First, let me say this: there are many, many blogs and websites that are important than mine and receive much more traffic that Saint Petersblog.
But this blog has come a long way in one year. Last November, I could count the number of unique daily visitors on my hands and toes. Over the course of the year, as the St. Petersburg Municipal Elections heated-up, the number of visitors to Saint Petersblog increased day by day, building to a crescendo on Election Day, when almost — almost — 10,000 readers visited the site. I can’t tell you how humbled I am by the thought of 10,000 people reading this site.
Honestly, I thought Election Day would be the high-water moment for this blog, especially as I transition to some other projects. Little did I know that Glenn Beck’s visit to Florida — and my live blogging and tweeting of his visit — would help me reset my own record.
On Saturday, as I live blogged and tweeted from Glenn Beck’s visit to Tampa and The Villages (which, ironically, was my 1000th post ever), more than 20,000 unique readers visited Saint Petersblog, shattering the previous record.
How did it happen? Well, first of all, most of the local, statewide and national media decided not to cover Beck’s tour of Florida. Oh sure, there were the requisite newspaper articles about Beck’s book signing stops. But there was no real-time coverage. Love him or hate him, Beck is a national figure and so when he says he has a major announcement, in this case the launching of a new political movement, the media should have paid attention.
So I guess I filled a void. But as the retweets multiplied on Twitter and the IP address streamed on my live feed, I realized I had my first national audience. For that I owe a big thank-you to Michelle Malkin’s Hot Air. And thank-you to all of the first-time readers of Saint Petersblog. I know you all were just stopping by for a visit, but maybe you’ll be back again…