We have some major blog news to report. Earlier this week we reported Charleston Thug Life had reached four million hits since the blog was started on 31 March, 2012. It turns out we made an egregious error in that report. The technical team sent us a report today and chided us for not understanding what we were looking at when reviewing the site stats.
When we moved the site from Blogger to the new servers we had 3,858,081 hits. In the twelve days since the site relocation the site has seen a total of 1,222,414 hits as of 4 p.m. today. 1.2 million hits in twelve days! This brings our total hits since 31 March, 2012 to 5,080,495. Five million hits and still going strong! You did that!!
We thought you might be interested in that little bit of blog news. We certainly were. We had hoped for greater visibility with the site changes and we definitely got more than we bargained for. We would still like to grow the site by including more stories from around the state and, eventually, throughout the Southeast, by inviting other teams to join the cause and report on crime in their areas. Before we can do that, we are going to need some help.
Unfortunately, this kind of popularity brings on another entire set of challenges. Servers capable of handling the volume of visitors and the accompanying bandwidth requirements we have seen in the past twelve days are not free. You may have experienced slow load times or access errors in the past few days. The amount of traffic to the site is the main reason for that. So, twelve days after the new site went live we find we have to migrate the entire site to a new provider.
For two years we have donated a large portion of our free time to keep the residents of the Lowcountry and the state better informed. We all decided to pony up some cash so we could make the improvements the site deserved. In response, some of you have clicked the “donate” button on the site and contributed what you could. We really do appreciate that. Unfortunately, breaking even by relying on donations is ultimately a losing proposition.
As a result, we are actively seeking businesses looking for a cost effective way to advertise. Who would advertise on a law and order blog popular with citizens, police and the criminal element? Just off the top of our heads we came up with lawyers, gun shops, self-defense instructors, CWP instructors, bail bonds companies, custom body shops, companies that sell belts, or any business that values the exposure which comes with advertising on a site that can generate 1.2 million hits in twelve days.
If you are a business owner who would like to advertise, please head to the “Contact” page and let’s get things rolling.
Our technical folks are working on the Android and Apple apps so many of you have asked for. As soon as they are ready, and as soon as we can generate the necessary funds to get them in the various app stores, they will be available at minimal cost. We also have plans to offer a code for a free download to anyone who donates/has donated to the cause.
As always, we appreciate your support of the blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit and thank you for sharing our stories. We will keep at it as long as we can.