Time to take a look at the AC360 blog and at Anderson's 2008 New Year's Resolution. First, one of the reasons that I started looking at the AC360 blog statistics was because I thought that the blog was being neglected and wasn't being used to its full potential. In late 2007, this started to change and we consistently saw improvements to the blog over the past year. In 2007, there were 645 posts and the most blog posts we saw in a single day were 19 posts (December 11, 2007). In 2008, there were 3,810 blog posts and the day with the most posts was Election Day- November 4, 2008 with 41 blog posts.
The second reason for taking a closer look at who was posting to the blog came from Anderson when he said that his 2008 New Year's Resolution was to blog more. So, how did he do? Technically, he fulfilled his resolution. In 2007, Anderson was credited for 49 blog posts. In 2008, 51 blog posts.
Here are your top AC360 bloggers for 2008:
|5||Roland S. Martin||63|
Since the blog started in 2006, this is the ranking of the top bloggers.
|12||Roland S. Martin||69|
My prediction- by mid 2009- Anderson will no longer be the top overall blogger on the AC360 blog. Erica Hill averaged 11 posts per month during 2008. Randi Kaye average 6 posts per month. Anderson only averaged 4 posts per month.
In addition to regular blog posts, we saw the introduction of Live Blogging during AC360. Anderson participated in the Live Blog 117 times in 2008; averaging 10 times per month.
Neil Morton over at MyHogTown has a link to an interesting article. The blog An America In Lima is written by Barbara Drake and last week she posted an article about Anderson's hair. Evidently, there are number of people who want Anderson's hair cut. She's posted 10 Facts about Anderson Cooper’s Hair in hopes of providing her readers with some guidance on seeking out an Anderson-like cut.
I was having fun with some new photo editing software the other day and put it to use in creating tonight's puzzle.
One last item, the winners of the Audience Award from the 2008 iReports Film Festival were in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration. The provided us with the above picture and the following account of their trip:
We are the winners of the 2008 iReport Film Festival (Franco Carapellotti(In front of Anderson) and Zach Hawrot (In front of Soledad), and as part of our award we got to travel to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration. Luckily enough while we were there we got to meet the likes of Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer, Soledad O'Brien, and Campbell Brown. Everyone was really great, and treated us like they had know us for years. We were lucky enough to snap this attached photo with them also, and the thing that stuck out to us was that they had done all this and taken the time to talk to us, all while in the middle of their coverage. Don Lemon is the man though, he is the one that had us come over, and introduced us to everyone
If you'd like to take a look at their award winning iReport, the CNN Press Release announcing the winners provides a description of the short film and a link to the iReport.
CNN also presented an “Audience Award” to “The Electoral College: Barack Obama and John McCain College Roommates” based on votes cast by iReport.com users. Submitted by Franco Carapellotti and Zach Hawrot, this short film takes a comedic look at the trails and tribulations of what would happen if Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama were assigned to the same dorm room in college. This short film can be found at http://www.iReport.com/docs/DOC-114339.
As part of their awards, the filmmakers will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., during the presidential inauguration and a high-definition video camera.
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