Second Anniversary Thread
by Chris Bowers, Fri Mar 31, 2006 at 06:00:55 AM EST
Today is the second anniversary of MyDD Scoop. Content-wise, since the Scoop relaunch there have been 4,546 front-page posts and 12,053 diaries. There are now around 14,000 registered users, and who knows how many comments. Traffic wise, there have been around 12.6 million visits since the relaunch, and around 19.6 million page views.
The last year has been particularly eventful. After an extensive search, Scott was brought on in July in help cover for Jerome. In October, Jerome stopped regular blogging, and shortly thereafter he and Markos came out with their groundbreaking work Crashing The Gate. Following a victorious Election Day 2005, I lost my fifteen-month will to power as a full-time blogger, and Jonathan and Matt were brought on to help breathe some new life into the site. Now, we have a fully-fledged four-man blogging team, and brand new platform that went live in late January.
In the last twelve months, we were at the center of the OH-02 special election, two Supreme Court nomination battles, and a remarkable, netroots funded polling project. I became a Democratic committeeperson, and Matt started the netroots ActBlue page. We published a major paper on the blogosphere for The New Politics Institute, and changed the way some polling firms asked their questions about Iraq. We went to Live8, made some waves with Hotline and Chris Matthews. I can hardly count the number of times we seem to have angered the right wing blogosphere. We helped out in TX-28, and dropped the ball in IL-06. I may have gotten Howard Dean in trouble with this post. The Liberal Blog Advertising Network, which I manage, has made money for a lot of progressive bloggers. You guys bought me a laptop too, which I has been my main computer ever since. There has also been a lot of behind the scenes activity that I couldn't possibly have the space to list here.
This was also our best year in terms of traffic and new content. We 300 more front-page posts this year than last year, nearly one per day. We had almost double the number of diaries we had in the first twelve months of Scoop. Our average daily traffic has also nearly doubled over the last twelve months. Overall, we pulled in 7.1 million visits in the last year, and just under 11 million page views in the last year, both improvements on our first twelve months.
What a ride. It makes me very proud to look back on everything that has happened, including the many, many influential posts and actions that were not even mentioned here. It makes me very grateful and deeply humbled to everyone who comes to MyDD and participates in the community. Without the readers, commenters, and diarists, MyDD would be a much lesser place. It also makes me excited for the future. I feel that we are becoming more active, more creative, more engaged, and more in tune with how to make a difference. I feel very strongly the year ahead will be even more prosperous and active that the pervious year. In the end, what really makes someone a progressive is the belief that the ideal for society always lies in the future, and has never occurred in the past. That is the case for MyDD as well.