2017 was a pretty good year for DaTechGuyblog in terms of Traffic (Up over 10%) Unique viewers (Up 20%) Tip Jar (up 30% though still not making our goal) but as always reporting and bloggering are like recording a record album. You don’t quite know what points are going to be hits.

So since there was too much use to put this up last week, here are the top five post of 2017

#5 Who it’s really all about Feb 17th 2017 by RH

This was without a question the saddest post we’ve ever run. It was a follow up post by RH the Navy 36 Grade Bureaucrat asking for prayers for his daughter Rebecca as she went into and prepared to recover from heart surgery. Things had seemed to go well until

Everyone was in shock. We had the best team of pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists, NICU and PICU nurses that you could assemble in America. Rebecca had been recovering. Her echocardiograms had all been good. The pacing wires had been firing. Everything should have worked. It was like the A Team of cardiology teams was on her side. They simply don’t lose people, certainly not kids like Rebecca. But as the head surgeon later told us, “One minute she was fine, the next she was in arrest and would not come back.”

however even in grief that I can’t imagine he discovered hope

I realized that I made a mistake. I focused on Rebecca’s pain. I watched her cry when she was stuck with needles. I watched her struggle to finish a bottle because her heart wasn’t strong enough to breast feed. It made me sad, but what I didn’t realize was that she was changing everyone around her. My focus on her pain blinded me to how she was an instrument to change those around her.

Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.

She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.

It’s post like this that remind you how empty some of our arguments and complaints are

#4 8 years later the NYT is still looking for Instapundit readers. Jan 3rd 2017 (DaTechGuy)

I’ve always been a fan or Irony and I found this story of the NYT running top page banner ads for subscribers at Instapundit rather telling:

Now in one respect seeing a NYT ad at Instapundit is no surprise, after all despite Glenn’s regular critiques of the Times they’ve been advertising at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, furthermore while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water) his numbers are large enough that it’s a logical place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak volumes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is running banner ads at the top of Instapundit offering their product for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of finding some of Glenn’s readers willing to give them a shot?

This post was prophetic given that the NYT and the left would spend the year producing fake news on Trump while Glenn & company play it straight on truth. It also resulted in the first Instalanche of the year on the 11th day of Christmas which got 2017 off to a pretty good start.

#3 It’s a Trump Trap and the NFL, NBA and Dems Walked Right In Sept 24th 2017 (DTG)

This was and remains one of my favorite posts of the year as it perfectly illustrates how President Donald Trump plays his foes like fools.

this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of getting any single part of their fragile coalition together to risk keeping silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of primaries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tactics of the left against them and playing by the same rules that they normally do

Before the end of the year every single Democrat running in a red state or a swing district is going to have to answer if they supported the NFL protests (that still where going on in week 16) and figure out if they want to piss off their primary base or the general election people. Trump saw this a mile away, the MSM somehow still doesn’t.

It’s worth noting that is was the most popular post written by me this year.

Roy Moore Allegations#2 Roy Moore, WaPo, and the problem with an untrustworthy press: Nov 9th 2017 JD Rucker

For the first time ever the #2 & #1 posts at DaTechGuy blog were written by someone other than me this one came from JD Rucker at the start of the Roy Moore business:

The left won’t believe RedState or Daily Caller. The right won’t believe Slate or Salon. Both are workable dynamics because there’s no illusion attempted by these publications. They’re biased and proud of it. WaPo perpetuates an illusion if journalistic integrity. By doing so, they have far too much power in wielding the “truth” even if it’s spun in the direction they want.

These reports are so old that there’s very little chance they can be proven. Unfortunately, there’s also very little chance they can be properly refuted. That’s the power of the “unbiased” mainstream media. They can cast shadows of doubt in any direction they choose based upon their bias. They can choose to print allegations about Moore. They can choose to ignore allegations about Barack Obama. When a major media outlet is biased while claiming otherwise, we’re left with deciding which truth to believe.

JD pegged it exactly right at the start, even the lack of actual physical evidence (like the Franken photo), settlements (like Cosby), No investigations (like Conyers) , Confessions (Spurlock) or claims made under oath (Bill Clinton) enough of the Voters of Alabama bought what was being sold by the indignant MSM to cost Moore the election. Oddly enough now that he’s beaten the MSM that was so willing to peg him a predator has decided that the “victims” don’t have to pursue this any further and that no being a US senator is the proper punishment for the behavior they claimed of him.

Yes I’m still pissed about it, but JD saw it coming from day one.

Before we get to #1 here are the honorable mentions #6-10

#6 Waking to a Christmas Layoff the True minimum wage remains at Zero DTG 12-6-17
#7 Opinion Puppeteering — Also, I Told You So by Juliette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 11/4/17
#8 Et Tu Vermont? One Year in Rutland Demonstrates why America Elected Donald Trump DTG 3/10/17
#9 Reminder there have been more attempted Mass Shootings By Bernie Sanders Campaign Volunteers dtg 11/6/17
#10 Peeling the Weaponized DOJ Onion by Juliette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 3/4/17

You’ll notice that of 4 of those top five posts are from Nov/December and four of them were not written by me. The #1 post of the year hits both of those buttons.

And now the #1 post of 2017 is

Continue reading “Your Five Favorite Posts of 2017 at DaTechGuyblog”

I was preparing a long term bleg/budget bill to figure out exactly how much the blog needs to generate to keep me in pixels and in my house for next year when I looked at the bills and saw that with the latest oil bill there simply isn’t the money to pay it and the reserves just aren’t there. Continue reading “Quick Emergency Bleg Update: $230 down $370 to go”

I’d like to thank all of my readers and listeners for the last two months on the blog.

December is traditionally a slow month for bloggers but I was just 35 hits below my January 2010 numbers (the Scott Brown Election coverage).

January 2011 was even better. Last January was my second best month ever with over 30k hits. As of this morning (when this post is being written I am 700 hits shy of doubling those numbers).

None of this is possible without you. Thank you all very much.

You know when you go door to door selling ads for your radio show it’s sometimes hard to explain to a business why they should invest their advertising on you. Lucky for me WordPress has done the work for me today with the following e-mail summary:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 270,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 2592 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 4680 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 11,320 views. The most popular post that day was Boy is the news boring today….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were pajamasmedia.com, theothermccain.com, michellemalkin.com, hotair.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mattie fein, da tech guy, across the universe, datechguy, and sexporn those guys must have been disappointed with what they found here..

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Boy is the news boring today… January 2010
54 comments

2

Morning Joe religious and holiday double standard December 2010
22 comments

3

Free NBA admission for all! May 2010
22 comments

4

First report from the Obama rally today UPDATE Photos, video and Instalanche! UPDATE 3000 supporters bussed in October 2010
28 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

5

Never bet against a hacker October 2010
13 comments

Thus ends the Summary produced by WordPress. Let’s put it another way:

My show premiered in Nov of 2010. From November 1st to today (Jan 3rd 2011) over 50,000 people have been to this website. 1 minute of advertising on my Radio show broadcast with 50,000 watts throughout NE and beyond if purchased for 4 weeks currently costs only $49.50 per week.

And if you are a small blogger 15 seconds over the same period can be had for $18 a week.

The question isn’t why over 83% of my ad time is currently taken, the question is why you don’t have a piece of that other 17%? e-mail us here to change that. Or leave a comment and I’ll contact you with more information (current rates here).

Speaking of which if you are a Massachusetts-based conservative blogger who lives within 45 minutes of Worcester Massachusetts we need to talk, really soon.

I’ve been so busy with my show I missed my two-year Blog anniversary on Nov 29th, but I was wide awake today when the Blog crossed the 300,000 hit plateau. Of the 300,192 hits as of about 6:30 a.m. 244,845 have come since January 1st of this year.

Thanks to every single one of you who have gotten me to this point. Those hits led to the radio show and the ads I have been able to sell. So every one of you are the reason why my mortgage is paid.

I won’t forget it.

The more people on the left who feel the need to counter me, the more likely I’m being effective.

I am very proud to be compared to Jim Hoff who I’ve met and interviewed and is a fine Catholic Gentleman.

I look forward to the other side continuing to spend time attempting to counter me. I trust my readers to cut through the noise and see what is there.

One of the things religion gives you is the concept that reality exists, and no amount of smoke is going to change it.

Today I have reached 100,000 hits for the year thus far.

That is nearly double my total hits for all of 2009. It’s not quite Stacy McCain’s 1,000,000 hits a year but we are certainly heading in that direction.

I want to thank all of you who have stopped by this year so far. I’ll do my best to keep it worth your time.

Maybe it’s just me, but if you are looking for publicity for a candidate or a cause, doesn’t this make the whole: “Have Fedora will Travel” bit a pretty good investment?

Today I have several meetings and events here in GA to hit put an evening with friends, I hope to schedule a few posts in between and get the data loaded.

I see the advantage of Smitty the co-blogger very much these days.

It is a very hard balance on location because you have to balance the getting of data with its presentation.