It's one thing to have one writer like me take a break and work on other aspects of a several thousand page site, but it's quite another when a website with a group of writers doens't make a single post but once in three months.
I'm writing about The Grand Lake Guardian.
Unlike this blog, which is part of a 50-blog network, I never believed the Grand Lake Guardian got much traffic at all, even though it's insider fan(s) objected to this point-of-view. When I checked the traffic using Compete, there wasn't enough activity for it to register stats. On Alexa, the only report was that it ranked 6,944,395 of all websites, but there was no 3 month average for it.
What this means is that the site's traffic is so low, it's difficult to register. This blog's part of Blogger, so it's harder for those systems to measure Oakland Focus Traffic. But I can say that the blog is read each day or some posting is -- between 5 times and as many as 200 times a day, depending on the article posted. And that's even if I don't post for a while.
The problems with the Guardian's design are many. But it's too bad they -- the founder and writers -- aren't keeping it fresh. One mistake was that it was too narrowly focused. In fact, it may have imploded under an ever tightening gaze that seemed to boarder on myopia. Oakland's a rich city; best to check out all of what's happening in it.
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