It's more about reach with those sites. You may have had 3 sites tell you about the Pyra. I noticed zero.
Same here. The only place other than here that I frequent where it was mentioned I had to search to find a thread about it (2 people, 3 posts total including the original post) and it is possible that my request for someone to mention it there contributed to that. There has only been a single, very brief, mention by someone I don't think is an active member here, and that was at the same place (Linux Questions). I had to search to find it. The person also mentioned the Pandora (they were trying to rally people to stand against the Windows Tax, and the Pyra and Pandora were given as examples of computers where it isn't present).
I took a trip to a bookstore earlier, and while there I looked at a half dozen magazines. Most of those were general Linux centered magazines (we should try to get in these again), and one was targeted toward admins. Although it probably isn't exactly the sort of thing most readers of that magazine will be interested in, some probably would be.
The last was 2600, which I have recommended as a good place to advertise it. This is one of the few magazines where I actually read most of the ads, and it is because they have always been somewhat interesting. I really think that many of those readers would be very interested in the Pyra. Unfortunately I don't have a subscription, but if anyone does PLEASE send them a short ad. Who cares if it will take months to see results from that ad, it is good for those that find out about it there, and I think it is good to bring in people with that mindset.
Do you think if Engadget, and most top sites each ran seventeen stories on the Pyra leading up to, during and after the preorder , that we wouldn't be at substantially more preorders right now.
It probably would have helped. Honestly, I think another product you are backing has had some impact on Pyra preorder numbers. I have seen the Win mentioned in a couple places, and that is more exposure than the Pyra has had in my browsing.