BFP Article “Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados” Hits #80 On WordPress TOP POSTS List – Out Of Millions Of Posts Online!

Wow!

The Barbados Free Press article Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados was December 21st’s 80th most viewed post on the entire WordPress.com blog system. Considering there were 545,489 WordPress blogs and millions of posts online on December 21, 2006, that’s not too shabby!

Thousands of readers obviously agree that this article by Professor Hans G. Machel has something important to say, so you might want to have a look for the first time, or read it again…

Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados

WordPress.com Top Posts List for December 21, 2006

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18 responses to “BFP Article “Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados” Hits #80 On WordPress TOP POSTS List – Out Of Millions Of Posts Online!

  1. congratulations!

    I wish BFP continued success

  2. BFP

    Thanks, Kirk – but this time the congratulations belong to Professor Machel. For some reason, the hit-o-meter went wild just as soon as we posted his article.

    Hmmmm…. now if we could only get Stephen King to do up a little piece for us!

    I can see it now… a Stephen King mystery set in Barbados… “The Shrinking Island” … where the island gets smaller and smaller every day and the people have to live closer and closer together – until the rules of society start to break down…

    hey… wait a minute…

  3. God Bless David

    You know, it occurs to me more and more when I read these self-congratulatory posts from BFP, blowing their own trumpet on the number of “hits” to the blog, that the reason for some of the hyper-inflammatory headlines becomes crystal clear… I enjoy reading the diversity of opinion on the blog (even some of the more rabidly polarised submissions), but I cringe at the often tritely sensationalistic gimmicks through which BFP seeks to provoke reactions – but clearly WorldPress top-site notoriety is a motivating factor…. am I wrong?

  4. BFP

    Hi GBD

    We “blow our own horn” as you put it for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we are stunned at the success of Barbados Free Press in terms of the number of visitors each day, and also because of how totally independent rating services rank our site and the individual articles.

    For instance, this morning if you Google search “Barbados media”, out of almost seven million returns, Barbados Free Press is hit #8 & #9 – ahead of The Nation News or Barbados Advocate.

    We are a bunch of amateurs who really do work from our kitchen tables and hold “editorial meetings” around a case of beer and a fire on the beach, so you will have to forgive us if we are sometimes overwhelmed, incompetent, have too much pride or exhibit all three traits at once.

    Whatever the success of this blog though, it is due to the absolute failure of the Barbados news media to fulfill its duty in a free and democratic country. That failure over the past decade created us and continues to feed our growth and influence. Bajans are hungry for someone to hold the elites accountable, and while we have our flaws – right now we are just about the only game in town.

    We look forward to the day when the CBC, The Nation News, Barbados Advocate or some other professional media stops acting like a government lapdog and starts to defend our society from elected and appointed thieves in all parties and those who seek to limit our freedoms.

    When that happens, we will gladly shut down.

    We each have our own lives and reasons for participating in BFP. As for me, I work hard at this blog for my country and for my son’s future. Any failures we have are honest ones – which is more than can be said for some.

    Marcus

  5. Jupiter

    I too,wish to congratulate you for your successes and to admonish you to continue to be vigilant and humble in your quest for press freedom.

    I am one of those who was ecstatic to find about this site and to the information it provides.

    One of the reasons,I suggest for this site’s popularity is the high quality of the contributions from a large number of the contributors,and the sense of ‘love of country’ as opposed to michief or maliciousness seen in their posts.

    Like you Marcus all I want is a better run Barbados and a leader who is honest,has integrity and has a wholesome vision for Barbados.

    God’s blessings to you all and to Barbados in general.

  6. Lady Anon

    Way to go, BFP!!!!

    By the way, GBD, doesn’t the Nation Newspaper blow its own horn and let you know how many papers are in circulation on a daily basis?

  7. Get In The Action

    BFP there’s nothing wrong with blowing your own horn. I think you have brought a critical element to the media landscape. Society needs checks and balances, and the media has a duty to keep our elected officials in check. Nothing scares a politician more than investigative journalism and “bad press”. In this regard, our mass media has failed us, and BFP is really one of the few guardians of our right to accountability from our government reps. Keep it up!

  8. Pretty interesting what the right title/tags will do for you.

  9. passin thru

    Jupiter said it all.

    I don’t mind if the freepress brags some as it rubs dirt in the face of the “elites” that Marcus write about.

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  11. Rumplestilskin

    >>BFP said>>”so you will have to forgive us if we are sometimes overwhelmed, incompetent, have too much pride or exhibit all three traits at once”

    Now, thats funny.

  12. Hants

    There is more truth, honesty and sincerity on this blog than in the mainstream media.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the giving us a free forum. It is greatly appreciated by a lot of us.

  13. reality check

    BFP—self love is better than no love at all!!!

    however, you have earned a position of tough honest jounalism that invites informed ( often partisan ) comments on an instant basis

    go ahead and blow your own horn!!!

    at least your pride is based on some regular objective statistics and not govermnet spin founded on complete manipulation and deception

  14. Pogo

    It is no surprise that the article about Greenland was so widely read. This is surely one of the all time great tragedies for our island. It is one thing for our great leaders to get us into more debt than we can handle but at least that might be resolved when and if we see some responsible leadership elected to cure the excesses (hopefully soon or we will all be eating home grown vegetables because we will not be able to afford anything from offshore). But when you wreck the environment the way the Greenland dump will you can’t get it back.

    Is there no hope that someone, somewhere on this island will pay attention to ‘green’ and start an impetus to preserve our beautiful island, its plants and creatures (including people) before we poison all to death?

    So good on you BFP. Please publish these helpful pieces. No one else will. And also publish the news about how many are reading them. It is reassuring to know that there is an ever growing body of people who want to know and, are thinking…thinking…thinking…about when the time becomes right for us all to say we are not going to take it anymore.

  15. Out Dey In Bim

    BFP

    Can you have a seperate category called Caricom.That way we will know to go there for our csme or other stories dealing with regionalism?

  16. Environmentalist

    Pogo you ask, perhaps rhetorically, “Is there no hope that someone, somewhere on this island will pay attention to ‘green’ and start an impetus to preserve our beautiful island, its plants and creatures (including people) before we poison all to death? ”

    Well if you check http://www.graemehallnationalpark.org you will find some hope there for for environmerntal/ecological protection, preservation, greening, education and even an engineering solution for emergencies associated with the South Coast Sewage Project.

  17. Kathy

    Kudos to BFP – I never bother with the Nation now, except to link to articles mentioned on BFP!

  18. Kathy

    Kudos to the Graeme Hall group too – it is a long, hard battle to preserve the natural beauty of Barbados for future generations.