would provide some details on our website's popularity. He indicated some skepticism that we had any (though he may have been referring just to this blog, where he is probably right). In any case, I am more than happy to provide our numbers -- not the least because we are pretty proud of them.
Last month, sanduskyregister.com served up almost 2 million page views. That was a record, though it doesn't count events like our live coverage of McCain's visit in a meaningful way. That visit by the way, had as many as 1,071 users watching online at any given time (and it was the first-ever appearance on video of John McCain with Joe the Plumber).
That was an 8 percent increase over the previous month and a 34% over the previous year (and more than 220% from two years ago). I don't have any hard data for what other sites in communities our size are doing, but I try to keep a pretty close eye, and I don't think there's many sites doing better.
Overall, some 20,000 people visit our website each month, according to a Belden Research study last year.
Generally speaking the traffic is strong, but it's a far cry from the actual newspaper which reaches approximately three times that many people. So there may be a future wherein the news we report is delivered entirely electronically, but from where I sit, that day is further off than those in the punditocracy would have you believe.
About 21% of people in this community are still using dial-up at home, and 36% of people don't have internet access at all (from home), according to research compiled by Borrell Associates. Only about 56% used email in the last month. I'm certain the internet is not a fad, but it still has a ways to go before it comes close to replacing good, old paper and ink.
Finally, I may start writing some posts that are range a little further afield than my blog has so far -- it should be more interesting to me, and to you all. However, Mr. Grande, I'm not aware of being punished for my previous writings. But then, I can be obtuse. If I am being punished, giving me unfettered access to our websites is a funny way to shut me up!
In any case, thanks for the questions, I hope I've answered them to your satisfaction. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask.