Happy Birthday to us: 8 years old today

libdemvoice8 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 you, 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 was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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4 Comments

  • David Evershed 27th Aug '14 - 7:53pm

    Congratulations to LDV on its birthday and to its volunteers for the high quality and timeliness of the articles.

    LDV provides a useful forum for Lib Dems and others to respond to the articles with what are frequently thoughful and enlightening comments.

  • Eddie Sammon 27th Aug '14 - 8:09pm

    Lib Dem Voice is more powerful than the Lib Dems poll ratings would suggest and it is only a matter of time before the polls begin to catch up :).

    Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.

  • Richard Dean 27th Aug '14 - 8:29pm

    What David Evershed wrote.

  • Stephen Donnelly 27th Aug '14 - 10:45pm

    Thank you to the volunteers who make this possible. I appreciate that it takes a lot of time to moderate, organise and run a web site that lets the likes of me to make comments that I should sometimes have spent more time considering.

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