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Meta diary

Posted by edison1205 on April 3, 2010

The writers and the researchers who work on this site began it on January 1, 2010.  We have just exceeded 5,000 page views, and it’s an achievement of which we’re proud.

The record visits per day came on January 27 (265 visits), as we were the primary online source for people seeking information about about the outcome of the school referendum.

After our home page, the next most popular page (with about 800 hits) is our “Edison and the Law” page where we discuss lawsuits by or against the township and the board of education.  Going forward, we will announce on the main page whenever we have updates to it, because people seem to miss the juicy scoops we post there, stuff that is often missed by the mainstream media.

The next most popular page is the contracts page, where we give people the actual links to public employee contracts in Edison.  Nearly 300 readers have availed themselves of the contracts there, so they can learn for themselves what the contracts say, rather than relying on people misinterpreting them out of ignorance or to provide ‘political’ spin.  Being able to spread the word in this way is something we’re especially proud of, and it’s something we’re going to continue.  I was considering having summaries of the most-discussed key paragraphs in each.  Time will tell whether we can find the resources to do that.

Finally, the search terms also teach us about what people are looking for when they find us.  Lots of people are searching for lawsuit info, and lots are searching for budget info.  While we provide links to all the relevant budgets, it’s clear that we should be doing a better job in describing what’s in the budgets, as there is a great hunger for that information.  Again, as with a fuller exegisis of the contracts, we’ll try and find the time to do that.

Most of all, this is a big thank you to our readers; it gives us great pleasure to see that every day, we have at least several dozen hits here of people looking to inform themselves.  We are most grateful for that.

If you have any comments, criticisms, or suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment below (you can do so anonymously) or send an email to [theedisonblog] [at] [gmail] [dot] [com].

– the Edison1205 editorial team.


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