Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday dear Clarke Report. Happy Birthday to me.
February 7th marked the one year anniversary of the establishment of this website. Oh, what we have accomplished in that year:
55,273 unique visitors
Over 6000 links from other websites
Nearly 5000 Google searches for me, this website, or one of its articles
And the best has yet to come. I started this website to ease the burden from my daily rantings on my wife’s ears. I thought it would just be me, alone, shouting into cyberspace. To my surprise, this blog quickly caught on, soon becoming one of the most popular and influential blogs in the state. I knew there were people out there who had similar feelings about the sad state of local and state politics, but I had no idea just how many of us there were.
It has been a great joy to operate this website, not only in your listening to what I have to say, but also in your telling me how you feel in the comments section, no matter whether it is positive or negative. this endeavor has opened many doors for me and for that I will be eternally grateful to you, my readers. Because without any of you, I would just be another lone voice peeing into a hurricane force wind.
In the next year, I hope to expand the scope of this site from the usual opinion, news analysis, and rumor-milling into more participatory and investigative content due to the fact that many of you are entrusting me with stories and leads that the area mainstream press will not touch. For example, in the coming days, I will tell you about the possible criminal conduct of a prominent Schuylkill County official. Then later this month, I will be reporting live from Blogger’s Row at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference (the annual meeting of influential conservative politicians, pundits, and thinkers of Pennsylvania). Hopefully, I can give you a first hand accounting of Sen. Arlen Specter’s public depantsing by leaders of his own party.
I will, of course, continue providing election analysis, reporting campaign rumors, and giving you first-hand access to inside the Schuylkill Republican Party.