A little over four years ago, I decided to run for President in the 2008 campaign. I headed up to New Hampshire to campaign mainly because the primary was already over and I didn’t have to worry about any of the other candidates stealing my thunder. I was alone in my hotel room on Valentine’s Day 2008 after a long day of campaigning. After watching the local news, I realized that my campaign wasn’t making any traction. I pulled out my laptop and decided to blog about my campaign. ”Alone in New Hampshire” was my first entry, four years ago today. It was a very short entry, mostly with a rough video I had made and uploaded to YouTube.
The first month was rough. There were days when nobody visited my website. I kept blogging anyway, thinking that someday I would write something that people would be looking for. My first break came when I had to cancel a portion of my campaign trip because my sea monkey passed away. Apparently, I am not the only person who had to deal with the sudden loss of a pet. I was suddenly getting 10-20 hits a day.
My next break came soon after the 2008 election. Many people were disappointed with the results and wanted to see who the prospective candidates were going to be for 2012. I had announced my intention to run in 2012 the day after the 2008 election. I wasn’t about to spend any money on my campaign like I did in 2008. (The $.60 I spent on copying posters proved to be futile.) People looked for 2012 candidates on search engines and my blog was one of the first to pop up on many sites.
My biggest break came from Billy Mays. He brought an additional 20 hits to my blog every day until his death. In the days following his death, when people were searching Billy Mays material on the web, the average shot up to over 500 hits per day.
These numbers might not be impressive to many people (and they’re not to me), but I have learned that a large portion of that is because this is a politics blog and people don’t really like politics and will only go to a political blog when they want information (usually after people find out they’ve been screwed yet again.)
What I have learned is to expand my base. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube channel, a BlogTalk Radio show, a Ustream show, A Facebook and Twitter profile and also a fan page on Facebook. Though I have expanded by leaps and bounds, this blog continues to be the backbone of my campaign and will continue to be until next January when I begin blogging from whitehouse.gov.
February 14, 2012 - Posted by Ahmnodt Heare | Ahmnodt, blogtalk radio, campaign, commentary, humor, politics, satire, Social Networking | 2008 Elections, anniversary, Billy Mays, blogging, loss of a pet, New Hampshire, sea monkey, Valentine's Day, whitehouse.gov
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