1,376 days ago a handful of us, led by Lynn*, got together to set up The Standard. There was an idea for a strong left-blog to counter the dominance of the Right in the blogosphere.
I reckon we’ve succeeded. We’ve had 413,000 comments and over 13 million pageviews. We’ve had 40 authors over the 3.5 years – 3 of us are left from the start – and 528 guest posts. The community, and the readership, keeps on growing massively.
* lprent: Actually I was dragged kicking and screaming into the project to do the tech side. My other roles arose after that, but they’re still largely about implementation (like moderation and paying the server bills). But it is those 10k posts that keep pulling people into the site. I only write a very few of those – and those are usually rants because I only seem to write when I’m irritated.
But the growth is pretty amazing. This year we have (in google analytics) consistently been running about 25% higher than we were last year before the election period in page views and visitor numbers. And readers are staying longer and reading more pages. Our authors and commentators are obviously talking about what the readers (and themselves) want to know about.