The opinions and ideas expressed at thomascwaters.com, are strictly those of the author, Thomas C Waters, and do not reflect any organization, business, effort, or entity with which the author may be associated.
I had been blogging and posting on a “.mac” site for quite while, but in November 2008, I decided to see what it was like on the WordPress side of things, and so I began this blog. Initially, I expected to use “thomascwaters.com” as a training tool, to learn how to use WordPress, and devote my attention to a podcast and blog called, A Queer Look at the Bible. But the November election of Obama, and the passage of Prop 8 in California changed that. I began blogging heavily here on thomascwaters.com, and have been ever since.
2012 was a banner year for my blog. While I have posted less, readership is up by large percentages. These stats are for 2012, and define how my blog is functioning:
- 73,484 pageviews; increase of 172% over 2011
- 12,724 unique visitorsincrease of 40% over 2011
- 105 countries
- 41% PA visitors
- 594 cities across PA
The percent of PA readers has dropped by about 9% while the overall numbers are way up which means that new readers are coming in predominately from outside of PA from places like CA, MD, OH, NY, and OR. Within the state, Western PA readership increased about 20%, but there was also huge growth acros PA especially in Wilkes Barre, Johnstown, Philadelphia, and Erie.
In addition, the blog was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Beacons of Equality Award, offered by Righs of Equality, and I finished as the 1st runner up for the award. I’m very thankful foir this recognition and the support of my readers which made it possible.
Totals since the birth of this blog:
- Pageviews: 138,067
- Unique Visitors: 38,948
I also write about social media, iPads, Apps and Educational Technology on these blogs:
Links to most places I can be found across the internet: about.me/tcwaters
Comment moderation on my blog
Generally speaking I believe in full free speech, and have always approved comments made by real people (not spambots) unaltered. However, this is not a public forum, it is my owned and operated space, and therefore, I reserve the right to delete any comment that doesn’t pertain to the subject of the post or otherwise is of questionable value. I also reserve the right to delete any comments where a person has posted anonymously, and/or have used a fake email with the comment. All posts may be moderated, however, generally speaking, if you are a registered user, on Facebook, Google, your message will be posted immediately.
While I love regular readers, I frankly don’t care if you agree or disagree with me, or if you like me or not. I use my blog to share my ideas and know that not everyone will agree, and I’m fine with that. If you comment, please try and refrain from personal attacks, libelous or false accusations, and otherwise hateful rhetoric. You are entitled to your own opinion, but if you want to share it via inflammatory rhetoric, I suggest starting your own blog. Real discourse involves people saying they agree, or disagree, and then explaining why in a way that assists others to understand your position. Real discourse is welcomed and appreciated, and adds to everyone’s understanding of an issue.