Just a quick note thanking you all for continuing to read our work at the Montana Post. The past year has been one of dramatic change at the site, from a fallow period after the ’16 elections to a dramatic rebranding of the site, but what has remained constant is the growth in readership and all of us are appreciative that you’re willing to take a little time during your day to read, think, and even argue over our posts.
It’s been quite gratifying to see our readership continue to grow over the past couple of years. While the 2012 chart probably isn’t correct (as I switched to the WordPress statistics for the site mid-year, a look at the past six years shows that more of you keep coming to visit us every year and we’re on pace to have triple the number of views and visitors we had in 2013, the first year I kept track the whole year.
That increased traffic has come with a few costs, though. The old server we’ve been using since almost the first days of the site just couldn’t handle the load and we have been experiencing more frequent crashes lately. Last night, I migrated the site to a more robust server that has four times the memory and a lot more storage, both of which should make the site more reliable and less prone to crashes at the worst possible times. While I monitor the server’s status when I can, please let me know if you have any issues in the next few days as I check over the migration.
With the new server comes some renewed ambition at the site. While we will continue to do what we do best, writing about Montana political stories that don’t get enough attention and critiquing some that do, we’d love to expand our reach over the next few years to include more coverage of local races and issues that simply don’t receive the attention they once did because of the contraction of the media.
If any of you are interested in writing about these issues, whether that means a single post, a series of guest posts, or something larger, drop me a note. We’d love to hear both more voices and more diverse set of voices and to be able to share our platform with them.
And if you have a great story but not the time to write it yourself, you can always drop us a tip and one of us will see what we can do with it. Don’t forget, too, that you can subscribe to our site (box on the right) to get our post delivered to your inbox right after they’re posted.
Progressives in Montana have taken some serious hits since November 2016, but the next year represents an opportunity to get back on our collective feet and turn things around. We’ve got a Senator to re-elect, a thuggish Congressman to remove from office, and a Legislature to start turning back into being the representatives of the people of Montana.