One Year Blogiversary

It's hard to believe it has already been a year. Looking back at the early archives brings back fond memories. The blog was started with high hopes. I had come to a point in my life at which I had marginally more free time than I usually do, and decided to take part in something that I witnessed changing the political debate: the blogosphere. Blogging represented a growing medium by which libertarian ideas could be spread to the mainstream. Months go by with even hearing the word "libertarian" spoken on television, except in conjuction with "civil", which results in a meaning that has little to do with the defense of free markets and property rights. Yet, on the internet, libertarians are everywhere. If you see one in broad cyber-daylight, you know there are five or six others hiding in the shadows ready to pounce.

So I asked two people I knew from an internet message board - Brian and Doug - if they were interested in starting a blog, and the rest is history. I was just an average guy on a message board who wanted to change the public conversation a little bit. We started out by getting fifteen unique visits or so a day. That number has nearly risen a hundred-fold over the year. None of us are well-known journalists, personalities, or professors (yet), but we still enjoyed solid growth over the year. The fact that our readership has grown confirms to me that people are willing to listen to radical ideas, if they are presented rationally.

Over the months we have added a lot of talented writers who share many of the same views while sometimes differing on the underlying approaches. The cross-pollination and mixing of ideas that happens when people of different philosophies come together to argue with each other has taught me much. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

The blogosphere continues to be a growing medium whose expansion has no end in sight. The people who understand it and grow within it will gain market share in the zeitgeist of political culture. Clueless old media is losing ground; what an opportunity.

Thank you to all the readers and bloggers out there who have made Catallarchy an enjoyable hobby and successful blog.

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One of my everyday reads and

One of my everyday reads and I haven't been disappointed yet.

A great blog.

A great blog. Congratulations!

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Congratulations! Always great reading here.

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Happy Anniversary! Your site

Happy Anniversary!

Your site is one of the three daily stops I've made on the web since last July. I've always found good food for thought here!

My congratulations and good

My congratulations and good wishes from us all at Samizdata.net. You guys consistently write thoughtful, provocative and good mannered stuff covering all kinds of issues. Keep up the good work and remember: Buffy rules!

Keep well and onward for the next 12 months.

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