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“Common Sense” celebrates First Anniversary!

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I kicked off “Common Sense” last year with the aim of  share my research, insights and analysis with a wider audience. I was already active in these areas both from my own interest as well as for the Democrats Abroad organization in Spain, where I currently reside. It seemed logical to go online.

My friend Enrique Parrila provided invaluable assistence in recommending WordPress as my online publisher, and The Morning After as a very flexible, low maintenance framework which would allow me to focus on content without sacrificing visual appeal. I think the effect so far has been successful. Enrique shaved weeks of effort off the time required to start publishing and it is no exaggeration to say that without his input, I might very well have been daunted by the task.

I published my first pages on 16 May 2011 (“Home” and “Biography“); my first post on 25 August 2011 (“Supreme Court Activism“). That month I received 27 views.

Since then, I’ve published 85 articles on 16 pages, covering American affairs, events overseas particularly in Europe, and a Mythbusters series. Just today, I’ve received as many views as in all of August 2011. I’ve received 4,809 views overall, which is of course miniscule compared to some websites — but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I hope next year, with your continued support and interest, to be able to state that I received 4,809 views on the day of the site’s second anniversary.

There is still a lot of work to do. I’d love to get some regular guest bloggers to contribute more material and points of view to the website. Send more comments! The site is dedicated to dialogue and debate – so far, it’s been a bit of a monologue. I’m all a-tingle for track backs from other websites; anything to show that more people are visiting and finding the site informative and engaging. And feedback from my readers, always, all the time.

None of this would have been possible without the support and forbearance of my wife and kids. They’ve put up with the long nights as I tried to finish up some research or publish an article; they’ve supported me on trips to Barcelona or Seville to present to my fellow Democrats in Spain.  Thanks Marta, Enrique and Virginia!

And thanks to all of you, readers. I hope you keep coming to visit.

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