Was the RNC bloggers’ traffic “light”?

Investor’s Business Daily misses half the story:

GOP blog readership is light
The 16 bloggers accredited to cover the GOP’s convention generated little readership during the week.
The New York Daily News characterized them as “unfamiliar men … bent over laptops [who] tapped out their own takes on the Republican National Convention.”
Traffic to their blogs was barely noticeable. Hitwise, an online measurement company, said the interest was miniscule. “This is not to say they aren’t important or influential. We’re simply saying the masses aren’t visiting them,” a spokesman said.
During the first three days of the convention, RNC blogs received less than 0.22 percent of Web traffic. On average, Blog.johnkerry.com receives nine times more visits that Blogsforbush.com, Hitwise added.

“Little readership”? Compared to what? Give us the numbers, please.
And what about growth in visitors? What about projected audience size? A tree is bigger than a seedling, but it’s worth asking if the former is a dwarf spruce and the latter is an oak. How much did the traffic on each of these sites increase this week?

Answer those questions first, and then you can talk to me about whether interest in blogs is “miniscule.”

UPDATE: Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but these sure look like spikes at RNC Bloggers (a new site, admittedly) and Slant Point. I’ll add more info as I dig it up.
UPDATE 2: I’ve discovered traffic spikes on Hugh Hewitt’s blog, as well as on Wizbang (boy is that a spike!) and Captain’s Quarters.
UPDATE 3: How about Red State? Yup … spike.

How to embarrass the TV networks

I keep hearing rumblings about the major TV networks deciding not to cover the Republican National Convention tonight. It’s opening night, for goodness’ sake. If this is true, it really puts the networks’ bias on display (especially after they refused to cover the SwiftVets controversy for days). If I were running the RNC, I’d be thinking of ways to turn the situation to the GOP’s advantage by embarrassing the networks.
So how do you embarrass a news network that’s ignoring you? Break a big story. Any story. Just make sure it’s something so big that they’ll be forced to cover it, and watch the networks scramble (cursing all the while) to get their reporters on the scene.

Whistling past the graveyard?

A journalism professor from Harvard’s Kennedy School wrote an editorial yesterday in the factually-challenged L.A. Times. The piece makes some accurate observations on the different roles of mainstream media vs. blogs, but also takes potshots at the typical blogger as a “blustering know-it-all in a bar.”
We’ll see.