Happy birthday to Power Line, which is celebrating its fourth year this weekend. Hinderaker remembers Scott Johnson's response to being invited to write for his online journal:
It looks like fun, and I think it will be worth doing even if no one ever reads the stuff I write except you. But I have to tell you, I think the idea that we could ever have any readers for this thing is a pathetic fantasy.
According to Power Line's Site Meter account, the blog has received over 50 million hits in its four years of existence. Currently, the site enjoys an average of well over 61,000 hits a day and as of this writing had received about 18,000 hits already today.
I believe that makes Johnson's statement about future readership about as wrong as he as ever been in the four year history of Power Line.
The depth of their knowledge, dedication to research, and tenacity borne of conviction, coupled with an ability to boil down complicated issues for a mass audience, are all keys to their success. That Power Line is credited with a large role in the rise of the political blogosphere and the impact they have had, especially in the last presidential election, is a point of personal pride for this fellow Minnesotan.
Here's to hoping the next four years make the last four look like peanuts.