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The Daily Paul is like a giant electronic billboard on the side of the global information superhighway

The Daily Paul will be four years old on January 19th, and just four years prior, a site like this would have been nearly impossible for an individual to create.

In the early 2000’s, websites were completely static. They were simply broadcasts, devoid of any intereactivity, other than the ability email the webmaster. Strange to think, but a decade ago, there was no YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook, and one would have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to custom program a site like the Daily Paul.

Someone recently emailed me with the news that they'd secured a great domain name, and asked if I had any tips on a cheap and easy way to make it into a website like the Daily Paul, or better yet, if I'd like to help. It is not an uncommon for me to receive requests like that. I told him that I was sorry to break it to him, but that running a site like this is neither easy nor cheap. It is, for me, a 24/7 commitment.

To someone without experience in technology or in running a website, it must look easy. Easy as making water appear from your kitchen faucet. You just turn it on - what’s the big deal? Or as Arthur C. Clarke put it, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

But the magic of this site is not just the technology, but the people. Ron Paul brought us together, but it is the people that make this site special. The DP would not be here without you, regardless of your level of participation. And without the help of my crack team of volunteer moderators (the DP Mod Squad), this site would be overrun with spam and awash in flame wars in a matter of days. Without the programming expertise provided by Jaspreet Singh of Digitivity, the site would have ground to a halt long ago, tangled up in its own code. DPer Joη has contributed enhancements to the site that you have already seen, and more that we'll be rolling out soon. Marc Pope of Falcon Internet generously donates the dedicated server that powers the DP, and last year, the DP community bought a second second one in preparation for the coming onslaught of traffic.

As I hope you see, this site is a giant community project. It is not a faceless corporate profit machine, but a unique and special place of people. But there is one person that holds it all together, managing the personalities, the posts, the comments, the technology, the spammers and the flamers. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but that's the way it is. As Jaron Lanier eloquently puts it in, You Are Not a Gadget, "The places that work online always turn out to be the beloved projects of individuals, not the automated aggregations of the cloud." (p. 72)

Here's a look at some key statistics of the Daily Paul, provided by you, all in support of Ron Paul and the message of Liberty.

  • First post: 1/21/2007
  • Total number of posts to date: 153,769 (and counting)
  • Total number of comments: 1,625,351
  • Number of registered users: 32,133
  • Average number of daily visits: 22,729
    Daily page views: 43,219
  • Total number of visits since site inception: 42,403,507
  • Total pageviews: 85,130,455
  • Global traffic ranking (Alexa): 13,205 (i.e. 13,205th most popular site in the world!, out of literally millions!)
  • U.S. traffic ranking (Alexa): 3,665 (i.e. 3,665th most popular site in the U.S. )
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul:" 1
  • Google page result for search term "Ron Paul 2012:" 1
See the Chipin Page
for accurate totals

Now do you see what I see, the giant electronic Ron Paul billboard on the side of the global information superhighway that is the Daily Paul? It is here, serving up a dose of Liberty to thousands of visitors from all over the world 24/7/365. Dr. Paul inspired us, brought us together, and communicated the Message. You’re the ones writing it; I’m the one making sure that the billboard stays clean and brightly lit and doesn’t get vandalized or blown down by the wind.

Whether Ron Paul runs for president in 2012 or not, it is my intention to keep the DP going strong, for as long as possible. But I cannot do it without you. Because of recent legal action against me, I’m in a financial jam. There are still some things that I can't go into publicly, for reasons I can’t discuss. If you want to hear the full story, I'm putting it together into a private report that I'll be email out to anyone who donates at least $5.

The total goal for this fundraising operation, is $7,500 to cover legal expenses. Please use the chipin link, or see the DP's donation page for the snail mail address. Whether I reach that goal or not, I will still need to come up with ways to sustainably fund this project in the future. If you have any ideas, please feel free to email me, and thank you, always and forever, for your support.

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dinner time bump

:)

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

UP you go!

Mornin DP

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Bump

Just sent 100.

My boss is good for a couple more hundred.

Sorry it took so long.

Thanks for the giant electronic billboard that
"goes to 11"....8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeOXsA8sp_E&feature=related

Hellllooooo???? Anybody home?

>:/

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Good morning!

:)

Thanks for the Post Card Michael!


It was a nice surprise.

Michael Nystrom's picture

You're welcome

Thank you for the donation.

Funny, I can't link up people's real names with usernames, so I have no idea who I'm sending the postcards out to.

I'm glad you liked it. I'm sending them out to everyone who donates.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Great ortho image on Postcard. A great 'thank you' card.

Michael,
Elizabeth and I wish you well,
Paul.
PS. All out now, 7+ hrs. Raw apples and carrots to heal-th.

Free includes debt-free!

afternoon bump

for Liberty!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

And another!

Long live DP!!!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

well said my friend

dinner time bump.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Bump and bed

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Free includes debt-free!

middle of the night...

feels good to be in the middle of the night and on Daily Paul eh?

I did it a few times during Money Bomb events...Daily Paul never sleeps!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

ytc's picture

60 (chipin) contributors so far. . .

WHO will be the lucky awesome 61st!?!

Jefferson wins the prize!

:)

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

How about public recognition?

Once implemented, it would cost almost nothing to recognize those that donate, maybe a little time manually to enter donation amounts, much of it could be automated.

For example you could have script to modify the usernames of those that donate depending upon how much they donate.

The first level could be italics, then bold, then multi-colored depending on total donation level.

Of course you would need some coding, or it could even all be done manually if desired, but public recognition is a strong motivator - it's why films have credits, people have titles, world records are kept, stats are recorded, public works recognize donors, museums and libraries are named after people, etc.

ytc's picture

NO, I would hate the list to turn into. . .

a public recognition of bankruptcy or (familial, financial, medical, personal . . . temporary) hardship. . . all to be construed as "stinginess" or "free-loafer mentality".

We are here for LIBERTY. Even for those of us who are suffering in hundreds of possible ways at the bottom of the financial abyss. It's the spirit and the ideas, to FREE us from any such debilitating bondage, that count most, imho.

Agreed..... from the opposite perspective

I understand that the poster is trying to find more motivation for donors.... but most people HERE, I would think do NOT want publicity or "separation" from others who might see them as a "Daddy Warbucks" character (no reference to Angelo!)

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

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coming in at 3 years and 29

coming in at 3 years and 29 weeks I'm proud to know you guys and have the daily paul in my life and all the people that made it happen. I love our Revolutionaries* :)

well said my friend

no other place feels like Daily Paul the heart & home of the rEVOLution!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I think a lot of the

people are sending money by mail to avoid credit cards. When you add it all up I bet we break the thermometer.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you Sandy

I'm going to check the P.O. box tomorrow, and I'll post the updated. I hope you're right!

:)

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

So.... guess there wasn't anything in the P.O. Box yet?

Michael.... can we keep this as the first item seen on the home page???? I think that might be smart... and logical!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

It's only the 9th...

35% plus whatever has been sent via snail mail is not bad at all. You are absolutely correct, at this rate we should exceed the goal.

The world will go on... with all it's good and evil

But will the Daily Paul? Where will we all go if the day should come that the owner of this site decides he can no longer put in the time and effort required for so little financial reward and so many financial and personal risks?

Let's not forget this wonderful "news center", "education center", "activism center", "philosophy center", and "family gathering place" amid all of the events of the day.

Let's keep this bumped guys, so that DP can remain the active and invigorating place it is!

Peace, love, joy and freedom to all!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

dinner time bump

for Liberty!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Midnight bump

bump

Free includes debt-free!

Sunday lunch time bump

for Liberty!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Monday Morning bump

:))

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs