When I first started blogging I never knew if anyone would actually read the posts apart from my mum and dad. However, looking at my stats after one of my posts got – and still is – a huge amount of traffic, I have found out my blog has passed the 250,000 views mark. In fact at the time of writing this post the blog has had 256,352 views. That is pretty impressive considering my site is not a professional site, and is about my views whilst I carry out the role of a Cornwall Councillor.
As a Councillor trying to explain my role, and get important messages out, I have found blogging is ideal for doing this. Now I know not everyone will agree with what I write, and I would be delusional if I thought they would, however from an engagement point it just shows how far and wide a few hundred words can travel. The posts are not only read via social media, as I have seen my posts appear in both national and local media.
Of course this blog has been the bane to some, but I have never tried to be mean, or personal. All I have tried to do is explain how I feel and get information out and break down the many myths of a local authority and the role of a Councillor. As for Cornwall Council, the authority has come a long way since I started blogging. It has been a bumpy road and I haven’t always agreed with the decision, but this is a democracy. The Council has also much to its credit embraced social media and is seen as leading light compare to other local authorities.
So which posts out of the 1,039 which I have written, have been the most popular? One post, ‘Unauthorised absence during the school term’ has had a staggering 7,031 (and still counting) views. It also has had over 2000 views on Facebook. All these views are organic. Though granted this subject is currently a hot topic both locally and nationally. Here are the top six most views posts on my blog:
- Unauthorised absence during the school term – 7,031 views to date
- Duxford Airshow – Flying Legends and a mid-air collision -3308 views
- Beware Cornwall is being targeted by a professionally run scam – 2214 views
- Davidstow Wind Farm – 2048 views
- Porthleven counts the cost of the storms – 1,878 views
- Porthleven B3304 Update – 1,268
Thanks for reading and putting up with my quirky grammar. Maybe I will make the half-million mark? Who knows eh?