I'll just come right out and say it. After all, coming out is good for queers.
I owe Andy Towle an apology.
When I wrote my post about DNC credentials, I used Andy's blog, Towleroad, as my example. I was angry at the DNC for slighting us, but I took it out on Towleroad. While I tried to say that Andy wasn't the target of my ire, I didn't do a good job of it. Instead, I piled on.
I mentioned that Towleroad is in my RSS feed as a favorite. I read it every day. If it's good enough for me to read, why should I be surprised that the DNC thinks it's good enough for credentials? After all, I should have expressed myself more clearly; I don't think Towleroad should lose their credentials, I think we should have been credentialed also.
To make matters even worse, I was wrong with some statistics about Bilerico Project vs Towleroad that I need to correct immediately. When you're wrong, you're wrong. See just how wrong I was after the jump.
I took my statistics about Towleroad from copy on BlogAds designed to sell advertising. If I'd done my research instead of just cocking off at the
mouth fingers, I'd have noticed that our demographics are actually pretty darn similar. Look at these graphs from QuantCast, a website demographics firm.
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I claimed that Towleroad was almost exclusively rich, white males. While their audience has more income than ours, our gender and racial demographics are almost the same.
QuantCast, of course, doesn't measure gender beyond male or female, but according to them, we have 1% more female readers than Towleroad. We're only 2% more ethnically diverse than Towleroad - and Andy has more Hispanic readers than we do. Andy's readers tend to have a higher household income, but his average age range puts his readers in the peak of their professional careers.
Andy's site is a popular site because he puts out a quality product. I read it every day along with thousands of others from the LGBT community. There's a reason why. You see, not everything has to be politically related to be of interest to the LGBT community.
Check out our most popular posts as one commenter suggested. Two of the posts are guest posts from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The rest? Racy Big Brother posts, comedy videos about naked young starlets and the like. Now granted, some of those posts were made popular after Andy linked to them, but that's more of an indicator of his sheer volume of traffic than the quality of the posts. The most ironic part? Four of the Top 10 posts were written by me - none of which were politically related.
Which, I guess, is the long version of saying that apparently I was full of shit. Mea culpa.
The real villian here isn't Towleroad. They're trying to provide the best coverage possible for their readers. The DNC made the decision on credentials - not Towleroad. Instead of stupidly firing in Andy's direction, I should have aimed at the real target.
I'm sorry, Andy, for holding you up as an example of why we should have been credentialed. I didn't do my homework and I wrote while I was angry - always a stupid mistake (especially when publishing immediately to the internet!). I should have known better. I acted like a boor. My apologies.