DP Money Bomb Update 2: Goal Met! Thank you everyone!Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 21:30
Update 2: DPer wafflehutguy sent this picture yesterday, and it made my day. This is his study, with three of my posters on his wall.
Update: We made it to the top tonight! Thank you to everyone who donated, and to FreeManOnLand for the last $195 to kick it over the top! I'm going to the post office to collect the checks, and to buy stamps tomorrow. I'll give you all the final tally then. I'll be sending out thank you postcards to everyone who donated, so if the address on your paypal account isn't correct, email me with your address: bull (at) bullnotbull (dot) com so I can make sure to get it to the right place.
I'm working on the site upgrade currently with the programmer. We're getting new server digs as well, donated by longtime DPer NCMarc and his hosting company FalconInternet.net, which will save us hundreds of dollars each month. Thank you Marc.
Thank you all for this wonderful community.
The Daily Paul is one of the last remaining, independent, dedicated Ron Paul sites on the internet, a remnant of the tremendous grassroots activity that spontaneously emerged around Ron Paul's 2007/08 presidential run that was so well documented in the film For Liberty. The DP is proof that the grassroots support for Ron Paul and his peaceful message of individual liberty is large, real, and not going away.
Not only does this site serve as a community meeting place, it is watched closely by the MSM. During the campaign we got mentions in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones and others. More recently, we all remember when ABC News showed a screenshot of the Daily Paul for several seconds in one of its evening stories. And when sunny first posted that HR1207 reached 290 cosponsors, the New York Times called Dr. Paul's congressional office for confirmation! Great news, the Times reads the Daily Paul! Further, the Daily Paul has an Alexa US traffic rank of 5,918. This means that out of the tens of millions of sites on the web, the DP is the 5,889th most popular site in the US. Not bad for a site with no employees and a shoestring budget!
All of this is possible because of each one of you. Thank you all for making the Daily Paul what it is, and continuing to do so. Our merry disorganized band of activists remains a force to be reckoned with across the country. This is the power of the internet.
I realize that without a view from behind the scenes, it looks like the DP just appears out of thin air, and rakes in dough from all the ads. I wish that were true. This site requires considerable effort on the part of myself, as well as the all volunteer mod squad to keep it going. Freedom, as the saying goes, is not free.
The Daily Paul is in dire need of a software upgrade. A lot of people have been complaining about the new spam filter, which is the best I can do given the limitations of the current software. There are other problems as well, and much more that the DP could be. At the moment, my hands are fairly tied. The DP runs on Drupal 5, which puts it close to two upgrade cycles behind the curve, meaning there are many powerful features that the site is missing out on. I'm generally of the “if its not broke, don't fix it” mindset, but in this world, it is important to keep up with the times. This month's Wired cover story The Tragedy of Craigslist made a unique impact on me. Even though Craigslist remains the most popular website in a variety of categories, the tragedy, according to the story, is its failure to evolve. This is a pitfall we cannot afford to slip into if we want to continue to grow our movement and spread our message.
I am committed to keeping this the Daily Paul online and being in the strongest position possible to support our liberty candidates in the 2010 elections, as well as Ron Paul's bid in 2012. This site is good, but it could be better and making it so will cost money. I'm not a programmer, so this job is something I'm going to have to outsource, and is going to run about $7,000 to do right. That may or may not sound like a lot of money to you. Software development is not cheap, and this is not a trivial task.
Please support this project with your donations. Also feel free to chime in below with any improvements and/or new social networking features you'd like to see on the site, as well as how to make the DP self sustaining.
I've set up a chipin for this little moneybomb. If you love this site, please donate to improve it and keep it going strong. If you cannot donate, please remember to make any of your amazon purchases via this link: www.dailypaul.com/amazon The DP will benefit with no cost to you.
If you would like to make a donation by check, you can find the address on the donation page: www.dailypaul.com/donate
The Daily Paul is a community resource. I am the keeper of this resource, and do my best to serve the community and our cause. In this case, I need your help.
Thank you for your continued support.
Keeper of the Resource