One year ago, on March 14, 2012, I posted my very first article on SCL: a story on Stockton’s population shift over the past ten years. I am pretty sure no one read it, but I appreciated having an outlet to write about issues facing Stockton that I felt were important. SCL was started with the modest hope that maybe a handful of people would be interested in what I had to say. One year later, I am happy to report that I have met this goal and then some as I have been fortunate enough to publish nearly 80 articles reaching thousands of people. Not only have I been able to share my ideas with everyday Stocktonians, SCL has afforded me the opportunity to speak with many community stakeholders– such as elected officials, non profits and developers– to discuss the future of Stockton. So on SCL’s first birthday, I would like to say thanks to the people of Stockton for considering my viewpoints and sharing my ideas.
And because I am a big stats guy, here are some interesting data points from the past year. While modest numbers by most standards, these stats have far exceeded my expectations:
– SCL has been viewed just under 16 thousand times in the past year, and SCL articles have accumulated over 200 comments, not counting my own.
– SCL’s busiest day was July 10, 2012 with 479 views. Not coincidentally, “The top 5 buildings in Stockton that deserve to be demolished” was posted that same day, and subsequently has become SCL’s most-commented article.
-The most popular post by far with over a thousand views is my piece on Walmart: “The Wal-martization of Stockton: Are Three Wal-Marts good for the city?”
– The most shared article– through Twitter and Facebook– was “SCL Exclusive: Dan Cort, the interview,” which has been shared nearly 90 times.
– WordPress has shielded SCL from over 17 thousand spam comments.
So here’s to another year of writing about Stockton and discussing ways to improve our city. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget that you can show your support by following SCL on Twitter and liking SCL on Facebook.