…. traffic has doubled year-on-year.
…. traffic has doubled year-on-year.
Congratulations to Jonathan Isaby, will he be doing the 6 a.m. news links shift? Isaby is rarely missing from a politico-social event, it won’t be easy to combine late nights with early starts…
ConservativeHome is an example of how the news market will become fragmented in the future. High quality, focused niche news boutiques will displace traditional generalist news sources. Nobody watches the BBC for business reporting when we have CNBC, nobody reads Bloomberg for sports reporting. You wouldn’t expect the Guardian to have a clue about the intricacies of the Conservative Party’s internal affairs. Best of breed online news sources can rapidly replace the dead tree press – however well established. The Telegraph has certainly been replaced as the house journal of the Tory Party by ConservativeHome…
12.45pm I’m in a greasy spoon in Shettleston Road. The woman serving chides one of the customers who fesses up to not having voted.
2pm An important note Apologies to Daddyo’s (the cafe I mentioned earlier). The owner is very upset to hear that I referred to it as a “greasy spoon” – so much so that he kicked me out!
Wireless connections mean that one can blog and make yourself unwelcome anywhere. Well done Daddyo…
Traffic was small and they were losing money despite the low costs of blog publishing. The owners couldn’t make it work and honestly admit that they just couldn’t find the talent. Once Sadie Smith* left they did it themselves and then had young, cheap writers – the last of which was dire. They also made the classic mistake of commenting on comment too much and just rounding up other peoples stories instead of getting original news stories. It was a car crash.
*She has her own blog here.
Guido called Alex Hilton, LabourHome’s chief commissar, to commiserate with him for not getting a six-figure valuation. (Guardian Media Group just bought PaidContent for $30 million, the Gawker group of blogs is valued at over $100 million.) Alex would only say “We are very pleased to have the support of the New Statesman” from his yacht in the Caribbean.
Guido reckons that if the valuations being achieved in the U.S. were reflected here, the leading blogs would be worth seven figure sums. Mrs Fawkes has become noticeably less intolerant of Guido’s blogging of late…
Miranda from the Boulton & Co. blog is canvassing for votes with the promise that if they get into the top 10 there will be “semi-naked photos of all our political correspondents made available on the blog.”
Email your top 10 list to firstname.lastname@example.org
The parliamentary authorities are trying to block us knowing what they have been doing by claiming copyright. So the public pay for it. Individuals can FoI it. If however you want to publicise it by re-publishing it, say on Britain’s most popular and widely read political website, you will be (they claim) in breach of copyright.
Complete and utter nonsense of course. Tom says friendly lawyers are being sought to do battle…
The top ten referrers after Google and Yahoo are:
#1 Iain Dale
#3 Spectator / Coffee House blog
#6 Times Blogs (Red Box and Comment Central)
#7 Boulton & Co.
#8 Dizzy Thinks
#9 Telegraph Blogs
Guido would especially like to thank his advertisers this month for their support and contribution to his cellars.
Amazon – Guido’s readers buy hundreds of books every month.
Argos Online – They can deliver barbecues and kiddies pools.
Betfair – Place your bets.
Central Office of Information – It was like a tax rebate.
Children Are Unbeatable Alliance – They are in Guido’s house.
Compass – Discerning advertisers.
Connect Online Backup – Keeps Guido’s data safe.
eBay – For everything.
Friends of Zimbabwe – But not Mugabe.
Help the Aged – Getting heard in Westminster.
Laithwaites – Booze to the door.
Lastminute – Nice viral.
MoneySupermarket.com – Does what it says on the tin.
Leonard Cheshire Disability – Campaigning.
Savanna Cider – African cider.
Standpoint magazine – Definitely.
The Stationery Office – Download legislation.
Total Politics magazine – Welcome.
War on Want – Keeps Guido in Margaux.
WWF – Love those Pandas…
*Fewer people re-loaded PoliticalBetting.com more often.
To get these figures into perspective – The Guardian itself claimed 67,000 absolute unique visitors online in February for the Guardian Politics pages as measured by comScore. Deborah Summers, Guardian Online’s politics editor, is going to have to increase her readership by 50% to match Guido. More people are interested in reading Dale’s take on politics – who is the mass media now?
Guido’s most popular story of the month was the Richard Littlejohn slapdown of Polly Toynbee…
For comparison here are some (non-blog) comparative absolute unique numbers as measured by comScore (February 2008):
• BBC News UK Politics 1,090,000
• itn.co.uk 96,000
• theyworkforyou.com 69,000
• Guardian Politics 67,000
• barackobama.com 56,000
• conservatives.com 40,000
• bnp.org.uk 37,000
• democraticunderground.com 32,000
• labour.org.uk 29,000
This was Guido’s best month on record, no taxpayers were harmed in the production of the blog. Many thanks to advertisers.
Follow up with Deborah Summers here.
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Mandy Rice-Davies (R.I.P.) on Lord Astor’s denial of their affair….
“Well he would, wouldn’t he?”