As any normal Monday, I like to welcome our readers with interesting images, particularly if there was any event during the weekend, that will surely light their day or cheer them up at the beginning of their labor week. People love photos over text, which becomes a no brainer if you want to post something and you don't have much time. They always bring good traffic.
But yesterday was a crazy day. The numbers started very good, we had some great photos from the book signings, but then Gawker linked us ... at first I was worried, didn't knew if we had to close comments, or at least moderate them, I was surprised and grateful that they didn't trash us... StatCounter reloaded every 5minutes until it finally crashed when it hit 3000 unique visitors..... after the crash it went through the roof with over 4,300 unique visitors and 5,389 loaded pages... some looking for entertainment, and for my big surprise almost the same amount searching for information about Ingrid Formanek and Robert Weiner... and with the last I felt a sense of relief! Una de cal y otra de arena..!
Last Friday Anderson Cooper 360 presented Jeff Koinage's Reporter's Notebook about Africa. Just like the Michael Ware in depth interview, it is a required viewing. Essential Reporting. Personally I wouldn't have used the Oprah Piece nor repeated the Gorilla Story. I know it is cute as hell, but can't compare with the depth of the suffering of the Raped Women and The Soldier Children. I still believe we have to focus on Human Rights a little bit more...
On another note, at the previous comments section, Jr asked:
"So, this made me think if I were to give Anderson a gift, what would it be?"Personally, I'm old school. Journalists shouldn't accept any kind of gifts or favors. But that's me.
And last and but not least, I want to thank our loyal regulars. Love us or hate us, we can always count on your visits... and our commenters thank you for sharing this bumpy ride!
And now the Reporter's Notebook.
"Dispatches from the edge": AC360 Africa special. Anderson talks with CNN's Jeff Koinange. Child soldiers and sex slaves