HAPPY 2020 NEW YEAR TO ALL!
On November 16, 2016 www.Pete Dinelli.com was launched as political blog because of the belief the local news outlets gloss over so much without getting into the real substance of stories and ignoring meaningful analysis of what is being reported. The blog does not generate income, there is no advertising, no subscription fees and it is absolutely free to anyone who wants to read it and for that matter wants to share the articles.
2019 proved to be a wild and wonderful year that saw a huge spike in blog article readership at www.PeteDinelli.com. The most common question is how many people actually read the articles or go to the blog site? The blog has a tabulator that has been installed by the web site manager. The tabulator reports on days, weeks, months and years of views and shares of articles and by visitors. The tabulator breaks the numbers down according to VIEWS and VISITORS.
A VIEW is counted when a visitor to the blog loads or reloads an article to be read. A VISITOR is counted when a user or browser for the first time makes a visit in a given period: day, week, month, or year.
MAJOR SPIKES IN READERSHIP OVER 3 FULL YEARS
In a little over three full years of the blog, the number of VIEWS, or article “reads” more than doubled from 30,411 to 68,622. The number of VISITORS, or first-time visitors to the blog, also more than doubled from 15,807 to 43,227.
Following are the numbers for the first few weeks of publication in 2016 and the following 3 full calendar years:
2016: 5,714 VIEWS, 2,574 VISITORS (NUMBERS FOR FIRST SIX WEEK PERIOD)
2017: 30,411 VIEWS, 15,807 VISITORS
2018: 42,397 VIEWS, 26,092 VISITORS
2019: 68,622 VIEWS, 43,227 VISITORS.
The blog does have a “CONTACT” tab on the web page at www.PeteDinelli.com where anyone can send a message and make comments on articles that allows further contact and messaging. Suggestion on articles or information for articles is always appreciated.
TIMELY NEWS TOPICS GOAL OF ARTICLES
Since the blog started on November 16, 2016, there have been written and published 829 blog articles. Many news reporters have said the articles are way too long for “news” articles, but they miss the purpose and intent of the blog: to attempt to inform and share research and institutional knowledge and lessons learned as a public figure for 28 years and a licensed attorney for 43 years. The approach taken with the articles is to first report on current events with research and then followed by “ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY”. The commentary usually includes suggested solutions to problems identified. One public official said, “I read another known political blogger for the political gossip and your blog for the facts.”
The goal from day one of the blog has been to be informative and to give insightful political analysis relying on institutional knowledge after 28 years in government, and knowledge as former elected official, public servant and a 43-year career as a licensed attorney. It is more to be informative than just a political gossip column. The single most common remark I get from people is that they read the blog articles, they do not always agree with what I have to say or my opinions, but enjoy reading it. I have never hidden the fact that I am a progressive Democrat especially on social issues and civil rights issues, which explains those that disagree with what I say, especially about the President. But it is not a Democrat, Republican or Independent blog, but my blog.
The blog articles are always posted on my FACEBOOK page and other FACEBOOK pages. The blog reaches thousands more on the internet. I email the articles to those whose names are actually mentioned and include government officials and elected officials who I think may be interested in the topic. The blog articles are not written to please all the people who read them all the time. The articles are an effort to promote civil discussion. I do publish “guest opinion columns” from others from time to time. I also submit Guest Columns to the Albuquerque Journal and the Journal has been very accommodating over the last 3 years, has published them and I then publish them again on the blog. The blog does have some detractors. I always tell people who “unload” on me for an article, there is no need to get upset and if you do not like what I write, then don’t read the blog articles and unfriend me on FACEBOOK.
Over the last three years, the blog has covered all sorts of topics including: city elections and debates, city budgets and finance, court hearings on the DOJ consent decree and the 10 federal court monitor’s reports, court hearing on the ART Bus project and city news on the ART Bus Project, the Railyards Development, Downtown Redevelopment, city history from the perspective of being born and raised in the city, the minimum wage, mandatory sick leave, public financed campaigns, city election code reform, city and state economic development, gun control legislation, sanctuary city, immigration reform, mass shootings, legalization of marijuana, the war on drugs, city crime rates, city zoning issues including the comprehensive plan and nuisance abatement laws and actions, the city and state economy, economic development proposals, our public education system, UNM athletics, the homeless crisis, mental and behavioral health care services, taxation, state elections and issues, PERA reform and solvency issues, the Albuquerque Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the City Council, our criminal justice system, the Judicial System, bail bond reform, the Department of Justice Consent decree, the Governor, the New Mexico legislature, the Mayor, New Mexico politics in general and national news and the press. I downright enjoy writing about the sure stupidity at times of some of our elected officials and their actions, including the job performance of our President, Governor, the District Attorney, City Councilors and the Mayor, especially when I write satirical pieces.
I have no doubt I have offended more than a few politicos, even within my own political party, but I make no apology. I have done my very best to be accurate in my reporting. I do get very frustrated finding clerical and spelling errors after I publish them and try to correct them as soon as I can, but that is the hazard of doing your own editing and kicking out articles on an almost daily basis. All the 827 articles are posted and can still be read at www.PeteDinelli.com Being fully retired, I enjoy my freedom to say what I want, when I want and how I want without any fear of reprisal, something I had never experienced as a public official and especially when I was a judge. Our First Amendment Freedom of Speech is the most important right we have as citizens.
I am truly humbled by the sure number of views and shares that I have had over the last 3 years. I am also very proud of the steady increase for each year. To all those who read the blog, thank you for reading. To my FACEBOOK friends, please follow me on FACEBOOK and share the blog articles when you can!
BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A HAPPY 2020 NEW YEAR!