by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2014
8 years ago today LibDemVoice appeared for the very first time. The first story? ‘Hughes certain to be challenged for party Presidency’. He, erm, wasn’t.
But, still, the site soon established itself as a fixture in the Lib Dem blogsophere thanks to the early efforts of the founding team: Rob Fenwick, Mark Pack, Ryan Cullen, Alex Foster, Will Howells and Richard Huzzey (Ryan and Alex are still with the site to this day).
There was a brief wobble in May 2007, when Rob announced his departure. But a new team stepped up — that’s when I joined — and over the years the team has included a further 14 editorial contributors, all listed here.
My personal thanks to them all: a site like LDV could not survive and thrive without such a willing group of volunteers.
Two further thank-yous are due.
First, to all the many contributors to LDV over the years, both within and beyond the party. We’ve published 19,233 articles over the past 8 years: that’s an average of 46 articles each week. We’ve also published 246,836 comments, an average of 593 a week.
And secondly, of course, to your, our readers: the 3,102,260 of you who’ve visited LDV at least once during the last 8 years.
Here’s to the next 8…
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.