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ONE MILLION! – ArmchairMayor.ca website approaches a big milestone

Kamloops has a great history. ArmchairMayor is building a history of its own. (Kamloops Museum and Archives photo)

ONE MILLION is such a nice, round number.

As of today, ArmchairMayor.ca has attracted more than 955,000 views since its inception in 2008. It won’t be long before we hit the one million mark.

The site is currently getting about 34,000 views per month, which isn’t bad for a humble little independent forum on the greater Kamloops community. Our biggest-ever day was 13,151 views, which is quite amazing, and we’ve had more than 4,500 comments.

Back in December, I wrote that I was pondering the future of ArmchairMayor.ca. Frankly, I was seriously thinking of shutting it down and closing myself in my office to write a book or maybe get the house finished.

But I still have this somewhat romantic notion of a site that focuses on being a soapbox on Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola, and on things going on elsewhere in the world of importance to us here at home.

So I’m going to keep it going. Being that I don’t make my living doing this, ArmchairMayor.ca has the advantage of not having to worry about offending advertisers or special interests. In other words, we can say what we want on this site, within the limits of legality and good taste. As the saying goes, we aren’t for sale.

In recent weeks, I’ve been expanding the content as the site reshapes itself, and the corresponding growth in traffic is encouraging, and seems to reaffirm that ArmchairMayor.ca has a place in the broadly served Kamloops media market. Our partnership with CFJC Today is working well, giving our writers broader exposure than they could get on this website alone.

I don’t have any illusions about being a big player in the local media scene. The site is not mainstream, yet it’s more than a blog. Sort of a hybrid, a little different from what’s become commonly known as citizen journalism. And I think there’s value in that.

But there’s a caveat, and you knew it was coming. It will cost about $500 a month to continue, which is a pretty tightly run ship as media outlets go. I’m venturing into AdWords, which is the advertising program operated by WordPress. It will help somewhat, but my understanding is it actually generates very little revenue.

So I’ve re-posted the PayPal button and it is working properly now, and I invite you to consider supporting the costs of this website from time to time, which include maintaining the domain, hosting, insurance, office supplies, and paying WordPress costs. That doesn’t count my time and that of our local contributors, the numbers of which are growing.

Though they don’t expect it, should revenues at some point exceed the other basic costs, my intention would be to show some appreciation to them and thereby help local writers get experience.

We shall see. Over the next couple of weeks, there may be some slowing down as I work on a relaunch with a new design that will be better suited to the purpose. After that, my target will be about a half dozen good think pieces a day, plus being a venue to some of our community groups to publicize their events and projects.

In the meantime, sincere thanks for your support thus far in following and reading, and providing your comments and input. Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating 10 years, and that’s something I look forward to.

— Mel Rothenburger

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About Mel Rothenburger (4923 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

4 Comments on ONE MILLION! – ArmchairMayor.ca website approaches a big milestone

  1. Congratulations Mel. The Armchairmayor is a place I frequent often. I can only hope that it continues to thrive under your guidance. Cheers.

  2. Richard Carlson // March 11, 2017 at 10:42 AM // Reply

    The Arm Chair Mayor provides a vital service to the community, I will put my money where my mouth is ASAP.

  3. I wish you luck Mel. This is a great page, and on my list of sites to visit each day. There is a dearth of unbiased ” news ” reporting out there, and you fill a big void, along with Harvey Oberfeld, Laila Yuille, Norm Farrell, and others. may this site live long and prosper ( couldn’t resist ), and I hope that you have a successor in the wings should something untoward happen to you.

    • -Ha, ha, ha Grouchy 1: They don’t need a replacement for Mel, because as of right now they’re [we all know who _they_ are]…are cloning an exact replicate of him, as to when he was much younger driving around in the back hills with his other buddies -like all of us good ol’ boys did- with a beer in one hand and keeping the eyes peeled for wildlife and something to have a good laugh about with the guys. Those frothy years…!

      His brain will be contemporary -rightly so- and his body will be so new it’ll make stem cell research look pale in form to then consider keeping the paper open for no less than a thousand years or so with a few more of him to keep the currency of thought afresh.

      It’s all hidden in his statement that says, “Over the next couple of weeks, there may be some slowing down as I work on a relaunch with a new design that will be better suited to the purpose. ” The relaunch of the new design is code for ‘replicate offici-mundo’ of himself that will be better suited to generations of future plausible journalism.

      -Untoward happening to Mel? Not unless Fotheringham (the third: there have been two of him so far…! Alan Fotheringham) gets wind of it, then Mel will have to act fast and send his ongoing ‘think piece module here’ through a hyperspace portal…Dimensionally we’ll all be following him ! (That’s hidden herein above in the Head Title, when it says, “Website Approaches A Big Milestone.” -Milestone being the portal entrance…and all.)
      -Right Mel…? !

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