The site meter shows that we have crossed over 50,000 visits and 100,000 page views. I think that these are both milestones to be proud of, especially in light of the fact that we are intentionally staying away from politics and played out stories on the web, and also due to the fact that the site was up for a while collecting hits before Dan even turned on the "site meter".
As any regular reader of the blog knows, we hate it when the "trolls" find our site and fixate upon a particular issue and pile on useless comments. It is hard for us when Dan has to close down a post for comments because good comments, the kind we usually get, are the best part of the whole site, and they keep us focused on doing good work and creating solid posts.
I try not to talk about the methods and arts of blogging because, frankly, it is boring. I will say that over time Dan and I have picked up more and more of the positive journalistic traits (original content and fact-based information gathering) while using the web and our own knowledge for a "deep dive" into topics like weapons, taxes, energy and business that a generically trained journalist typically would not be able to match. It also helps that we write for an intelligent audience, and we assume that you know a lot about the topic at hand, so we don't have to dumb it down to fifth grade level or so like the typical newspaper.
So, a big of celebration, and back to work.