Blog (n.): an online journal written by publicity-hungry politicians and self-opinionated journalist manqués, commenting on current political affairs with scant regard to fact or fairness, and accountable to nobody save their small band of obsessive readers.
Blog (n.): an online journal written and/or read by anyone in the democratic world, providing them with a platform to address issues of concern to them, and which is transforming the relationship between modern citizens and the traditional governing and media elites.
And Stephen's concluding version...
Blog (n.): my space to write about whatever’s delighted or annoyed me that day, forcing me to arrange half-formed thoughts into something semi-coherent for public consumption, keeping my thinking fresh and up-to-the-mark.
I think that the third is also the nearest definition that I would favour too. What about the rest of you?
Another point that he raises in the article is that of statistics.
Bloggers tend to be a bit squeamish about ‘fessing up to exactly how many people read them.
Yes, although I am not sure squeamish is the best way of describing it; I think that highlighting how much traffic one gets is considered a little vulgar; a bit like bragging about your prowess between the sheets. Never mind, I'm going to do it anyway.
It was a good month for The Kitchen, with Statcounter recording 41,294 Page Loads and 31,646 Unique Visitors.
Sitemeter recorded 42,247 Page Loads and 28,396 Unique Visitors.
Obviously, Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st were unusually good days, accounting for an extra 4,000 hits or so in total, not only because of the Telegraph article (and Melanie Phillips) linking to the Holocaust denial story, but also because The Inquirer picked up my post about the Beeb's DRM.
Your humble Devil is, as always, grateful for the patronage of his loyal readers and hopes to continue entertaining them for a while. I also hope that the blog revamp might encourage more people to visit once the site doesn't take 10 million years to load...