Friday, November 07, 2003
We are Joe Trippi http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?pt=uPrIwAEG7fHpGFSjMCq7tR%3D%3D
That's February. In March, something happens. According to Heiferman, the average pre-Dean Meetup size was between eight and 16 people--"a dozen knitters here, fifteen Harry Potter fans there." But, as Dean's March Meetup rolls around, Heiferman notices that there are 250 people signed up for a single location in New York--just one of hundreds of Dean Meetups set to take place across the country on the same day.
That "something happenned" is actually Dean Nation. William Finkel emailed me about Meetup in early January, asking for a plug (we were already ranked the #1 Google search for "Howard Dean" at the time). We did so, though if you read that post you'll note that we were fairly critical of the campaign for not taking the "netroots" seriously enough.
That plug worked wonders - on Feb 6th, Anna blogged another email from William Finkel, ecstatic about the boost to Meetup numbers. And all during February, we plugged Meetup very hard. IMHO, the single biggest reason that the March 5th meetup in New York drew such an enormous response, was because we learned back on Feb 20th (two weeks in advance) that Dean himself would attend the NYC meetup, and spread the word right here on Dean Nation (at the time of that post, Dean had only 1600 supporters signed onto Meetup). The rest is history.
The take home lesson here is that YOU - the readers of Dean Nation, the ones who read the posts and go to Meetup and tell me I'm completely wrong in the comment sections ;), YOU are the real story. The campaign's success is not about blogs, or even about bloggers. It's about the people who actually visit those blogs, read those bloggers' posts, comment, argue, discuss, link, and ultimately, contribute and meetup. That's YOU. And it's really an honor to be a part of the community that YOU have built.
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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.