Happy 10th birthday BlueNC! In blog years, that's ancient and I think we wear it well. Blogging has changed a lot over the years and our audience has changed too. We've seen social media grow in importance and every professional journalist seems to also be a blogger these days. We still see a good deal of traffic here at BlueNC, though our comment section isn't as active as it used to be. With all the changes in how we get our news, BlueNC continues to be the best source for progressive political news and discussions. We thank you all for your continued support.
BlueNC started in the fall of 2005 with Lance and John, two young law students from UNC, and our blogfather, James Protzman. The brilliant Robert Peterson and I soon followed and the five of us formed the core (as in the only people who ever came here) of BlueNC for what seemed like months. I can remember those early days and the excitement of seeing a comment on one of my posts, especially when it came from someone new to the site.
The first post here was by Lance, Meet Robin Hayes. Soon after that post, we met Larry Kissell and we worked tirelessly to get him elected. Larry didn't turn out to be as progressive as we had hoped, but he was a far sight better than Hayes or his successor, Richard Hudson. The next couple of years we worked hard for Democratic candidates and against Republican candidates with a good deal of success.
The early days of blogging were pretty heady, especially as North Carolina was key to the 2008 presidential election and a lot of people were looking in our direction. There were newspaper and radio interviews, and viral blog posts that almost crashed our servers. The best part of the early years were the amazing people who hung out with us here, blogged with us, partied with us, and over time became off-line friends.
In these later years, Steve and James have kept BlueNC going and with the promise of another wave election, we are ready to deliver our best effort to promote progressive candidates and to provide a check to the misinformation that finds its way from the John Locke Foundation into our local corporate media.
With the popularity of the two posts that tracked Democratic challengers during the filing period, it is clear that our readers want greater access to news about candidates and campaigns. The excitement is building as we feel the same positive vibe that accompanied the promise of Democratic waves in 2006 and 2008. We might not take back Raleigh and Washington in one fell swoop, but 2016 promises to be a major step in the right direction and we plan to be there making it easier than ever for our readers to follow their favorite candidates.
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