Petros provides a recap of the progress of isaacbrocksociety.com since its official launch on December 12, 2011. (Warning to readers: What follows resembles a high school pep talk!)
Between midnight and 7:30 this morning, isaacbrocksociety.com surpassed 15,000 views according to WordPress metrics. The official launch of isaacbrocksociety.com was December 12, 2011. Our initial idea was to put together a forum and a resource site that would help us as a group to deal with our common problem: the financial attack of the United States government on its expat community throughout the world. Our initial focus was Canada and so we chose a Canadian hero to give a name to the site, for US persons in Canada are the most affected by these issues we are the least able to ignore the problems caused by our behemoth neighbour to the South. With the addition of Victoria in France and geeeez in Brazil, as well as the multiple contributions of Just Me in New Zealand, we are truly a global site, and that was our original intention.
I am not ready to proclaim isaacbrocksociety.com a success, but I am pleased with our progress. It takes a long time to build up a reputation as a blogger. My own site gets an average of 100 hits per day, and that’s after two years. Our numbers at isaacbrocksociety.com really show the synergistic benefit of group work. Since our December 12 launch, we’ve had an average of over 550 views per day (by WordPress reckoning which isn’t supposed to count our own hits–i.e., it doesn’t count hits from blog members when they are logged in). Moreover, we’ve averaged 1050 hits per day over the last 5 days.
Our top post was the Santa Claus arrest, with 574 views at isaacbrocksociety.com (plus who knows how many thousands of views at Daniel Mitchell’s blog and Townhall.com). Mitchell picked up the story because Just Me sent it to him. He has suggested he could post more stories like it, and I hope he means important stories about our issues and not just gag posts that make you first laugh, then think and weep.
But I am not satisfied with this. I think we can accomplish great things working together. I would hope to break out of our enclave and to establish a real political presence. We’ve been doing some cutting edge research and thanks to the help of Just Me, Calgary and others, I think we are also one of the best compilers of breaking news stories.
The idea of isaacbrocksociety.com is simple: put together concerned individuals, some bloggers and perhaps some experts, at a single meeting ground devoted to our issues and run by us (in distinction to other forums run by their own commercial interests). Four of us had our own blogs before contributing here: renounceuscitizenship, expatinca, Victoria, and myself. The MVP award for promoting the isaacbrocksociety.com goes to Just Me, who managed to get us cited by Daniel Mitchel and to promote our cause with James Fallows, with the result that Fallows cited two of us in his second FATCA article (Ladyhawk and me).
I think we should make our goal 10,000 views per day by the end of the first quarter of 2012. If we continue promoting the blog and writing quality articles, we will become the go-to site for this issue. We will be helping thousands of people to sort through their problems with information, peer-to-peer advice and comfort. Furthermore, we will be able to put pressure at the governmental level (esp. Canada and the United States). How do we do it? Here are three suggestions for promoting the blog:
(1) Put links in the comment streams of mainstream press articles.
(2) Promote the website by send links to friends, family, politicians, authors, lawyers, bank managers and accountants who have been concerned with the issue. Invite them to subscribe via e-mail.
(3) Tell everyone you know about what we are doing. Don’t be bashful.
I want to thank everyone for your contributions–including all commenters. Let’s continue to make an impact until Congress changes the laws or a presidential pardon makes them irrelevant. Cheers, Peter W. Dunn