Capitol Hill Blue turns 14 today and the web site continues its place as the oldest, continually-published political news web site on the Internet.
We’ve come a long way since that morning on October 1, 1994, when I took advantage of free web space by my Internet Service Provider and started what was then a few paragraphs of musings about politics.
We’ve weathered a lot of storms over the past 14 years. We’ve come under fire for some of my own incredibly stupid mistakes. We’ve survived campaigns against our site, against our advertisers and against me.
It is said that adversity makes one stronger. If so, we’re in great shape to head into the next 14 years.
The Capitol Hill Blue that you read today is far different from the sparse, one-man activity that started in a den in Arlington, Virginia, in 1994. I’m just one cog in a wheel that puts this whole thing together 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the group of dedicated volunteers who moderate Reader Rant, our popular discussion board, to the columnists who contribute so much to the heart and soul of this effort and to the readers who stuck with us through good times and bad, Capitol Hill Blue is a group effort that reflects a diverse society with widely-differing views on what this country may or may not need.
I’ve had doubts over the years on whether or not the effort was worth the cost in time, energy and money. More than once, I’ve tried to talk away, but I can’t. Capitol Hill Blue is my mistress, the other woman that my wife tolerates and an addiction that no 12-step program can abate, much less cure.
Yes, we’ve made mistakes. No, correct that, I’ve made mistakes. Capitol Hill Blue’s reputation has been hurt in the past because of my willingness to take shortcuts, my inattention to the actions of others and my own ego, vanity and obsessions. Yet we have survived the nay sayers, the doubters and the critics because those who help me put this site out every day of the year and those who continue to read have refused to give up and have overlooked my weaknesses and failings.
In this, my sixth decade of life and CHB’s 14 years of existence, I humbled by such support and loyalty. We’ve been through a lot and we will undoubtedly go through a lot more.
We’re here for the long haul and we hope you — our readers — are as well.
My thanks to Hal, Phil and Rob for their constant contribution to our effort and quality. My thanks to Donna and her talented team of administrators and moderators for their too-often-unrecognized work on Reader Rant. My thanks to others who have helped in the past and moved on. And my thanks to you, our readers.
We’ve made it 14 years and counting and we wouldn’t be here without all of you.