I have never been someone who believes the blogosphere and the mainstream media should be at each other's throats. I suppose I would say that, wouldn't I, seeing as I earn my living from various MSM outlets nowadays. There's an increasing overlap, whereby bloggers are now writing for and appearing on the MSN with increaed regularity and mainstream jourbalists are now blogging. It's very interesting to read Guido's post today on the subject of the number of people who visit various websites. Guido is more of a confrontationalist on this than me, as you will see in his post HERE.
I must say I do find it incredible that one man bands like him and me seem to be getting higher or equivalent numbers of readers (based on absolute unique visitors) than big MSM companies like ITN or the main political parties. Guido got 102,000 last month and I got 72,000. According to ComScore this is what other sites achieved during February...
• BBC News UK Politics 1,090,000
• itn.co.uk 96,000
• theyworkforyou.com 69,000
• Guardian Politics 67,000 (excl CiF)
• barackobama.com 56,000
• conservatives.com 40,000
• bnp.org.uk 37,000
• democraticunderground.com 32,000
• labour.org.uk 29,000
Obvously those figures may have increased since February, but the trend is clear. Now all we need to do is generate direct income so we can market our blogs better.