Four years ago today, stevemunro.ca came to life as what I thought might be a handy, small blog where I could make available comments and analysis on a variety of (mainly) transit issues. It didn’t quite work out that way, and I’ve been quite pleased at the way this site has grown as a forum.
Daily page views are now sitting in the 2-3,000 range, although the all-time high (4,723) arrived on the day I published the old GM “New Look” product literature. I think the gods of blog activity are having a laugh at my expense with the most popular post being one about buses.
Some people don’t like the fact that this is a pro-LRT site. That’s their privilege. I am not against subways or buses, but each mode has its place, and for far too long Toronto (and Queen’s Park) ignored what hundreds of other cities are doing. The subway and LRT camps need to view transit improvement as the goal, rather than arguing a zero-sum game in which any “gain” for one mode is a “loss” for the other.
The heart of this site is the readers and the comments they leave. Back in April 2009 came the landmark of 10,000 active comments. We will hit 15,000 early in February.
All those comments make for a lively conversation whether we agree with each other or not. I think this improves the general quality of transit advocacy in Toronto because people get to read about and discuss issues in depth.
This blog is well read in professional and political circles, and I have often been complimented on the quality and range of the discussions here. It’s not just the pearls of wisdom, such as they may be, from my electronic pen that attracts such an audience.
Thank you to all the readers. Without your contributions, this would be a rather quiet place.