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Another year older

Gosh, doesn’t time fly? Here’s some proof: Today we celebrate our 6th birthday.

It’s hard to pick a highlight out of those six years, but the one most special to us is the way our readers rallied around in May last year when without their support we would have been forced to close our doors. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we were able to meet the costs of the site’s migration to a larger server and the web-hosting fees for another year.

Nothing showed to us how much this site means to so many people. We thanked you then. We thank you again now. You are the reason we are celebrating birthday number six.

Moving along …

When we opened our doors it wasn’t exactly with a bang. On Day 8 we had a whole 48 visitors to the site! Undeterred, we marched on. We had a job to do.

Now after six years we have:

  • Published 7,100 posts;
  • Published 213,000 comments;
  • Welcomed 10,100 commenters; and
  • Attracted almost 20,000,000 site views.

While we are talking about stats, here are a couple of negative ones to include:

  • Our moderators have been busy clearing 799,000 spam comments; and
  • In six years there have been 260,000 malicious login attempts from hackers.

And some amazing records have been set along the way:

  • The most number of visitors the site has received in one day is 218,448;
  • The most views for a post is 432,000 being again for Victoria Rollison’s An Open Letter to Frances Abbott;
  • The most comments for one post is 681, being for Victoria’s An Open Letter to Frances Abbott;
  • Most number of articles – Rossleigh with 1,027; and
  • Most number of comments – Kaye Lee with 16,325.

And our work is not yet done!

In six years we have gone from just a few authors to a proud collection of thirty-two amazing people. Added to that we have published “guest posts” from hundreds of other fantastic writers.

But The AIMN team is far larger than a fabulous collection of writers and commenters. We’ve showed you the “visible”, but what you don’t see is the “invisible”: The people who work behind the scenes. These include:

  • Editors to prepare articles for publication;
  • Moderators;
  • A person to enhance the Search Engine Optimisation of each article;
  • A team of four who share the responsibility of promoting our articles all over Facebook;
  • A person to share the articles on Twitter;
  • A para-legal to review the suitability of “borderline” articles (or to suggest amendments); and
  • A web developer.

We are here because of them, the authors, and you.

It’s our birthday … but you guys and gals deserve the plaudits.

We thank you truly.

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  1. Ken

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    Keep up the good work

  2. RomeoCharlie29

    Those statistics are truly amazing and a tribute to both the site and the quality of the contributors. I admit to being sad that there are, apparently, so many people with either bad intentions or bad comments. So time-wasteful for your team to have to deal with them. This site will continue to be on my must-read list for 2019 so I wish everybody connected with it a safe, happy and prosperous year. A large part of my enjoyment in 2019 will be watching my amazing granddaughter, almost 15 months, transition from baby to little girl and helping satisfy her expanding curiosity.

  3. Bob Kavanagh

    As per Ken. Perspective is everything.

  4. Adrianne Haddow

    Thank you for this forum. It is one of my daily ‘go to’ sites, and I am happy to donate to keep it running, when I am financially able.

    Happy birthday.
    Thanks Michael and Carol, and thanks to all the contributors, and those nameless people who keep the wheels turning.

  5. pierre wilkinson

    Overall, an excellent effort and a great forum. Thank you every one whose contributions allow this page to exist.

  6. helvityni

    Gosh, doesn’t time fly?

    Yes Michael, it certainly does. When you reach a certain landmark, the years seem to start speeding….

    Happy Birthday, AIMN, and all the best for you and Carol…

  7. Hilde Rombout

    Agree with all the above. Heartfelt congratulations to all of you staff, contributes and all of us commentators for the interesting and inspiring articles and comments. A good and prosperous 2019 to the AIMN family.

  8. New England Cocky

    Happy Birthday AIMN. Your objective analyses of current political activities exceeds the now unreliable MSM in relevance and importance. And many thanks to the many posters who share their diverse experience and opinions on these matters. May 2019 bring us a better government than we deserve.

  9. Kaye Lee

    16,325 comments? Gosh I talk a lot. No wonder my house is so messy!

    It’s been quite a ride. Thanks to all who make this such an interesting place to chat and to those who keep us safe while we are here.

    And a particular thanks to Michael and Carol who are willing to spend so much time and money because they care about Australia and our place in the world.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the entire AIMN family.

  10. Keitha Granville

    Fabulous family, thanks for your hard work.

  11. Rossleigh

    Gee, Kaye Lee, make that 16,326!
    😀

  12. Kaye Lee

    Shhhhhhhh don’t tell my husband.

  13. Vikingduk

    Congratulations and thank you for such an informative site. To provide this light in the darkness is a major achievement, the quality of the articles should make MSM journos ashamed of their pathetic offerings.

    And, of course, thanks to the several informed and informative commenters.

    A job very bloody well done.

  14. DIANE Larsen

    My favourite site always look forward to reading your take on current events and people so happy birthday, hope 2019 is a great year for all and if the current pretend government gets the hiding it deserves at the ballot box we may have a chance of fixing the lack of equality in this country

  15. Jon Chesterson

    The AIM Network is my daily go to news site, I find it more informative and stimulating even than ABC, SBS, The Guardian, Washington Post, New York Times, Matilda and a few others I have considerable respect for. And when I compare the standard of journalism, editorial, critique and commentary and the significance of subject matter covered, it leaves News Corp and Fairfax standing like idle zephyrs, bags of wind with egg on their faces almost daily. It astonishes me still that the Daily Telegraph particularly, and the Australian to a lesser degree seem to get into every coffee shop in metro NSW, and I believe this is one of the key reasons why so many Australians fall over on the rampant lies, boring fiction and propaganda they are spoon fed daily. What’s worse people actually buy these rags and read them on the train when they could be reading poetry – Just bloody amazing!

    Just think how much better informed, fair and open minded, and constructive critical people would be if the AIM Network was visible in every one of these coffee shops instead of those monsters recking our democracy, fashion and culture – May be one day there will be an AIM News App that flashes across the LCD screens of our new age coffee houses, where once informed social and philosophical debate took place, rather than the blind commercial fast food feeds and slogans of the corporate empire.

    May the foundation you have laid, grow to replace these weeds and frauds. May the NETwork grow, become ever more INclusive and reflective of people’s daily lives and the important issues that affect them, ethical responsible journalism, without which there is no informed democracy or debate, and without this there is no good* leadership or government.

    May the AIM Network continue to champion the spirit of good* journalism.

    ‘Good’ – without qualification these days so often sounds wishy-washy, but like much of our fair language, such words and their meaning have been undermined and bled dry. But for me good has meaning; it echoes many constructs: Benevolent, for the better, genuine, constructive, fair, universal or egalitarian, unconditional, respectful, trustworthy, honest, truthful, balanced, meaningful, useful, helpful, kind, generous, friendly, clear, effective, inclusive, insightful, humble and even wise; it conveys both the spirit of intent as the thought or act itself – What other word conveys so much?

  16. Terence Mills

    Thanks to all concerned for continuing to shine a light into dark corners that Newscorp strenuously avoid talking about.

  17. Diannaart

    The mainstream media’s loss is AIM Network’s gain.

    With that thought in mind, no matter how much Murdoch offers, don’t sell out.

    Will add again to the coffers next pay day.

    Michael and Carol, excellent work in very challenging times.

  18. Michael Taylor

    Thank you all for your words of support. To say that Carol and I have been touched by your sentiments, would be an understatement.

    You make everything worth the effort.

  19. corvus boreus

    Michael,
    I offer my profound personal thanks to both you and Carol for your selflessness of spirit in providing this community platform, and extend gratitude to the elves who work behind the scenes to help keep the boat afloat and the pirates at bay (260,000 attempted hacks?!)…
    All too often we, who take appreciative turns on this hub of communication, can also tend to take it for granted.
    This year, verse providing, I’ll try to offer you some actual lodgings to make up for the last few years of squatting rent-free.
    Meantime, my sincere appreciation for your gracious and generous hospitality.
    Go raibh mile maith agat, mo chara

  20. Florence Howarth

    Congratulations. They said we can’t make a difference. Time has proven those who criticise wrong. Keep up the good work Michael & Carol.

  21. Presser#1

    Congratulations to AIM, the contributors and especially the below the line commentators. It cheers this old journo immensely to see your good work continuing in the face of the deplorable MSM and the bedraggled ABC.

  22. corvus boreus

    paul walters,
    ‘So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again.
    The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.’
    (Roger Waters, ‘Time’)

    To continue the theme of lapsing time, here’s Tennessee Ford with ’16 tonnes’;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCen9-RELM

  23. paul walter

    Yes Corvus. A rigged game…the pics were fascinating.

    Wait, what is this? . Bobbie Gentry, must listen one last time.

    Back to Floyd

    ” And then one day you find
    Ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run
    You missed the starting gun.”

    ……………………………………………..

    Still Corvus’ music yields up….”Papa Was a Rolling Stone”.

  24. Kaye Lee

    The road is long
    With many a winding turn
    That leads us to who knows where?
    Who knows where?
    But I’m strong
    Strong enough to carry him
    He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

    So on we go
    His welfare is my concern
    No burden is he to bear
    We’ll get there
    For I know
    He would not encumber me
    He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

    If I’m laden at all
    I’m laden with sadness
    That everyone’s heart
    Isn’t filled with the gladness
    Of love for one another

    It’s a long, long road
    From which there is no return
    While we’re on the way to there
    Why not share?
    And the load
    Doesn’t weigh me down at all
    He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

  25. wam

    The earliest I can find is August 2013 but I was mentally crook and my words vicious and rude and you zapped me

    I have recovered somewhat and no longer offend, I hope???
    Micheal 7 jan 2014
    A quote from ‘he’??
    – Letter to the AIMN Team:

    IT’S TIME! – TO STOP . . .
    Stop accusing the LNP of “BREAKING ELECTION PROMISES”
    Stop accusing the LNP of “RORTING TRAVEL ENTITLEMENTS”
    Stop accusing the LNP of “HYPOCRISY OVER THE DEBT CRISIS”

    IT’S TIME! – TO START . . .
    Start thinking about “MISLEADING & DECEPTIVE CONDUCT”
    Start thinking about “FRAUDULENT MISAPPROPRIATION”
    Start thinking about “SEDITIOUS INTENTION”

    A federal watcher would scare the hell out of some of the lnp crooks especially those that know they are crooks??

    You and Carol have had great fun and have given me many images.
    Amongst the best, Tony is good with unprocessed vegies like onions but picture this from the early days:
    Sept 5 2013 One of our correspondents has recently been contacted by a source close to the Liberal Party with allegations that Tony Abbott has been witnessed swearing at a can of peas.
    He was observed, and I quote; “lost it” when battling unsuccessfully with the can opener before hurling the half opened can at the kitchen wall.
    oops ‘wall’ what a president the septics have elected???? ‘All he thinks of is we are going to win

  26. Ian Hughes

    The AIMN is part of my daily news reading, one of 6 independent news sites which open automatically when I start my browser. No MSM for me!

    Happy birthday to all who make AIMN such a valued source of news, opinion and analysis.

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