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The BC traffic spike in August, caused by the riots

Shinji Mimura: When we escape, it will be together.
- Battle Royale

Over the years, Brockley Central's monthly traffic has been on a slow, steady, satisfying upward trajectory, with most months setting new records. This month has buggered that up.

The London riots sent traffic through the roof, with 35,000 visitors on the Monday, when riots in Lewisham took place and 45,000 visitors on the Tuesday, when Brockley Kate provided coverage of the aftermath and we provided a live report, during which mostly nothing happened. On a good day, the site normally gets 2,000 visitors. In total, Brockley Central got more than 135,000 visits this August.

We know that other local websites like Transpontine and 853 experienced similar phenomena, which underlines the important role that hyperlocal media plays in covering these sorts of events. We imagine that for some people it was the first time they Googled their local area and discovered sites like these. We hope that some of them stick around for the post-Apocalyptic rebuild.

18 comments:

Fidgad said...

Looks reather like the Shard..........

Anonymous said...

Looks a bit like the fag ends that Brockley's organic artisans litter the streets with.

drakefell debaser said...

What? All those geezers puffing away outside the Barge are Artisans? Who knew...

I'd go with the Burj Khalifa.

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - yes, it really does!

Dan said...

I have causally browsed BC since moving to the area 2 years ago. Whilst not all articles interest me I do find it a good source of local info.

I was glued to the net, on the night of the disturbances , specifically twitter (I now have a follower - it's a cat, well not an actual cat. that would be cool, but)

However, I found it full of mis and repetitive information.

The posts on BC tended to sum up the more accurate info floating on the web /twitter.

So I would like to say thank you to BC. But I don't know exactly what for.

It's not like I was in a life or death situation.

I guess some genuine recognition (rather than a fag end shard chart) is more appropriate than a thank you.

It must have been pretty manic sorting the good info from the bad.

well done

Anonymous said...

exactly what Dan said - thanks Nick and all contributors

Brockley Nick said...

@Dan cheers. One of the things about running a local blog, as opposed to being a journalist, is that it matters to me as much as to users of the site - at times like that, the site really just becomes a repository for other people's information. Doing the live feed was reassuring in two senses: firstly, it was a good way of learning what was going on and secondly, it was a nice reminder that society works and most people's natural instinct is to help, rather than nick a pair of trainers. Monitoring Twitter was also striking because of the sheer volume of local kids tweeting in disapproval of what was being attributed to disaffected youth.

Crofty said...

BC was stirling that Monday night - I work til midnight and it was thanks to being able to judge the local situation because of the blog that I could make an informed decision about getting home, instead of booking a night in a hotel near work. It was astounding and generous - thank you!

Anon 14:57 said...

DD:

What? All those geezers puffing away outside the Barge are Artisans? Who knew...

Piss Artisans.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

Just want to reiterate what others have said about the riot coverage. It was very comforting to have a resource that was Brockley-focused as I was planning how safe my loved ones and I would be on our way home. It was impressive how frequently the blog was updated and good to see a bit of riot based humour ("don't worry - the tat shop on brockley road always looks like that", etc). Didn't get that on the BBC.

I hope Brockley Central's coverage of the olympics will be just as up to the minute ;)

Anonymous said...

wot she said

well done BC

Lara said...

I got 274 page views because of my riot blog. Huge spike for me.

MalB said...

Ignoring the riot spikes, I note that the traffic is always lower at the weekends than during the week.

Is this an August anomaly, or does it mean that the average BC commentator has more free time to browse the interweb during the working week than at the weekend?

And, if so, why? (Or should that be, how?)

Brockley Nick said...

@MalB - no, it's not a one-off, that has been the case since day one and is less pronounced than it once was.

Partly, it's because if you spend all day glued to a screen for work it's relatively easy to look at the internet and partly because I post more articles during the week, which tends to drive more traffic. I post more during the week because that's when people tend to read it more, so it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Brockley Nick said...

(I guess those are the main reasons anyway)

Mb said...

Is it just me or does this seem like a lifetime ago? In a weird way it reminds me of when Diana's car stacked it into a French tunnel. The country went loopy, mass hysteria ensued, there were confident predictions of how the Britain had changed. Apart from the daily express people quickly moved on and people were scratching their heads - what was THAT all about?

CSI Brockley said...

There was a lot of police activity for about two hours yesterday evening on Wickham Road. Does anyone know what happened?

Brockley Nick said...

Forensic investigation of the area. Two guns found according to some reliable sources on Twitter.

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