IPR turns 6 Years Old; Paulie Turns 6 for the 7th time

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six 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 we have had more site layout changes, more troll attacks, more debates about how to handle them, and, for the first time since some time in 2008 I am no longer an admin here; indeed the only admins left are members of the Redlich family (our current owners). I am also no longer posting the bulk of the articles, but am still recruiting most of the new writers, still posting the most comments, still forwarding many of the stories posted by others to IPR, and still posting a good number of articles at times when I am not busy with work and a few here and there when I am. Our current busiest author is Jed Ziggler. He is a new IPR author within the past year, IIRC, but has been a reader and comment participant for longer than that. Neither myself nor Jed were here when IPR started – I joined within a couple of months – but, by complete coincidence, today is also my birthday (turning 21 is even better the second time around) and Jed’s is on Friday (he’ll be three to the third power).

Among sites that are somewhat similar to ours, I’ve lost track as to whether any more have come and gone (or come and remained pretty much dormant) in the past year. Ballot Access News, which was the first, 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 once did, so traffic comparisons between years and multi-year measures that I used to do in this annual threads are no longer possible. Five years ago today we had over 3,300 posts and close to 49,000 comments. Four years ago today we had almost 5,500 posts and close to 89,000 comments. Three years ago today, over 8,200 posts and close to 130,000 comments. Two years ago, over 9,600 posts and over 162,000 comments. One year ago today we have over 11,100 posts and over 195,000 comments, and as of right now we are at 13,262 posts and 221,870 comments.

For my birthday, I (Paulie) bought myself six bitcoins in honor of IPR’s sixth, bought myself a package to the LP National Convention, and received one other present so far – word from the Bibb County, Alabama probate judge that we have been certified for the ballot there, along with Jefferson and Chilton counties which were already certified previously. We are currently working on completing Shelby, Coosa and Blount counties by June 3rd (6/3). If all six counties are succesfully completed we will have a Congressional candidate in Alabama US House district six, Aimee Love. We have also so far nominated twelve other candidates, and will hopefully nominate some more at two or more additional meetings, including one tonight at the J. Clyde in Birmingham at 1312 Cobb Ln. (tent area in the back). This is the first time in twelve years that Alabama will have multiple LP candidates on the ballot.

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20 thoughts on “IPR turns 6 Years Old; Paulie Turns 6 for the 7th time

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    Well, happy birthday to Paulie, and congratulations to our site! I guess I can’t call myself a newbie anymore, since I’ve been around since March of 2011 and that’s more than half of our lifetime.

    I’m hoping the next six years are just as informative and entertaining!

  2. NewFederalist

    Hoo-Rah and Good-O! Both to the site and to Paulie. I will enjoy a second glass of warm milk in honor of both before going to bed a 7 pm as usual. (Perhaps earlier due to ALL this excitement!)

  3. Antirevolutionary

    Happy birthday to Paulie and to IPR! I’m glad that a few of us, like myself and NewFederalist, who have been around since nearly the beginning, are still here.

  4. Joe

    Happy Birthday Paulie! Wishing you all the very best, including 6 more years of FUN here.

    joe

  5. Jed Ziggler

    Happy Birthday to Paulie & IPR! I won’t be as active this week, I’ll be busy with family stuff. It’s been a hectic few days. Thanks to all in our little community, and let’s help grow this site and expand our reach!

    United We Stand: for liberty, for justice, for solidarity

  6. langa

    Happy Birthday Paulie!

    As for IPR, as someone who has been here since the very early days, I can say that there have definitely been a lot of changes between then and now, and sadly, many of them have been for the worse, at least in my opinion.

    Nevertheless, while I may disapprove of the direction that the site has been moving recently, it is still quite an accomplishment to have remained relevant for so long. Six years on the Internet is an eternity, so congratulations to IPR!

  7. William Saturn

    Happy Birthday to Paulie, Jed, and IPR. Coincidentally, mine is on Saturday.

  8. NewFederalist

    “Happy birthday to Paulie and to IPR! I’m glad that a few of us, like myself and NewFederalist, who have been around since nearly the beginning, are still here.”

    AR/CatTrot: I came over from TPW. When did you arrive?

  9. Andy

    Yeah, I remember the old Third Party Watch. I posted there regularly up until Richard Viguerie purchased the site and they started censoring comments that were critical of Bob Barr, then Third Party Watch basically turned into Turd Potty Watch, as the site quickly went down the drain and all of the cool kids started posting at this new site called Independent Political Report.

  10. paulie Post author

    Thanks everyone! I had fun at J Clyde and we got 3 more candidates nominated….that’s 16 and counting, all from an area with less than a million people and maybe half a million voters or less.

  11. Jeremy C. Young

    I came over from TPW as well, so that makes me one of the “old-timers.” I don’t post much any more, but I’m glad to see this site continues to thrive! Thanks, all!

  12. Thomas L. Knapp

    Belated happy birthday to IPR and to Paulie (I haven’t visited IPR in a couple of weeks and missed it).

    Wow … it seems like more than six years.

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