Sunday, September 04, 2005


By Stockton & Tweed

How many of you scratch your head in wonder, trying to figure out why you only get 30, 40, 50 hits a day on your political blog?

Don't people realize that your insight and analysis on the political world are pearls beyond wisdom? Don't they see your brilliance? They should be waiting in line to read your prose.

So, how can you up your hits to 100, 200, 300 and yes, 400+ hits a day without changing your diet or exercising.

The answer is relatively simple. It's probably been staring you in the face the entire time you've been blogging.

In the Spring of 2004 two intrepid adventurers set of into the blogosphere with nothing more than the clothes on their back, some beef jerky and a carton of Lucky Strikes. Their intent? To do nothing more than make each other laugh. Thus, Lickin' Bush in '04 was born.

For a few weeks, we did nothing but post. Then, little by little, we got a hit. Then a hit a day, then 2, 3 and we clapped for joy when we reached double-digits. Imagine, ten hits a day. Then, links. A few poor, misguided souls actually linked to us. The rest is history, or so we thought.

At the height of the election season, Lickin' Bush received 40 to 50 hits a day. We were pleased. We were more pleased by the odd piece of hate mail we received from our good Christian/Republican brethren.

After the election we did some post-election wrap-up and called it quits, announcing our new venture, Bad Vernacular.

Now, 9 months after closing down Lickin' Bush in '04, that blog averages more than 450+ hits a day. That's right, 450+ hits.

So, lets sum up the ingredients for a successful political blog:

1) Have a partner and make sure your sole desire is to make each other laugh;
2) Choose a name that can readily be misinterpreted as a pornographic site*;
3) Have your candidate lose;
4) Stop writing.

Follow those four steps and you'll be well on your way to blog success.

* We surmise that approximately 449 of the 450 hits we receive each day come from people searching for Licking Bush, leaving out the "in '04" part of the title.

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