On May 31, 2003, this blog began with one single posting – with an article on SPIEGEL and Stern’s baiting of the US government. The topic would remain with us for the following two years…
We already reported on the goals of this blog on our one-year anniversary. Nothing about that has changed.
While Davids Medienkritik stood almost alone at the beginning in its criticism of the anti-American attitude of media and politics in Germany, today there are numerous excellent German-language blogs with a point of view much like ours. My partner Ray and I are doing our best to encourage this development. The more blogs like ours, the better.
Our visitor numbers also remain strong. On weekdays we typically have an audience of 2,500 to 3,000 unique visitors, on weekends, the number dips down to 1,800 to 2,000. Our daily regular audience has grown significantly over the past year. This time last year, it was around 1,200 to 1,300 on weekdays and 1,000 or less on weekends. Even without an Instalanche or an Andrewlanche, our monthly figures are typically somewhere from 75,000 to 85,000.
Like many US blogs, we had a boom period around the November 2004 US elections largely due to links from major blogs and interest in the German media's view of the race. This hot election period saw our monthly numbers skyrocket to record levels well above 100,000. Currently, we are among the top 150 to 170 blogs worldwide. We suspect that we are at the very top of the blog game in Germany, where the blogosphere is still in its infancy.
A fundamental trademark of this blog remains its numerous outstanding comments from our visitors. Some of our visitors have accompanied us for quite some time – the are a key core of our blog from which new ideas and fresh comments are always flowing.
No large parties are planned for our anniversary. Just the promise that we will stay on the job longer than Gerhard Schroeder…