Some updates on this site:

I’ve been publishing this blog since January 21, 2006. That’s 1028 days, with an average of .74 posts per day (758 posts). We average 4.46 comments a day (5,545 comments).

In Oct 2008 there were 13,995 unique visitors. We’re averaging 711 visits per day. This month isn’t quite halfway there and we’ve had 8,258 unique visitors.

These may not be the Dayton Daily News site stats- but, when it comes to a must read among people of power in Dayton, this site has become a destination.

While it was never built as a political website- but more as a platform to share ideas for Dayton- it’s served through a run for Congress and will soon be used for my run for Dayton City Commission.

It’s also served as a “practice what you preach” platform for my Websitetology seminar – which teaches how to use Web 2.0 to build community and a brand by getting to the top of Google for free (next Seminar- Tuesday the 18th).

The new iPhone view of Esrati.comWe’ve made a few changes lately- and will be changing the theme soon (those of you who read the RSS feed could care less). Yesterday- we implemented a new iPhone view, which makes it easy to read this site on the most advanced cell phone on the market. You can still use the conventional view if you scroll to the bottom of the screen if you want, but, the new view makes it so much easier to read and respond.

We’re looking into delivering updates to cell phones via SMS for the campaign. We’ll be getting the mailing lists going again- looking to give our community faithful a little extra info and insight.

Of course, we’ll also be opening up the donation platform again, because if you want to get elected, we all know it takes money.

I’m also thinking about starting up some products for sale to help the campaign.

If there are other features you’d like to see, or topics of discussion- let me know.

If there are issues you’ve had with the site- or things you’d like to have added or changed- let me know.

A lot has been written about how Barack Obama ran the perfect web 2.0 campaign. Consider this site- the most web 2.0 site of any political campaign in Dayton.

Let’s see if we can grow this community online- and put your best source for what really goes on in Dayton in a position where I can share even more with you.

Thanks for reading!

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Are you going to have an app for the iPhone?

David Esrati
David Esrati

@Bill- There are some parts of the Obama iPhone app that we could adapt, however, I don’t think there are enough iPhone users in Dayton to justify the time it would take to create the app.


Most advanced cell phone on the market…blah, blah, blah. I’m a PC!

Stan Hirtle
Stan Hirtle

I still don’t get why you have your stuff automatically posted on the Dayton OS blog but don’t allow comments to be posted there. Do you get paid if comments get posted here instead? I know you see it as a big deal, but I don’t get it. It seems to me that if you go there you should have comments there. If you just want to be here then don’t go there.

David Esrati
David Esrati

I don’t post to DaytonOS- they suck my feed and aggregate. At first I was affiliated with them- now they are doing their own thing under Mike Bock.
I don’t get paid anywhere- but- I keep the comments in one place- here, where one discussion can take place. I also can moderate and respond better here.
DaytonOS is an aggregator- with a little bit of original content. This is my site, 100%.
I hope you understand the difference- and the reasoning.

john ise

Well done David. Best blog in Dayton. “Blog”, defined as space between writing and talking. Lotsa luck on the campaign trail.

Sent from my IPhone

Stan Hirtle
Stan Hirtle

What do you mean “They suck my feed?”

David Esrati
David Esrati

An RSS feed is a way data is exchanged between websites that employee Web 2.0 technology which separates the content from the presentation. Just like the DDN syndicates columnists from other papers- DaytonOS publishes my site via syndication. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication btw-
You can read this site via it’s feed using a feed reader- like Google Reader or the Sage plugin for Firefox- and it will alert you every time the site is updated.

Stan Hirtle
Stan Hirtle

But if it’s like syndication then it’s ok with you. The DDN can’t publish George Will without his permission. It’s not like they steal his column from somewhere and republish it.

David Esrati
David Esrati

Yes, Stan,
DaytonOS has my permission to include my feed with other Dayton blogs as an aggregator site- but, in order to manage and moderate comments- and only have to respond and interact in one place- comments will remain here on my site.