HAPPY 2021 NEW YEAR TO ALL!
On November 16, 2016 www.Pete Dinelli.com was launched as political blog. The blog was launched because of the belief the local news outlets gloss over way too much without getting into the real substance of stories. The local media all too often ignore analysis of what is being reported and do not have the time nor space to report details and gloss over information out of sure laziness.
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. The blog is maintained by a professional site manager that charges a monthly fee.
The year 2020 proved to be a wild and wonderful year that saw a huge spike in blog article readership and visitors 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 internet web manager that tabulates and reports to subscribers. The tabulator reports on days, weeks, months and years of views and shares of articles and by visitors. The tabulator breaks the numbers down into two major categories of 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.
The tabulator counts by day, week, month, or full year.
The articles are first posted on the internet blog and then posted on FACEBOOK which is separate from the blog.
MAJOR SPIKE IN READERSHIP IN 2020
In a little over 4 full years of the blog, the number of VIEWS, or article “reads”, more than tripled from 30,411 in 21017 to 105,793 in 2020. The number of VISITORS, or first-time visitors to the blog, more than doubled from 15,807 in 2017 to 70,208 in 2020.
Following are the tabulator numbers for the 4 full calendar years:
2017: 30,411 TOTAL VIEWS, 15,807 TOTAL VISITORS
2018: 42,397 TOTAL VIEWS, 26,092 TOTAL VISITORS
2019: 68,622 TOTAL VIEWS, 43,227 TOTAL VISITORS
2020: 105,793 TOTAL VIEWS, 70,208 TOTAL VISITORS
The blog does have a “CONTACT” link 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.
2020 was the first year that a number of readers submitted “guest columns” on varying topics of interest to them, some in opposition to blog articles published. The guest columns have turn out to be very successful. The guest columns are not paid for and what is submitted is only edited as to format and not content.
TIMELY NEWS TOPICS GOAL OF ARTICLES
Since the blog started on November 16, 2016, there have been written and published 1,096 blog articles. Many news reporters and politicos have said the articles are way too long for “news” articles and no one will read them. At first, that was very true, but no longer if the statistics for the las 4 years are to be believed. The purpose and intent of the blog which is to inform, share research and institutional knowledge and lessons learned as a public figure for 28 years and a licensed attorney for 44 years.
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 44-year career as a licensed attorney. It is to be informative than just a political gossip column.
The approach taken with the articles is to first report on current events with research and then followed by “ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY”. The commentary is used to suggest solutions to problems identified. One elected official said, “I read another blogger for the political gossip and your blog for the facts and research.” I take that as a compliment.
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 may say, especially conservative Republicans. The blog is not a Democrat, Republican or Independent blog, but my blog.
The blog articles are always posted on my FACEBOOK page to 5,000 FACEBOOK friends to see 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 and who may want to take issue.
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. In addition to “guest opinion columns” from others, I also submit Guest Opinion Columns to the Albuquerque Journal. The Journal has been very accommodating over the last 4 years, has published them and I then publish them again on the blog.
Our First Amendment Freedom of Speech is the most important right we have as citizens. Being fully retired, I enjoy my freedom of speech 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 or elected official and especially when I was a judge.
I do get very frustrated finding clerical and spelling errors after I publish the article and try to correct them as soon as I can. The mistakes are the hazard of doing your own editing and kicking out articles on an almost daily basis. All the articles are posted and can still be read at www.PeteDinelli.com The blog does have a search engine block in the upright hand corner.
The blog has some detractors, but that is to be expected whenever political opinions are expressed . I always tell people who “unload” on me about 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. I do want to tell readers I am not a communist, I am not a socialist, I am not a fascist and being called a “libitard” is just plain stupid. I am an American who deeply loves my country, this great democracy of ours and very proud that it survived the last 4 years.
Over the last 4 years, the blog has covered all sorts of topics including:
The 2020 Presidential Election
The Legislative sessions
The City Council
The Albuquerque Police Department
The District Attorney’s Office
The criminal justice system
The Judicial System
APD Overtime abuse
New Mexico politics
National news and the press
City budgets and finance
Albuquerque Public Schools
The University of New Mexico
Reports on the Court hearings on the Department of Justice consent decree
The 12 Federal Court monitor’s reports
The ART Bus project
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Religion
The homeless crisis
The Railyards Development
The minimum wage
Mandatory sick leave
Public financed campaigns
City election code reform
City and state economic development
Gun control legislation
Legalization of marijuana
The war on drugs
City crime rates
City zoning issues
Nuisance abatement laws and actions
The city and state economy
Economic development proposals and projects
The file industry in New Mexico
The public education system
Mental and behavioral health care services,
State elections and issues
PERA reform and solvency issues
Liquor License Reform
Bail bond reform
The Department of Justice Consent decree
Tributes to family and friends
I am truly humbled by the sure number of views and shares that I have had over the last 4 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 whenever you can!
A special thanks goes to Wayne Scheiner and his advertising firm for helping set up the blog over 4 years ago!
PLEASE WEAR THE DAMN MASK AND GET THE VACCINE SO THAT I CAN GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND START TRAVELING AGAIN!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!