IPR turns 5; Paulie Turns 41
After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live 5 years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch. TPW limped along for a few months after that, but was never the same.
In the past year, IPR was sold for the second time, this time to Warren Redlich. We have dealt with, and continue to deal with, an increase in troll attacks, and thus more debates on what to do about it, if anything. Some cosmetic changes in site appearance have been made, but a more large scale revision is being planned. Unlike in past years when I took breaks, we currently have Chris Lesiak, Jill Pyeatt and others posting just as many articles as I do when I am here. We’ve finally fixed the problem of author bylines not appearing in the articles when they are not accessed from the index page.
Among sites that are similar to ours, more have come and gone (or come and remained pretty much dormant) in the past year. Ballot Access News is the only one that comes anywhere close to the active commenting “community” we have here.
We no longer have the same sitemeter system for measuring traffic that we did in past years, so traffic comparisons between years and multi-year measures are no longer possible. Four years ago today we had over 3,300 posts and close to 49,000 comments. Three years ago today we had almost 5,500 posts and close to 89,000 comments. Two years ago today, over 8,200 posts and close to 130,000 comments. A year ago, over 9,600 posts and over 162,000 comments. Today we have over 11,100 posts and over 195,000 comments in the course of five years.
By sheer coincidence, since I was not there when the site started, I (Paulie) also turn(ed) 41 just as IPR turn(ed) 5. I can’t immediately think of anything too fun about the number 41, other than 4+1 = 5. Maybe I’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of my 21st birthday and drink accordingly. I’m back on facebook now, and my phone number is still 415-690-6352.
Thanks to everyone who writes for, reads and comments at IPR!