Why the whole world love our voice?

Since John is the proprietor of this blog, I’m not bragging on myself, baby, when I say that we had a fantastic year of traffic last year, with nearly 25 million total page views. We peaked in March 2010 around the time of HCR passage and went down a little after that, but remained quite stable relative to other political blogs with comparable traffic.

Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?






217 replies
  1. 1
    jibeaux says:

    moar bunnies

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    PeakVT says:

    Nothing, except for the site rebuild that is going to happen Any Day Now.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    __

    We peaked in March 2010 around the time of HCR passage and went down a little after that, but remained quite stable relative to other political blogs with comparable traffic.

    Um, tautology alert?

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    MikeJ says:

    Impeachment drive to win back the firebagger demo.

    Range night with JC and Tunch, targets shaped like elephants.

    Speech in a park in Portland with indy rock darlings opening.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @PeakVT: There is that. I’d really like to be able to write “sockialist” correctly without getting thrown into moderation. Also, fixing those “permission denied” messages during editing would be nice.

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    Ija says:

    Maybe a post on the meaning of liberalism by each of the front pagers (well, those who identify as liberal, anyway). It wouldn’t hurt to take away some of the enormous attention that has been paid to libertarianism here and focus it on liberalism instead.

    Anyway, congrats and keep up the good work.

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    More calls to action like Tim F. made during HCR, please.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    Contests with fabulous prizes!

    eta: a jrt is not a fabulous prize.

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    handy says:

    The appeal of this place to me is the commentariat isn’t comprised of a handful of people all gabbing about like some kind of knitting circle. People keep on topic generally, and even the open threads are generally informative and spawn some stimulating if not sometimes heated discussion. A lot of blogs I have followed can’t say that.

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    Chyron HR says:

    We peaked in March 2010 around the time of HCR passage

    Ooo-er. That’s what she said.

    (Also, we want more pictures of Tunch. Or pictures of more Tunch. Whichever.)

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    Waldo says:

    Avoid stunts involving sharks and water skis.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    OT:

    WSJ:
    Europe hasn’t been thrilled about being called “PIIGS” -– the acronym that refers to the pain points of the Continent’s sovereign debt troubles: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain.

    Then this morning, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon instead referred to his bank’s exposure to the “GIPSI” countries, or Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

    Classic.

  13. 13
    Trentrunner says:

    More cats and dogs.

    Less libertardian fapping.

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    Poopyman says:

    If those page views include every time I updated a page, you can send me your thanks. And a check.

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    beltane says:

    This place could use a bar. I asked makewi to fix me a drink the other day and got nothing.

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    Josie says:

    Front pagers should be required to post pet pics (their own) once a week, at least.

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    Professor says:

    @Ija: The meaning of liberalism is in the bible: ‘my brothers’/sisters’ keeper’.

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    srv says:

    or new stuff to try this year?

    How about letting a real progressive be a FP?

    And instead of beating up on limpy right-wing blogs, go take on a real ego like Protein Wisdom again.

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    Poopyman says:

    We can do much betterer this year if we put our minds to it. Libertarianism and epistemic closure need further discussion. Kittens, also.

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    danimal says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    How about occasionally formatting posts and comments so they run on on & on & on & on & on & on & without a line break so that the blog is virtually unreadable? That always makes my day.

    This blog would be the most popular in the entire universe if it weren’t for tech troubles.

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    Punchy says:

    Yeah, but 24.9 million of those were from a severly butthurt Glennnnn Greenwald, trying to see the latest mean stuff we said about him.

  23. 23

    weekly whisky raffles.

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    geg6 says:

    Moar puppehs. And Stillers. There is never enough Stillers. Or Penguins, for that matter.

    Other than that? Well, I’ve been missing your media criticism, Doug. You seem to have let that go lately. Or perhaps I’ve missed any posts you’ve had about how much our media sucks.

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    meh says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    yes, yes – less of you. More of food blogging. More Cole. Less you.

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    DJShay says:

    I think the increase in traffic, and I could be wrong here, is the sound of a LOT of liberals/progressives giving up on the traditional “netroots” like DKos, FDL etc. Methinks their readership hasn’t done the same. Plus the diversity of authors.

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    scav says:

    Tom! And general mayhem.

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    geg6 says:

    @Ija:

    I very much like this idea. Very, very much, in fact.

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    Poopyman says:

    @beltane:

    This place could use a bar. I asked makewi to fix me a drink the other day and got nothing.

    On the other hand, the baked goods are delicious. Try the pie!

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @beltane:
    __

    This place could use a bar. I asked makewi to fix me a drink the other day and got nothing.

    Don’t complain. Yer lucky you got nothing.

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    Makewi says:

    More of the same baby. Create a safe environment where people can feel that everything left leaning is good and pure and everything to the right of that is the work of something which is evil, if such concepts of good and evil where something which were not just a GOP ploy.

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    pragmatism says:

    battle of the blogging stars–glibertarians v. john coles of the center.

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    Ija says:

    @Professor:

    Well, I really want to know the meaning for each of them personally. And how they become a liberal. Maybe stories about flirtations with libertarianism in college, etc. Just to get to know them better. We know John Cole’s story because his progression is in the blog, but not so much about the others.

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    harokin says:

    Have you done the one where your evil twins from the anti-universe replace you (except that E.D.’s twin turns out to be good)? Or the one where you find yourself living the day backwards? How about the one where you discover you have a real life and you were simply imagining your life as a blogger … or were you?

    Oh, and a “Biggest Loser” contest with pictures and charts for each of the FPers.

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    jibeaux says:

    Weird. I kind of thought of it as a knitting circle, but perhaps one in which I’m in one of the upper tiers of knitting ability instead of, as is usually the case with a real knitting circle, a lower tier.
    But, it would ruin your perception of the blog as one “generally on topic” (that probably says more about all the internet traditions than maybe this blog, buy anyway) to ask whether you think if a five year old requests a “rainbow” scarf whether a variegated yarn would look good or I should just change off colors, so I won’t.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Have Aaron Sorkin write a musical about the origins of BJ.

    Score by Elton John and Justin Bieber.

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    Ty Lookwell says:

    In this weekend’s NYTimes magazine, Krugman cites a “Yes, Minister” episode where the British sausage, due to new European requirements, is to be referred to as an “Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube.”

    I think this phrase should be added to the list of rotating sub-titles under the “Balloon Juice” title for 2011.

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    sven says:

    but remained quite stable relative to other political blogs with comparable traffic

    Which political blogs are comparable in size to BJ? How much bigger are the ‘big’ blogs like Sullivan?

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    Barb (formerly Gex) says:

    It would be nice to tag each post with the author’s name so we can pull up all the pieces by a specific author.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @srv:

    And instead of beating up on limpy right-wing blogs

    Good luck with that.
    Balloon-Juice has a thing for bad boy libertarian and mildly right of center blogs because after the big fight the make up sex is teh hawt.

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    Cris says:

    @Angry Black Lady: weekly whisky raffles.

    Say that 3 times fast

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    Ija says:

    And more baby pictures. Pets are not enough.

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    Downpuppy says:

    Fix whatever makes the blog double load & crap out on IE.

    I’d also too like to see an Old Leftie. And make every front pager use at least one picture per post.

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    Makewi says:

    @beltane:

    You got exactly what you deserved, which is the recognition of your peers that your work of opposing the violent rhetoric of the right is going to bear fruit.

    Am I allowed to say fruit or is that offensive?

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    Bruce (formerly Steve S.) says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    Balloon Beauty of the Day – Photo of a topless aspiring model/actress. Include lots of puns on balloons and juice in the caption.

    “Palin” in every thread title.

    Photoshop an ambiguous image of people having sex into the fur of every pet picture. Or do you do that already?

    Make Snooki a front-pager.

    Have Tunch sport an AK-47 and triple the price of all his merchandise.

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    geg6 says:

    @Punchy:

    And Jake Tapper. Can’t forget when Jake stops by to let us know his fee fees are throbbing with pain.

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    @sven:

    Sully is about three times as large, I think.

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    parenthetical says:

    More surveyor marks, please.

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    Dave says:

    Octopi fighting with lasers?

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    Laura W. says:

    More pimping of fabulous Balloon Juice CafePress Store products* by front pagers!

    It is just absurd that we’ve not sold one OBEY throw pillow.

    I blame you, DougJ.

    *Every penny in profit goes to Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue

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    handy says:

    I personally like the libertarian stuff, if only because it historically hasn’t gotten a lot of light shone on it. I’ve always found big ideas put out by (popular) libertarianism to be fishy, like it’s not showing you all the cards in the hand, so to speak. Conservatives like to play sly too but their game is way too obvious and ultimately offer a straightforward deconstruction.

    I like how the FPers here actually challenge libertarians to be more concrete, if you will, pinning their thoughts down and in the process confirm a lot of my instincts about libertarianism and it’s key failures. Most libs are content to waive it off as “just so much justification to be selfish,” which is true. But I guess because I tend to be a process thinker, BJ’s approach appeals to me.

  52. 52
    Dave in ME says:

    Pics of Tunch attacking John for not following proper cat care etiquette. How about we organize a get together for BJ readers as an alternative to the GOS annual event? What to call it is the question.

  53. 53
    KG says:

    @srv: wow, Protein Wisdom reference… I haven’t read that blog in years, just checked in, probably shouldn’t have.

  54. 54
    mumphrey says:

    Gravatars and self-important commenters who think they own the place. Oh wait, never mind, too many places like that already… Carry on.

  55. 55
    Cris says:

    Make the Balloon-Juice Lexicon a wiki.

    I’m not kidding. WordPress “Pages” are not a good fit for the concept.

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    stuckinred says:

    back when FDL was not such a fucked up place they had a Friday afternoon rock and roll thread that was really good.

  57. 57
    Michael D. says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    Less Muslim-y.

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    feebog says:

    Second this:

    How about occasionally formatting posts and comments so they run on on & on & on & on & on & on & without a line break so that the blog is virtually unreadable? That always makes my day.

    I usually pump up the font so my tired old eyes can comfortably read the posts and comments. But I always have to adjust down when logging on to this site. Reading this blog at 200X compresses to about three words per line. And half the time when I do drop down to 150X then it scatters the margin from here to Indiana. On the other hand the light blue background is rather soothing…

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Increase traffic?

    Reach out to Latinos, like Jeb bush is doing, albeit from Barclays.

    I imagine you will be marginally more successful.

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    Dave in ME says:

    Doesn’t T-Bogg do some random 10 tracks from his I-pod? Be cool to see what we all are listening to.

  61. 61
    Redshirt says:

    FEED Posters everywhere.

    Watch for one this Sunday!

  62. 62
    slappy white says:

    more cowbell

  63. 63
    slappy white says:

    more cowbell

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    scav says:

    @handy: Urm, well, Madame Defarge’s knitting circle isn’t so far wrong some days. And you vastly underestimate the rhetorical emphasis of a good 2mm poke to the eye or a swift persuasive throat-tourniquet administered by a pair of circular needles. This lot certainly has needling down.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    On a serious note, I’d like to see a front-pager try periodically running a coordinated book reading and discussion thread. Pick a book (preferably not one that has confirmation bias problems with this audience), give us all a month to read it, and let the fur fly.

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    Chyron HR says:

    New trolls. The ones we have right now can’t even form coherent sentences anymore.

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    Loneoak says:

    In the past week, I’ve had two separate friends post links to BJ in Facebook. Gave me a happy and led me to wonder if either of them are commenters.

    My suggestions:

    – Ban change

    That is all.

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    geg6 says:

    @Redshirt:

    I already have plans to be watching for it. I told my sister I’m coming to her house with the 60″ flatscreen. When she asked why, I told her I had to look in the crowd for a Tunch poster. And she said “But the Steelers play on Saturday!”

    LOL

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    Loneoak says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    Seconded. A BJ book club could be a lot of fun. Pandagon does it well if you want a model.

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    Cris says:

    @Dave in ME: Doesn’t T-Bogg do some random 10 tracks from his I-pod?

    No no NO. With apologies to some of my favorite bloggers (like Amanda Marcotte and cleek), “post random 10 songs” are among my least favorite blog posts, ever. Not only are the comment threads mind-numbingly monotonous (just a list of songs, with a smattering of commentary) but they tend to turn into displays of “look how interesting/obscure my musical tastes are” wankery. Especially at Pandagon.

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    Mark S. says:

    Retcon the blog so that the Republican Cole only appears on Earth-Two.

    (I’m not sure if this joke actually makes any sense)

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    Ija says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    Maybe we should all be reading Ayn Rand to see what the fuss is all about.

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    James K. Polk, Esq says:

    Less Balloon Juice, more BJ.

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    handy says:

    @scav:

    I’m just pointing out that some places you go the front page stuff can be great, and you get to the comments and it’s like 900 inside jokes between 3 or 4 people. I think you know the kind I’m talking about.

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    Ija says:

    @Loneoak:

    Ta Nehisi Coates does a decent book club. Chapter by chapter.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    @Loneoak:

    change was banned last week.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    What to call it is the question
    “Group BJ”

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    Punchy says:

    Front pagers should be required to post pet pics (their own) once a week, at least.

    For some dumb reason, I’m dying to see what DougJayvis Dug-Jealous looks like. I picture him as either a guy with a red ‘fro or a comb-over.

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    KG says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis: according to sitemeter BJ gets about 71,000 hits per day, Sully gets 240,000 per day, Kos gets 725,000; Hot Air is #17 on sitemeter’s traffic list, but I can’t find their stats, and it doesn’t look like Instapundit has a public sitemeter anymore.

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    geg6 says:

    @Cris:

    Agreed.

    I, personally, miss bad ’80s music video nights Cole used to have every now and again.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @stuckinred: Sorta like that idea. I like discussing music.

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    gbear says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    Yes, please try to fix the problem that causes the right margin to fail, sending text flying off into the netherlands. It was pretty bad last year, but it’s been horrid this year so far, as in 80-85% margin failure on the two computers that I use to access the site.

    I know that people are going to comment that this problem doesn’t exist if I approach the blog with just the right combination of software. Screw that. This is the ONLY web site that I read where this problem occurs. It happens nowhere else. It’s a Balloon Juice problem. I hope it can be fixed.

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    Jules says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    Yep, this…book a month.

    and moar baby animals.
    and please, Cole should have to do one righteous rant bi-weekly.

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    debit says:

    I was going to suggest more posts where Cole gets upset at us and calls us assholes, but if he did it all the time it wouldn’t be special anymore.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Chyron HR:

    New trolls. The ones we have right now can’t even form coherent sentences anymore.

    There aren’t any blogs training new trolls.

    In the present business climate they’re all just churning the same limited supply, everyone taking in each others’ trolls pre-trained, even if they aren’t any good. How many blogs is Al trolling at this point.

    This happens in every recession… We’ll know things are looking up when we see trolls we’ve never seen before.

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    geg6 says:

    @Ija:

    Don’t make me have to come there and whup you.

    No fucking way I’m subjecting myself to such stupidity and horrid writing every again. Hell, I could only make it about 200 pages in the first time I tried to read her dreck and I was still of an age when reading dreck was pretty much an every day thing.

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    Trinity says:

    @geg6: Yes – bring back bad 80s music video nights…and more Tunch pics plz!

    kthnxbai

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    cmorenc says:

    We could have nude bellydancing & blogging sessions, but in the mode Bill Gates and Esther Dyson used to have “virtual” dates with one another while in different, far-apart cities. Except we wouldn’t talk about the nude part of the session, no webcams allowed, and only a bit about the bellydancing part. Still, the communal idea that’s what we were all doing would be…well, interesting.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    The FPers need to find some way to space their posts out a bit. Maybe by 10-15 minutes.

    OT: When we were discussing Palin, et al’s use of “blood libel” someone joked about waiting until they used pogrom. Well, guess what, they now have.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Laura W.:

    It WOULD make a pretty good wedding gift.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel): Did anyone stand athwart it and shout “Stop!”?

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    stuckinred says:

    @geg6: Is there any other kind of 80’s music?

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    liberal says:

    @Professor:
    No, no, no. I’d say “liberal” means supporting a just order.

    The problem with “brother’s keeper” is that it seems to validate right-wing shibboleths that liberals are interested in stealing their hard-earned money and redistributing it to the less deserving. When in fact if you look at the actual economy, it’s quite the opposite: the flow of wealth redistribution is upwards, to rent-collecting parasites, which includes most of the wealthy.

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    Derek says:

    John should continue to add the tag “assholes” to 75% of his posts.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    @Punchy:

    I picture him as either a guy with a red ‘fro or a comb-over.

    My father was a guy with a red ‘fro THAT HE COMBED OVER!

    true story.

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    @Ija:

    Maybe a post on the meaning of liberalism by each of the front pagers (well, those who identify as liberal, anyway).

    I’d like that.

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    debit says:

    @stuckinred: Somewhere the members of Flock of Seagulls weep quietly.

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    liberal says:

    @Makewi:

    Am I allowed to say fruit or is that offensive?

    Use of fruit is highly encouraged. As in: right-wingers luv themselves some kleptocracy, in which the fruit of our labor is stolen by parasitic rent collectors.

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    RSA says:

    __

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    I think you’re good; it ain’t broke.

    @srv:
    __

    And instead of beating up on limpy right-wing blogs, go take on a real ego like Protein Wisdom again.

    Whoa, that goes back. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a 15,000-word blog post about… Well, to be honest, about something I’ve completely forgotten by now.

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    mr. whipple says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    Fix.the.fucking.coding. Try that.

    Also.

    Since there’s a whole range of voices now posting, including a goofy libertarian, I think the natural progression would be to include a firebagger and a teatard.

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    It all happened so fast. Then he was gone.

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    Tractarian says:

    @meh:

    Here’s a better idea. Eliminate (by force, if necessary) all front-pagers except for John Cole, Tim F., and DougJ.

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    eemom says:

    adult swim

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Ija:

    Unfortunately my liquor cabinet isn’t that well stocked. Even if it was, my liver would protest. Mr. Spleen isn’t too happy about this proposal either.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): Next stop, Kossacks,

    These idiots are nothing if not literally-minded.

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    JPL says:

    @geg6: Hahaha. That’s what I was going to mention. I can’t remember if it was JSF or Laura who posted the Badger youtube. That has to be the most annoying video over.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Did anybody say tasteful nudity?

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    cleek says:

    @Cris:
    how dare you!

    yes, that actually is exactly what the posts are for… well, not entirely. they also work as ways to learn about new stuff. find someone who has a lot of stuff you like, then see what else they have in their list. it’s like a low-tech, manual, version of Amazon’s “you might like”

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    liberal says:

    @cmorenc:

    …but in the mode Bill Gates and Esther Dyson used to have “virtual” dates…

    Blech. A monopolist and a blowhard.

    Teh google makes it seem like it wasn’t Dyson but rather “Ann Winblad,” but I don’t know much about this. Don’t want to know much, either.

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    Cris says:

    @liberal: No, no, no. I’d say “liberal” means supporting a just order.

    I think that’s too vague. An objectivist who believes that creators and producers should be rich and free, while the leeches and moochers should die in a ghastly train wreck, would consider their vision a just order.

    My wife used to say that “liberals” believe in the rights of people while “conservatives” believe in the rights of businesses. That’s pretty incomplete, but I like it.

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    stuckinred says:

    @eemom: Hey, I hollered at OK Kiddo!

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    licensed to kill time says:

    If the frequently promised but ever in the future site redesign doesn’t fix all the FYWP quirks in the comment box, I think a FYWP tips and tricks section should be added to the (currently blank) FAQ section. Or given a link of it’s own.

    I see people struggle all the time with formatting blockquotes, getting snagged in the moderation filter and setting off hyphen/italic bombs because they don’t close tags.

    It would be helpful though I doubt anyone would read it before firing off their vitriolic screeds ;)

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    catclub says:

    @Professor:
    Interesting choice, since the guy who says it has just killed his brother.

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    srv says:

    @freelancer:

    More appearances and recognition on Rachel Maddow.

    Perhaps some of those exotic OBEY throw pillows would be of use there?

    How about a fund we donate to every month and send our favorite media personalities a BJ Care Package? I’m sure you could call MSNBC and get an office address.

    *While BJ has made punching hippies a new marketing segment, there are alternatives.

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    geg6 says:

    @JPL:

    Oh, I don’t know. I’m of the opinion that pretty much any video by Madonna would win that prize.

    Edited to add: Though I exempt “Vogue” from that. For some reason, that’s the one Madonna song/video that I can’t resist. Can’t explain it.

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    Loneoak says:

    @Ija:

    Yes, now that you mention it, I like TNC’s model better than Pandagon’s. It’s easier to discuss books by the chapter/section. Another suggestion: how about you let some of us regular commenters take turns running the book club?

    @Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel):

    Ah, I’ve been too busy traveling to notice that. Good news for sure.

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    Keep all frontpagers. More animal pictures. Fix the format. Hottie of the week (male AND female). Other than that–you’re good.

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    scav says:

    @handy: Yeah, but any good excuse to drag in Madame Defarge you know . . hard to resist.

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    eemom says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:

    how ’bout FDL? Cuz if BJ was bigger than FDL I would haz a big fat happy.

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    Laura W. says:

    @Redshirt: I was almost gonna post something about this for you. So you got it then?

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    Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel) says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Did anybody say tasteful nudity?

    Already been done:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....-calendar/

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    geg6 says:

    @srv:

    Heh. I kinda like that idea.

    Tunch takes over the emessem!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    More dogs, fewer cats. You may now flame away.

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    Cris says:

    @cleek: they also work as ways to learn about new stuff. find someone who has a lot of stuff you like, then see what else they have in their list.

    That’s why your “tastemakers” series is so ultra awesome. The trouble being that it’s a lot more work, of course.

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    eemom says:

    @stuckinred:

    you found him?? Not back THERE, surely……

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    Mako says:

    Selma Hayek pictures.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    This year is the Rugby World Cup. Bring in somebody to blog about it like Randinho did for the world cup of some other minor sport.

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    DlewOnRoids says:

    I hear p0rn0graphy is quite big on the internet. That could increase site traffic.

    Just don’t post pictures of yourselves.

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    Because you guys are awesome, that’s why.

    I have commented exactly once this week (I think) because between the insanity of the topics that were the center of attention, and a variety of insanities in my wee little circle, I just couldn’t bring myself to focus on the news very closely at all.

    But please don’t misunderstand!

    The BJ front pagers are among my very favorite front pagers anywhere on the intertrons, and that is just a fact. Y’all are awesome.

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    Ija says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    Yeah, now that I think about it, I’d rather eat dirt myself. Hey, maybe one of the front pagers can be the sacrificial victim and read her whole oeuvre, giving us just the summary. I volunteer DougJ. How about it, DougJ?

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    KG says:

    @eemom: sorry, FDL gets about 120,000 hits per day see @KG for other numbers.

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    taylormattd says:

    MOAR fights with firebaggers!

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    @Omnes Omnibus: Flame? Flame?

    I give this sentiment my full support.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Rugby good. Me like.

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    Cris says:

    @BGinCHI: Did anybody say tasteful nudity?

    Tasty nudity

    (ok, enough of me linking to cleek.)

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    stuckinred says:

    @eemom: Facebook, I launched a preemptive strike on SanderO and eChan whats her face and was quickly deleted. Follow up posts went up about how much OK, me and some other expats were missed! Someone mentioned the OKK was on FB so I wrote him a note and told him he was well remembered.

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    Ija says:

    @Emily L. Hauser/ellaesther:

    Traitor! What about Ta Nehisi? I’m telling :)

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    KG says:

    @Mako: haha, when I was actually actively blogging, one of the small blogs that I developed a friendship with use to post pictures of Jessica Alba’s ass. As he said, “hey, I know where my bread is buttered.”

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    cleek says:

    @Cris:
    ah. glad you like it! i had no idea anybody cared about that – they got such little response.

    i will strive do more.

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    Tom Hilton says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    How about mocking Jane Hamsher? That could be a crowd-pleaser.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No way! Cats rule dogs drool.
    *Suggestion*
    More Tunch

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    @eemom:

    They have about 50% more traffic. I think that if one of us could start going on cable tv somehow, we might be able to catch them.

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    handy says:

    @KG:

    Is it even valid to compare this place to Kos or FDL? Sully, probably, Instapudnut too. But the GOS feels like a totally different animal. And, frankly, I don’t see Cole or DougJ hopping aboard the TV circuit to push those numbers up.

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    More margaritas. And cats.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:Wouldn’t your comb-over be an issue on TV?

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    @Ija:

    You know, I could read one of the books and give weekly reports. That would be fun.

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    KG says:

    @handy: someone asked for a comparison to the big blogs, and those were the one’s that jumped to my mind. Just trying to provide some perspective.

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    Laura W. says:

    @freelancer:
    @srv:

    I told DougJ I was thinking the FEED poster Redshirt will be waving around might catch Rachel’s eye! But I do like your idea, srv, and will give it some more thought.

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Like there’s never been anyone on tv with a comb-over.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    More dogs, fewer cats. You may now flame away.

    More cats, fewer dogs. Hiss! Scratch!

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    Paul in KY says:

    @geg6: To me, she only has 2 good songs: Papa Don’t Preach & Material Girl.

    However, I will defend your right to enjoy Vogue to the death ;-)

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    Laura W. says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:

    I think that if one of us could start going on cable tv somehow,

    Is that why (you and) John’s (are) dieting?

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    eemom says:

    somebody said something like this above, but I think a weekly golden oldies flashback flashback flashback to a pre-2005 John Cole post would be eleventy kinds of awesome.

    Useful historical instruction for those of us who didn’t know him back then.

    Also, ya know, to keep him humble. : )

    ALTERNATIVELY — pix of the front pagers.

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    Dollared says:

    Aside from the warm camraderie of this gang, and the joy of of baiting obots/conservadems, I mainly come here for those perfect moments of Cole-snark. So I support many ideas of improvements – and compatibility with internet explorer will actually make my life better – but just keep delivering stuff under Hoot-Smalley tags and I’ll be a happy guy.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @handy:

    I don’t see Cole or DougJ hopping aboard the TV circuit to push those numbers up.

    How about a sitcom? “$#!7 My Cat Eats”

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    1. Global Conspiracy to get Cole a woman.

    2. Bring back Firefly and Arrested Development.

    3. A Pony (one that doesnt bite)

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    cleek says:

    @Chyron HR:
    i don’t know all what my cats eat. but i know all about what they throw up.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Chyron HR: That might be too long a series in Tunch’s case. How about ‘Stuff he won’t Eat’?

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    KG says:

    @freelancer (itouch): I’m good with just #2.

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    eemom says:

    @Tom Hilton:

    Tee hee. One can never get enough of a good thing.

    ‘sides. Mocking Jane Hamsher is healthful. It’s like high-fiber food for the mind.

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    handy says:

    @Chyron HR:

    I like it! Who would Shatner play?

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    eemom says:

    @Laura W.:

    SPEAKING of pix. How are they ever gonna get Cole on teevee if he’s only a pair of hairy legs and an elbow??

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    geg6 says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:

    This is exactly why we have to start sending KO, Rachel, and The Daily Show/Colbert Report some BJ swag.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    The most frequent commenter in any month gets automatically banned, with an announcement of the lucky winner, for the succeeding month. This would benefit both the individual and the blog.

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    Calouste says:

    I’d like to see a “foreign correspondent”, and then specifically someone who, although proficient in English, doesn’t live in or was born in an English speaking country. Chinese, French, Latin American, Arab, German, it doesn’t matter much which, but some outside perspective in the mix of frontpagers would be nice.

    (What got me thinking about this is the revolution that is going on at the moment in Tunisia.)

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    geg6 says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:

    Talk about self-sacrifice. I tip my hat to you, Doug, for volunteering for such a dangerous mission.

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    Laura W. says:

    @jibeaux:

    It WOULD make a pretty good wedding gift.

    Indeedy do! Right up there with the OBEY thong and the uber sexy boxers.
    Hot!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: It could be like the neighbor (Wilson?) on Home Improvement.

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    boctaoe says:

    I’m adding my voice to those asking for a fix to the darn type running off into the ads and you can’t read it and you have to refresh and it takes forever, Fix that please. You reallly have to love BJ to come here everyday.

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    Tom Hilton says:

    Instead of dogs and cats, how about photos of rattlesnakes?

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    geg6 says:

    @Calouste:

    Yeah, I saw that at Sully’s. I was surprised he hasn’t turned the blog green this time. Or whatever color he decides best represents a Tunisian revolution.

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    cleek says:

    try something new?
    i recommend Jerky USA for all your beef jerky needs.

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    Redshirt says:

    @Laura W.: I’ll find out when I get home tonight, or at the latest tomorrow. Big storm may have delayed delivery.

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    Poopyman says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    Hottie of the week (male AND female).

    Good God, I hope you don’t mean frontpagers OR commenters.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tom Hilton: Do you have a pet rattlesnake?

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    Origuy says:

    Fix the filter, please!

    More beer blogging. I forgot who was the front-pager who did his own brewing, but those threads were fun.

    Am I the only one who has trouble with the search option? Once in a while I forget which thread I posted on. Searching for the comment rarely works.

    Page 3 Girls! It works for The Sun!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Poopyman: I am quite attractive, if I do say so myself.

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    agrippa says:

    Take a look at the structure of your blog. it is user enemy.

    Investigate the connection between Glenn Beck and Area 51.

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    Poopyman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Sure, sure. Go right ahead and say so.

    I just don’t want this suggestion coupled with the “tasteful nudity”one.

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    Laura W. says:

    @Redshirt: Damn. Hope it comes through for you.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the nice woman from NC who ran right over to the store and bought our first OBEY throw pillow!

    Can I interest her, or you, Redshirt, in a FEED Modern Wall Clock?

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    Nina says:

    @freelancer (itouch) Can you add Terriers to (2) on your list?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Poopyman: Need a link?

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    Laura W. says:

    @eemom: I’m pretty sure Santa brought John his very own Tunch Is Watching You gym bag for Christmas. By summer, we might even see the back of his neck in a shot!

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    Benjamin Cisco says:

    I like the idea of a “whatcha listenin’ to” thread.

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    piratedan says:

    perhaps a couple ongoing places where you can nominate comments that you especially liked…call it the “Right On Motherf**er Moment or some such

    like smackdown comment of the thread that gets highlighted by the thread creator

    recognizing notable trolling efforts du juor

    vague cultural reference bingo

    weakest attempt at inappropriate humor medal

    granted that would mean more work for the folks in charge, but you asked…..

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I would like an explanation of how exactly one skullfucks a kitten. Purely for academic reasons. Really. I have no intention of doing anything of the sort. Besides I don’t even have a kitten. Both sides do it.

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    trollhattan says:

    Fer sure tips on snaggin’ more traffic:

    * JC scoops up a new doggie from some unlikely locale.
    * Moar trash-haulin’ options oppression.
    * All Hamsher, all the time; also, too, Hillary must primary the preznit.
    * Daily E.D. Kain, but no moar than just that.
    * Discuss the possible establishment of Tunchistan.

    Shattered bones–definitely not worth the traffic.

    [it woud seem my “bullet points” have created some weird formatting. sorry, and FYWP]

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    kc says:

    Congratulations!

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    Have Mr. Cole go back to being a Republican.

    Kidding! But do fix that maddening right margin glitch others have mentioned. Please . . .

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    Winston Smith says:

    Occasional porn would be nice.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Only one side needs it explained.

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    Tom Hilton says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No, snakes are just way cooler than dogs and cats. This was one that wandered through my campsite in Little Yosemite Valley.

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    justawriter says:

    Naked puppy photo shoots!

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    danimal says:

    @cleek: Glad I’m not the only one with occasionally lurid thoughts when looking at a peach. Great pix.

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    piratedan says:

    @eemom:

    I’d be alright with more Venture Bros and I still tune in when they have the Cowboy BeBop marathons.

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    @Ija: The only way I was able to be anywhere on the intertrons was being places where all kindsa stuff came up and not just the Late Unpleasantness….

    /hangs head in commenter shame.

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    artem1s says:

    A shrubbery! One that looks nice. And not too expensive.

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    jcricket says:

    Yesh – some upgrades to the blog and commenting software. Would like to be able to “like” or recommend other comments – or see threading, blah blah blah.

    Maybe the ability to rate the posts, too.

    More interactive. I suggest Dioramas or Taiwanese-animation.

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    Ash Can says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    — Troll-throwing contests (and better trolls, while you’re at it).

    — Try to talk David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Jonah Goldberg into showing up in the comments here. Promise them desserts and tell them we’ll all be very friendly and polite to them.

    — MOAR TUNCH

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    2liberal says:

    how about a pie-fight commercial?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I say we just ride this thing into the ground with glibertarian threads.

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    hitchhiker says:

    I adore the lexicon. Can you put it to music, please?

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    @Poopyman: Well, I was thinking of political hottie of the week or Alan Rickman and Salma Hayek every week, but your suggestion has merit. I would be willing to peruse the pictures of front-pagers and commentariat for hotness.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Have me write from the left for you. You need the perspective and I’m as angry in my online persona as the rest of your writers.

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    Sko Hayes says:

    I would like to add my voice to the “please fix the damn formatting problem”.
    John needs a “How to train your hyperactive JRT” daily blog post written by an expert. Tunch any time, because I can point and say “At least my cat isn’t that fat!”
    “Return to home page” link at the bottom of comments.

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    3-D. Need sense of depth on pet pictures.

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    HyperIon says:

    Any ideas for new stuff to try this year?

    proof reading your post’s headline?

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    Here’s a suggestion that I forthrightly admit is self-serving, but what the hell… How about a monthly thread about commenters who have causes, and where they could make pitches for their causes? I have a non-profit, and the two times I’ve brought it up in open threads, three people–three each time–gave money to my non-profit. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who could use a platform once a month here or so. The people here really seem willing to step up for good causes, so maybe we could harness that. Any thoughts?

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    BrianM says:

    @Ija:

    Maybe a post on the meaning of liberalism by each of the front pagers (well, those who identify as liberal, anyway). It wouldn’t hurt to take away some of the enormous attention that has been paid to libertarianism here and focus it on liberalism instead.

    +1

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    Nellcote says:

    @Nina:

    Can you add Terriers to (2) on your list?

    Indeed. I’m still bummed they didn’t go for another season.

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    catdevotee says:

    I love this site. I’m a refugee from the GOS, who just couldn’t take the constant harping and negativity any more, even though I hung out there for years.

    Not to be sappy (well, OK I’ll be sappy), but it has been important to me to meet a community where there is dialogue, kitties, and mostly reasonable argument. And kitties, and puppies. The pet rescue stories are wonderful, and a reminder of the priority of compassion in our every day lives.

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