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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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I agree

Amazon is my favorite place to shop.

Front page this and you will

Front page this and you will receive many blessings

Michael Nystrom's picture

That just happened!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFksP7772d4

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I Think You should Try Selling Legal Marijuana

They now have all natural ingredient legal smoke that is better than a mj high. Made from plant material imported from the Amazon. I am not talking about JWH, which has become prohibited in most states,even though they do not have a test to detect it in its different forms. I come from Michigan and stores for the legal stuff are popping up all over. Strangely, none down here on my vacation stay in Miami. It is cheaper than high grade mj. Where I buy it in Michigan, the cops have certified it as saleable, and the store is always busy.

Is what you are talking about "cannabis" or "incense"?

Is it only from the Amazon?
Do you have a link?

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

I like the LIKE button.

So what if it's like FB. I likes it.

Ron Paul is My President

Mornin DP!

Lets get to 50% before the weekend!

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

photoshopwiz's picture

michael's beautiful posters

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Buy one. I'm telling you, these are GREAT ...
When I was flush, I bought four of them. :P
www.revolutionaryposters.com/posters/

They are very high quality and extremely handsome.

My Bernanke one with AUDIT stamped on his forehead still makes me laugh! www.revolutionaryposters.com/posters/poster-6.html
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Be bold ~ and mighty forces will come to your aid. ~ Basil King

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thank you wiz

Thank you for buying those. When I was flush, I was making them, ha ha ha. The class where I was using the equipment is out of my budget these days - up to $825 per semester, I think.

Now someone tells me that site has been hacked.

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photoshopwiz's picture

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holy cow ... 825. a semester? Personally I'm a fan of my swell little community college, at 135. a semester ... just as good as my fancy schmancy art school.

You say your site was hacked? I did just see your revolutionary poster site no longer shows your bio ... and the pic of you with long hair!

    I will buy something this week when I get my check! :)
Joη's picture

you guys paid people to teach you art?!
..hm...that came off as an insult, didn't it...
*opens mouth*
*closes mouth*

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

photoshopwiz's picture

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I believe Michael was taking a silkscreening class ...
... and I update my technical skills in photoshop and lightroom over the years. I love going to my local school and I am inspired and learn much by being around other students as well. (Many of the classes I've attended were taught by the head of the photography dept. and she is the best teacher I've ever had. I don't know about you, but good teachers are among the most memorable people in my life.)

School is also a place to network and find work. A teacher can open the door, in that they are also working in their fields and sometimes give work to their best students.
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btw 135. cost was per class

$5 just sent. I wish it

$5 just sent. I wish it could be more, but I'm also in a financial bind at the moment myself... I plan to help out a lot more in the future as soon as I can.

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many thanks brother, I sent what I could as well.

but I am thinking.....I sent it in the wrong manner....

morning bump

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

You're right, I donated last night.

I instantly experienced freedom from spending the donation.

:P

I was waiting for that whole rabbit rabbit thing

To pan out, but you can count me in !

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Michael Nystrom's picture

Rabbit Rabbit

I think it is working!

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sell an archive disk

Or stickers, like you have done in the past.

$5 for a sticker in an envelope, not a bad idea.

How many donors have you had in the past?
500? 1000?

Cryptome.org gives people a DVD archive of their site for a donation of $25 or more. With permission to reproduce it.

You make good posters, but $50 may be a bit steep for many of us. If you can make more, sell more and make then $20 a piece, perhaps that'd help you.

PS, IsupportRonPaul.com has been hacked with virus alerts.

Posters - Good as Gold?

The posters are an investment. Those on here who were marching in the streets having the fun of their lives, will, in about 25 years, be wealthy-enough to spend several times more (in whatever currency we're using at that time) than you paid, just to have a reminder on the wall.

When I think about what I'm selling now that has value (e.g., Zorkmids, Infocom games, my Tron laserdisc), it is usually something that a teen or 20-something LOVED, 25-30 years ago.

Speaking of which, the TRON laser just sold (for about half its original price, but pretty good for an obsolete technology), so I'm chipping in as soon as it ships.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I think I'll settle for

I think I'll settle for holding my gold coins to appreciate several times more :)

idea

A site I use that is called www.battlestrats.com a gaming website has a unique setup for their website. They have an articles section which allows the users to submit articles and/or include videos, which the moderators then approve. (Similar to putting on the front page for the DP). Anyways I thought it was a pretty interesting setup and allows you to submit the articles to news aggregates easier as a link to an article and not just a forum post.

If you wish to head over there and look around, TheRedDragon is the founder of the website.

Didn't know till I watched one of his gaming vids, that I had to do a double take when I saw him wearing a Ron Paul Revolution shirt.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Interesting - thank you.

I'll look into it.

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Michael

I will send you a $100 when I get paid, I got to drop a $200 on C4L, and I am late on when I said I would send them some cash. My friend owns a site in Cleveland Ohio that gets about 10 million hits a month and I could probably get you a link on his site for pretty cheap if you are interested, please let me know. Keep up the great work Michael, onward we go!!!!!!!!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Tog

Yes, thank you, please tell me more about your friend's sie.

Thank you for your all of your encouragement and contributions through the years.

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Bump for my bed time

Have a great evening everyone and thank you all for the great fun and knowledge here at the DP.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

OPs from DP have been linked in NYT and Drudge

Republicae was contacted by Glen Beck's producers, and others (add in reply).

Free includes debt-free!

Thank you and everyone else

Thank you and everyone else who make this site possible. While not everyone here will agree on every issue, as you said, Ron Paul unites us all. Having a place like the Daily Paul to all meet up is incredible and does not go unappreciated. I'm sure the members and non-members alike who visit this site as part of their "daily" routine will step up and pass this fund raising goal very quickly. People tend to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to liberty as we all showed with the money bombs of late 2007.

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” -George Bernard Shaw