Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Celebration;100,000 Views Of "Palin4President2016" Website

                                                                 My personal favorite photo

A genuine milestone and, surely, one in the eye (actually another one with Palin being announced at CPAC) for those leftists who have written Palin off as "irrelevant" since she, voluntarily, left Fox. I would think that 100k page views, in only 11 months on a site which is written for sporadically-a labor of love, not a financial enterprise, (if folks want to contribute to make it so that would be great of course) shows that the interest in Sarah Palin is very much alive and well. 

I have little doubt that if I spent full time on this site and put money behind it it would have garnered substantially more page views.

All that has, of course, nothing to do with me or what I say. Clearly people visit here to read about, and look at Sarah Palin and indulge me from time to time by reading an occasional editorial I post. Here are the most viewed pages, and most are of pictures of Sarah at various events. However, the all time most popular article was one I redid just before the 2012 election which garnered, across the various sites it was picked up on, an incredible 26,000 views. 

As a celebration of today's milestone and the great interest in that post I reproduce it below. In the meantime-here's to a huge amount of further page views leading up to the 2016 election when I expect the 26k to be dwarfed by the interest at that point.

The article reposted below: "Census Bureau Electoral College 2012 Map Shows Palin's Eleven Vote Win" 

has proven to be the most popular ever posted on the (frankly not well known) M.Joseph Sheppard's 
"A Point Of View" site. It was reposted, here recently and at "The Sarah Palin Information Blog" site also in December 2010.

Surprisingly, pleasantly, and somewhat mystifyingly, it is growing substantially in page views even though Palin is not running. Why Palin and why now, and why so much interest in her winning the presidency?

The article was written at a time when it was considered  that Palin might make a run for the GOP's nomination in 2012 and of course for the presidency should she have been successful at gaining the nomination. 

Given the voting history of the states assigned to Palin in the Electoral College map it was entirely feasible that she could have won the required number of EC votes to have reached the 270 needed to be elected (irrespective of the popular vote). 

The article garnered a bit of interest at both sites and readership declined precipitously (and of course understandably so) after Palin declared she would not be a candidate in October 2011. But, astonishingly and interestingly, the readership of the post has increased strikingly! 

Commencing with an uptick in May of this year and accelerating to over 5,900 page views for August and September, and 3,600 for early October as per the analysis below from the SPIB site, with the number, at that site alone, being 12,000 views and over 15,000 total for both sites.

UPDATE from SPIB November 5th 

Look at these stats!

"Your electoral college article got 4025 hits (as of now) today, and it got 11256 yesterday!" 

The article has not been front page on either site since it was first posted so for +10 thousand combined views to have happened recently in the last two and half months means that people are searching for the article. Perhaps and possibly more likely, they search for an Electoral College map pertaining to the current Obama vs Romney campaign, and upon seeing the link to the post are clicking on it.

This raises the question as to why that is happening. Does it mean that people are interested in "what might have been" and, given the election is soon upon, want a comparison to the current Electoral College maps which are showing President Obama with a substantial lead? Are Republicans looking towards 2016 should Romney lose and judging whether Palin would be better placed to win under those circumstances?

The fact that there is such interest in the possibility of a Palin campaign-when she is not running now-shows, indisputably,  that there is huge interest in the possibility of a future run to the degree that people wish to see exactly how a Palin run could bring victory. The map, in my opinion, shows a more than viable path to an election win for Palin.

Here is the original post from December 2010

The final 2012 Census Bureau Electoral College adjustments are now in and we can take a preview snapshot of what the most likely result will be for Sarah Palin. 

With the population shifts and a net Republican states gain of 6 electoral votes over the 2008 allocation Palin would assume the presidency with an eleven electoral vote margin.
There is room therefore to lose Colorado or Iowa and still win comfortably.