Saturday, June 17, 2006

Poll Removed

I took the political party poll down. I forgot just what day I put it up but I figure it's been at least a week and that should give a good sample of just what kind of folks visit this blog. Here's the final count:

15 Republicans, 21 Democrats, 13 Greens, 7(!) Libertarians, 1 Constitution, 5 Decline To State.

Nice mix there. The number of registered Libertarians is surprising. Then again, that doesn't mean they're all Humboldt Libertarians, either.

Actually, no way to tell where any of them are from and no way to tell how many of those that took the poll visit here regularly or just stumbled in here somehow while surfing other blogs.

62 people took the poll but I'm sure some were people who just stumbled in here. I've always wondered just how many people actually come here every day or so?

If anyone has any suggestions for a new poll, feel free to make them.


At 2:45 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

If you go to my blog and into the links column you'll find a counter for "visits" and another one for hits, both of which you can access the services as a link. Both of them are free, but the visits counter (I forget how "visit" is defined, but it involves more than just a brief page view) allows you to track not only the number but you can access the list to see where they're coming from. Doesn't tell you who is on, and even the geography can be misleading because some of the internet services used by Humboldt County residents are based in the Bay Area or Sacramento.

It also tells you which link they used to get there - from which I learned that there were a couple of blogs linking me that I had never heard of (due to my country music post). If it says "unknown" it's most likely somebody who has you bookmarked.

And you can access a graph that tracks the number of visits and hits in a given day, week, month, year.

I imagine some of the other counter services may even offer more specific information - probably more useful for commercial sites.

I was also amazed to see how many people actually bother to use the "next blog" function which I think moves you randomly to another blog.

And it lets you know not only when you get a hit from a search engine like google, but even the words they used for their search.

I don't know how helpful all the information is, but it's kind of fun to review.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I "voted" in that poll 3 times. Hah!

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Fred said...

See; Those lefties are cheating.

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as usual.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed whether most of your bloggers are during the week? Not on weekends? Are they blogging at work?

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

Fred,And All....

What is the difference between a LIBeral and a LIBertarian ?

While the question may seem simplistic on the surface, (as I am) I think the answers will help people(voters) make an intelligent decision at the polls....

Right now,I keep hearing that "LP'ers" are for open borders and no drug laws....

Not much to go on......


At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you think I am a lefty?

Yours truly,
-Poll Cheater

At 5:34 AM, Blogger Fred said...

"What is the difference between a LIBeral and a LIBertarian?".

Well, not to confuse the issue, but there's probably two types of liberals: The old style "classic liberal" and the newer version of today.

The liberal of the old days, circa the 60s, was more of the libertarian type: The old "do whatever you want, so long as you don't hurt anybody..." type of guy.

That was the old "classic liberal" which is pretty much along the lines of libertarians who believe in maximal personal and economic liberty and that society can improve itself by voluntary cooperation amongst individuals. Government interference in individual interactions should be minimul.

The liberal of today, aka the "Progressive", seems to believe in much less personal and economic freedom and that government, or a 51% vote of the people, is necessary to keep society together and individual freedom and rights are subordinate to collectivist and bureaucratic authority.

That's just my definition. Sure, some might point out that some progressives think pot should be legal, but I've always felt that's just a bone being thrown out to those on the Left to appease them for their support.

Since modern progressives/ liberals tend to favor heavy government control of what we eat, drink and smoke, allowing people to smoke anything, especially a mind altering substance, is contrary to the progressive's general view of the supposed relationship of the government vs. the individual.

Again; Just my opinion.

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Fred. The Progressives are anything but liberal.

One of the best definitions - and delineations of the two I have seen.


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