Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked Google for an indication of my web presence, i.e., the number of sites that pop up when you enter “John Palcewski” into that search engine. For the past couple of years I've been in the 800 to 900 range.
As you can see, I’m at an astonishing 12,400.
To find out why, I checked the tracker on my biography site. Usually I get two, three hits a day. But this morning I see that I’ve been visited by 300 people, and the number is slowly climbing as we speak.
What accounts for this? Well, lately I’ve been posting comments on various Liberal political blogs, venting my spleen about how America is going to hell in a handbasket. The other day on Brad DeLong’s site I pointed out the glaring discrepancy between a New York Times account of President Bush’s meeting with a bunch of former secretaries of state and defense, and that of the Washington Post.
The Post’s Bush-loving Jim VandeHei gave his readers the distinct impression that the president actually was reaching out and soliciting contrary viewpoints. But the Times article by David Sanger revealed that the president spent 40 minutes of the hour-long meeting on an extraordinarily upbeat assessment of the situation in Iraq, and then gave the assembled secretaries from “5 to 10 minutes” to respond. That’s roughly about a minute apiece. (We ignore Colin Powell, Bush’s former Secretary of State, because he inexplicably remained silent throughout the whole thing.)
Anyway, my post caught the attention of a Salon.com editor and he not only gave me a credit, but linked my bio page.