Shawn Millerick: kettle, black

by Skip

Jethro BodineYou know, I ALMOST forgot about this line:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Kuster??
Date:     Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:39:47 -0500
From:     Shawn Millerick <shawn.millerick@gmail.com>
To:     skip@granitegrok.com <skip@granitegrok.com>

How is it the biggest opportunity to bash a Democrat/Liberal comes along and you guys have stories about snow storms on your site? Kuster dodging taxes is not big enough to cover?? You guys are lame. Keep going after everyone else. I suspect I was the only person who read your site today so you should thank me.

Shawn P Millerick

Now, we make no bones about it – we are a state level blog in one of the Union’s smallest States staffed by a small group of part-timers; we know where we stand in the greater blogosphere.  While we do have several award winning bloggers and while our traffic is mild compared to some, we’re ok with our size and are grateful to every reader that comes to the ‘Grok, even if it is just one.  But this had me scratching my head – NH Journal puts itself up as THE place to go here in NH for this kind of stuff, and has full timers (or did – I only go over there maybe a couple times a year at best) and with Hynsie’s former blogger cred for link love, I figured that their traffic would give credence to Millerick’s sneering.  Instead, we’ve caught another acting like Fergus “The Fringe” Cullen.

I didn’t do a comprehensive search, just a quick look over at Alexa, clicked on Site Info, and plugged in both GraniteGrok and NH Journal.  Well, to paraphrase that old kiddie phrase: if this is what I am (“the only person who read your site today“), that doesn’t mean “Great Gonzos!” for NH Journal:

Alexa rating NH JournalGiven that there are hundreds of millions of blogs out there (a long tail phenomenon indeed where a handful of sites get millions of hits per day and quickly falling off to huge number of sites getting (literally) a couple of handfuls of hits per day).  So, Millerick’s traffic rank is 3,320,891 overall and a US ranking of 835, 926 – not so bad for a site that thinks highly of itself.

Certainly, Millerick was proud enough to come over and talk smack here.

Then I plugged in GraniteGrok to see where we stood – after all, after claiming that only 1 person (himself) read the ‘Grok, it just HAD to be lower, yes?

 

 

My, a bit of a surprise here, eh?

 

Alexa rating GraniteGrok

Hmm, a bit of a disparity of perception on Millerick’s here?  Overall rank of 698,320 and a US rank of 162,556.  And yes, a lower number is better in this case.  And in the ‘Grok’s case, a lot LOWER numbers than Millerick’s.  Look, there are lots of places that you can compare and contrast sites – I just picked one out of the blue (your mileage may vary elsewhere).  But given the results, there is really only one question outstanding to ask:

 

About that “ was the only person who read your site today” remark, hmmm Shawn?

Chances are who would that more apply to: the ‘Grok or NHJ?

 

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  • mer

    Funny, I honestly never heard of NH Journal until a month or so ago. Driving to work, had on 610AM, Amelia Chassee was on, mentioned it.

    This was probably a not so subtle way for him to try an generate traffic: start a tiff with a blog more popular than his, probability that some will click thru…

    • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

      You may even be correct – their articles attracted a lot less interest and comments than ours. Seems like they just publish what the GOP sends them. WE do research!

  • C. dog e. doG

    Forgive me Groksters, for I have strayed … to see what treats NHJournal throws out today.
    – C. dog, repentant

    • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

      It’s OK to throw them a bone – don’t expect any doggie treats in return, though!
      Just be careful not to double their readership!

    • granitegrok

      Dogs are curious creatures so understandable. Did they leave any useful bones to gnaw on? Or slam the door and send you away with a sense of unfulfillment?

      • C. dog e. doG

        As you know, they frequently leave a big ol’ RINO bone to gnaw on, and I don’t mind sharin’.
        – C. dog

  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    Skip, Even before your Alexa research (there’s that word again that Shawn doesn’t grasp), I’d noted that the Grok article(s) on the TaxKluster had attracted far more comments than NHJ’s.
    I think Mer has a point – they are like spoiled brats seeking any attention rather than none.

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