The Daily Paul is like a giant electronic billboard on the side of the global information superhighwaySubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Sat, 01/08/2011 - 19:34
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.