It is vacation time, and even The Tattler needs to take one once in a while. They say it is a rejuvenating experience. I don't know about that, but I am willing to give it a try. My experience has always been that it leads to things like yard work and house painting, but I guess we'll see.
There is plenty here if you're looking to read something, however. 810 individual posts and over 40,000 or so reader comments. And this blog is getting a little time under its belt as well. You can always go way back to 2008 if you're interested in reading some ancient history.
This is probably as good a time as any for an update of the Sierra Madre Blog Stock Market Report. There have been a few minor changes, and we need to post those. Just in case you're looking to invest in the slowest growing industry in town. Outside of real estate development, of course.
Here are Sierra Madre's Top 10 rated news and public affairs blogs, as sorted by their overall dollar value. As tabulated by bizinfo.com.
#1) Sierra Madre Tattler.blogspot.com - Total value $23,401.76. U.S. rank 196,992. 90% increase in both daily visitors and page views over this period. Even Sandi Levin reads it.
#2) City Of Sierra Madre.com - Total value $17,765.58. United States rank 224,163. So far the format change and "lite" approach to this city's affairs has not boosted its audience much. Suggestions that they begin running a "Sierra Madre Singles" dating service have fallen on deaf ears.
#3) Sierramadrenews.net - Bulldog Bill's site is holding at $10,490.29. United States rank is 339,713. Still not attracting any reader comments to speak of, which is never a good sign. Maybe if Bill told people that the News.net is a "gourmet blog" more people would stop on by and set a spell. And there is always the possibility that those who agree with his hard line establishment perspective on city and regional affairs don't like reading and writing very much.
#4) Sierra Madre Chamber Of Commerce.com - Value $7,449.67. Like most everything else they have touched lately, this site has not been a horn of plenty. No U.S. rank.
#5) Sierra Madre Weekly.com - Total value $6,883.94. You'd think that the editor's embarrassing run-in with Santa Anita Racetrack would have stepped up traffic over there. People do slow down for car wrecks, and there has been no bigger one this year than the Sierra Madre Weekly. Maybe Terry Miller should publish more photos from his legendary collection of firemen cheesecake photos.
#6) Joe Mosca.com - Value $1,385.05. With his widely rumored Assembly run just weeks from a possible big announcement, this one could vault up the charts soon. Just about as content-free and vacuous as its subject. Obviously the site's editor is convinced he is writing for the easily impressed. And he's quite right about that.
#7) Sierra Madre Patch - Value $1,155.70. Not much improvement here. If this is an indication of what Aol is betting the farm on, then I do not see how they can survive for much longer. With $150,000,000 spent on its 800 or so Patch sites nationwide this year alone, Sierra Madre's version is a good indication that the end is obviously near.
#8) Sierra Madre Rotary Club.com - Value $1,072.98. They rarely update this thing, which is as good an explanation as any of why this one has come in as low on the chart as it has.
#9) Sierra Madre Womans Club.com - Value $1,060.22. Things are slow there lately. Would you like a croissant?
#10) Mountain Views News.com - Value $1,024.58. Yet another indication that nobody reads the Looney Views News anymore. Years of not telling the truth about the affairs of Sierra Madre has damaged this publication's reputation severely. Maybe if the paper's publisher went back to printing her wild rants things might improve. Since she stopped doing that all the laughter has left the Looney.
Check this out!
HRTV's promo spot for their upcoming television special on John Shear.
Where are all those Green Jobs, Mayor Buchanan?
The "Green Jobs" canard has been taking it on the chin lately. Mostly because after years of pumping taxpayer dollars into the concept, nothing much has happened. In an editorial published in the Orange County Register, the following was revealed:
The New York Times rubbed salt in the wound when it reported in July that the nonpartisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for only 2 percent of jobs nationwide. "Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show," according to a Times article ...
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I'll see you in September. Comments will remain open, and I will be moderating them as always.