OTB Turns 10
It has just occurred to me that today marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of OTB.
I started the site with an “I’m here” posting at 9:37 am on the old blogspot service. About a quarter of the posts the first few weeks were bitching about the old blogspot service. I finally launched at this domain on April 4th.
Since then, we’ve published 38,723 posts—23,388 by yours truly—and 884,905 reader comments.
I can give a qualified congratulations. Qualified because OTB could work harder at being “smart of the day.”
Are we all invited for cake? Happy birthday.
@Moosebreath: Here’s yer cake Bullwinkle!
I don’t know if this is a birthday or an anniversary, but in either case: Congratulations!
Many more happy returns!
Way cool. Many happy returns. And thanks.
This should go on the main page. You know the percentage of blogs that survive 10 years? Not 1%. Not one tenth of one percent. (I’ve failed four times.)
This is still the most interesting overall politics blog around. You cover a wide swath of material, you and the other writers continue to be interesting and engaged, and unlike most blogs you have the balls to tolerate an often critical comments section.
Hell yes. 10 years. Enjoy a celebratory beverage.
Time flies, yes?
The cake is a lie.
Happy Birthday, gents.
A decade of political insight, thank you! Although I’ve only been reading this site for about half that time.
@michael reynolds: Thanks. I meant to actually have a substantive post ready to go on this but didn’t have one in me.
I have to congratulate you, James. Its a bona fide accomplishment. I have to also sincerely congratulate Doug M, Dr Taylor, and Dave S (on foreign policy), especially, for their very significant (prolific, really) contributions. (Oh, and I miss Alex Knapp and Dodd) And hey, now the important stuff, maybe someday I’ll win Rodney’s Caption Contest!!
I still read most of the essays – agree or disagree – but just can’t stomach the commentariat anymore, which seems to have an IQ these days closer to your anniversary number than any other whole number.
Its a shame. Best of luck for another 10, you have a very fine site going here.
The first ten years are the hardest.
Congratulations and best wishes going forward.
You guys do a good job of posting and opining on the issues, and … to be honest, it seems to me that there is very little flame-throwing and “mouth-breathing” that goes on here icompared with other blog spots.
A mighty fine accomplishment.
Love the site, the people and the heated discussions! Thanks for 10 great years, looking forward to the next 50
OTB turns 10, Drew turns 15. Congratulations to both.
It also has the most intelligent and sexiest team of blog commenters.
When I think of us collectively “sexy” is absolutely the first word that comes to mind.
Especially with that avatar. Yowza! *does that weird wolf thumping thing that cartoons used to do. You know, like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbUpGoOjFWw *
There is no cake, there is no ice cream.
Congratulations! Ten years is forever in Internet time.
Congrats Dr. J.
It certainly doesn’t seem like 10 years but it’s been a fun ride.
Congratulations! This is one of my favorite political blogs, and provides an awesome forum for a diverse and engaged group of bloggers and commentators. Can’t wait to celebrate your 20th anniversary!
Congrats and keep up the good work. I’m happy, you’re happy, and most of the commentators are happy except for people like Drew–probably because we in the peanut gallery are very good at demolishing his arguments.
So, you’re that guy who shows up at a party unannounced, then throws up on the kitchen floor, urinates on the lawn, then leaves while complaining that the place smells?
Wow. 10 years. That seems like an eternity in Internet time–kind of like “doggie years”: every year is actually, like, 7 years in human time.
Anway, congratulations, James. Here’s to another 10 Internet years (= seemingly 70 years human years)!