Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back: The PardonPower Blog in 2010

It has certainly been another great year for what we like to call "the little blog that can" ... though we are not quite sure what "can" really means!

The big event was our transition to a three column presentation, the direct by-product of coercion by Blogger and our visits to Doug Berman' Sentencing Law and Policy blog (and resulting column envy). Our "authority" increased from just above 400 to 554 and we have yet to develop any clue on earth as to exactly what that means.

Per usual, December was our busiest month (see chart below). But, along the way, the blog received more and more coverage by National media (see left column citations) and we have certainly benefited from links our way from the folks at Huffington PostSentencing Law and Policy, Grits for Breakfast, Reason Online, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and Families Against Mandatory Minimums ... a mighty diverse group that!

We know, in the big scheme of things, we are but small fry. But we are proud of the fact that, in 2010, we averaged just over 5,000 hits per month, and almost 8,000 page views per month. We also celebrated our 200,000 the visitor. 18 percent of our viewers are "regulars" and 29 percent are businesses. Along the way, were a few visits by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Executive Office of the President of the United States (see right list of recent notable visitors in right column).

Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to mention that we received more comments on posts, and kind and supportive communications from readers than ever! For these, we are truly thankful. Happy New Year all! And thanks for stopping by!

This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month


Anonymous said...

Thanks for being here for us. This blog provides great insight and understanding to the pardon process, along with the latest updates to action on pardons both at the federal and state level. Keep up the good work, and may all of us waiting on a pardon in the New Year, Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I would like to thank you as well..I love reading and the insight that you provide..The Blog is attached to my favorites and I look and read daily, looking for new posting..So thank you for makeing this Blog for us the people..I am a firm believer in secound chances and in alot of cases it takes our Govoners and the President to consider on who has earned that chance..One Governor should be commended on his job to use this power of pardon and is Gov.Quinn of IL..Mr Quinn has gave people hope that he is looking and taking action on the request before him. To alot of people they could ever care less if someone is granted a pardon or not, but if they ever need one, a parson, they might look at it in a differant way...Like the "EX GOV" of IL, before its over I bet he wishes he would have looked at the pardons that was before him, because the way it looks he will need one for his self...But as always My Thanks To You Pardon Power Blog...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being there for me. I read my case several times through your blog. Thanks for your support and your value for those who have turned their lives around and who continues to seek justice.

Anonymous said...

I think your blog provides individuals like me the information we need to help make a decision in the next presidential election. I'm very disappointed with our current president with his rhetoric about "hope and change" and "yes, we can". He has left a lot of false hope in having a second chance or having a new start in life for people who only have a misdemeanor on their record. Thanks for the great job you are doing for the average joe like me.

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