Poll Topper

This week, this blog quietly marked it’s first anniversary. The first post here appeared on 27 May last year, two hundred words on an item covering the wearing of the hijab, religious freedom and tolerance.

I have no idea how many hits that post garnered, I didn’t bother tracking hits to the blog until a couple of months ago, when I added a wordpress plugin to collect some basic statistics.

Typically, depending on whether a post is topical enough to attract google hits, whether I’ve been commenting on other blogs leading to clickthroughs from there, I get between fifty and one hundred hits a day. The busiest day this blog ever had was the day I appeared on RTÉ’s Drivetime programme promoting Chaos and Conspiracy, when hits trebled.

Until yesterday, that is.

Yesterday, I wrote an article about Emma Kiernan, the Fine Gael candidate who attracted some controversy when some facebook photos of her became public knowledge.

I wrote it as a throwaway article, mostly to make a point that even public images are copyrighted, though in this case, not by the photographer, but by Facebook.

Hits on my blog went through the roof.

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.