One million. No, it’s not the number of posts that Armine has written about the census. (I count only 32.)
A million is the number of times this blog has been viewed since Marc started it back in the summer of 2006. It has been an eventful few years in Canadian economics: the commodity “super cycle,” financial crisis, Great Recession, swing from budget surpluses to deficits, etc.
I think that this blog has been modestly ahead of the curve in anticipating, and commenting on, some of those developments. “Tomorrow’s conventional wisdom, today,” “we told you so,” and “you read it here first” have become regular taglines.
One million seems like a significant milestone, but what does it actually measure? WordPress claims not to count views by those of us who post.
However, a reader could presumably view (i.e. click on) multiple posts in a single visit. On the other hand, some people probably read our posts in syndication on Rabble, New Democrats Online, etc. without being counted by WordPress at all.
So far, we have utterly failed to use social networking to promote the blog. The upshot is that there is still plenty of room to expand our readership.
To paraphrase Mötley Crüe:
When Marc started this blog
All he needed, needed was a laugh
Years gone by . . .
I’d say we’ve kicked some ass