A Hot Air birthday

posted at 10:51 am on October 24, 2006 by Michelle

Six months ago today, Hot Air went live. The timestamp on our first post: 4:15am.

We haven’t slept since.

Since the left-leaning technology elite won’t toot our horn, I want to take a few moments to give you a brief progress report. In half a year, we’ve gone from zero to Technorati’s 43rd top most-linked blog in the blogosphere. We have no venture capital angels. No Soros. No Scaife. No Hollywood sponsors. No big media or corporate backers. Just us, our ideas, our sweat equity, our cramped basement studio, and some very maxed-out credit cards.

I’m blessed to have the most indefatigable, creative, and entrepreneurial team around. Can’t say enough about Bryan Preston’s skills as video whiz/blog essayist/content developer and Allah Pundit’s gifts as unrivaled blog deity/Photoshopper/newshound/agent provocateur. Adding Ian Schwartz, formerly of The Political Teen, to our Internet garage band not only lowered the average age of the Hot Air team, but also turbo-boosted our video clip offerings and traffic (thanks to some quirky, massive Drudge links). Before Hot Air, my insomnia was a solitary condition. Now, I’ve got constant company into the wee hours of the morning. All four of us are incurable night owls. Hot Air never rests!

I must also salute Mark Jaquith, our brilliant webmaster (and spirited contrarian commenter and fellow nocturnal creature), who is the best in the business. Peter Flaschner and the Blog Studio helped get us off the ground. Cachefly and Rackspace provide sturdy hosting services. Cox and Forkum supplied our mascot. Ed W. has generously assisted us with studio set-up and technical matters.

The visionary Henry Copeland and his Blogads team have done a fabulous job on the business end. I want to thank all of our traditional and video advertisers, especially Doug at Thoseshirts.com, who sponsored Vent during our debut week.

Those of you who are newer to Hot Air may have missed the cutting-edge animation of Doug TenNapel and his associates, who contributed fantastic cartoon shorts for us at launch time.

One of the best perks of Hot Air is being able to meet and work with so many talented content providers around the world. Many thanks to our Hot Air affiliates for sharing their work, news scoops, and video: Charles Ryder, No Pasaran, Brian Maloney, David Lunde, Moonbat Media, Sanctuary, Suitably Flip, and Shire Network News.

Thanks to our pioneering substitute hosts, regular show hosts, special correspondents, and contributors: Jeff Goldstein, Robert Spencer, Clint Taylor, Bethany and Steve from realVerse, Mary Katharine Ham, RightWingSparkle, Freedom Folks, La Shawn Barber, and Kirsten Powers. A special word of thanks to godfather of the blogosphere, Glenn Reynolds, for his linkage to our work.

Deepest gratitude to all of you who visit the site, contribute comments, and provide tips and support every day. Like some babbling Oscar winner being rushed off the stage while the pit orchestra starts playing loud exit music, I know I must be forgetting others out there. Thanks to you, too.

Last but not least, I want to say thank you to my hubby, Jesse. He’s the Ricky Ricardo to my Lucille Ball–always tolerating my latest cockamamie schemes with a mixture of bemusement and trepidation.

Me: “Honey! I’ve got an idea: I want to start an Internet video broadcasting network with the blogger from Junkyard Blog and another guy named Allah Pundit!”

Jesse: “You wanna do whaaa…with who???!!!”

Behind the scenes, Jesse is the number one Hot Air cheerleader/green-eye-shaded business guy /disciplinarian who keeps Hot Air’s feet on the ground so the team can keep reaching for the stars.

We’ve got much more in store for you as Hot Air continues to expand. As always, stay tuned.

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Michelle & Jesse, AP, BP, IS, MJ, all associates and commenters, from the Right and from the Left, and all subjects who provide fodder for our enlightenment and entertainment:

Thank you

Entelechy on October 24, 2006 at 6:54 PM

Congrats gang! This site is the most refreshing v/b/log. And it’s even better when you invite the whole extended “family” aboard.

Thanks for inviting me to participate in what little quirky comments I can squeak out. :o)

Coronagold on October 24, 2006 at 7:26 PM

Six months? So that’s the last time I slept!

Bryan on October 24, 2006 at 7:39 PM

I’ve enjoyed Hot Air since Day 1. Keep up the fantastic work.

Tom Shakely on October 24, 2006 at 8:14 PM

Opps! Sorry I missed your comment about Flotsam and Jetsom.

Your answer, although certainly not right, can’t be proven to be wrong either.

So that, plus your comment about fingerprints entitles you to a 7 day round-trip, all expenses paid vation from your location to the HotAir website!!

Or a new car.*

Your choice.

* (Offer expires at October 24, 2006 9:40 pm, eastern standard time. Car prize is subject to availability. Taxes and registration fees are not covered. Your milage may vary.)

EFG on October 24, 2006 at 9:37 PM

Dang it, I forgot to add that the above comment is directed to shooter.

Did I mention that the preview button would be an awesome thing?

EFG on October 24, 2006 at 9:39 PM

May God Bless Michelle … Allahpundit … Bryan … Ian and the entire Hot Air staff.

Thanks for what you do !!

Maxx on October 24, 2006 at 10:02 PM

Hot Air is, by far, one of the best blogs I’ve read. Congratulations for a great idea whose time came just in time!

thedecider on October 24, 2006 at 10:12 PM

Can’t imagine a better way to have spent the last six months. Here’s to many many more. Congrats and thank’s.

rockdalian on October 24, 2006 at 10:18 PM

“All four of us are incurable night owls. Hot Air never rests!”

You’re all night owls. Interesting. How many of you are lefthanded? I’m just playing a hunch here, you understand.

Kralizec on October 24, 2006 at 11:38 PM

AllahPundit: blog deity and agent provocateur

That might be a good tee-shirt slogan.

Kralizec on October 24, 2006 at 11:40 PM

The timestamp on our first post: 4:15am.

That was a long day. I passed out on the sofa, swimming in a sea of empty Coke cans.

It’s been a great experience. Technically challenging and personally engaging. Looking forward to seeing the site grow even more!

Mark Jaquith on October 25, 2006 at 1:02 AM

A brilliant project, and not at all cockamamie. In retrospect, HotAir.com was the obvious next step in the Malkin franchise. First, column. Then TV. Then Web site. Then books. Then blog. (I may have the order confused.) Now, the vlog.

It’s about branding and complementarity.

Next? I suggest: A huge 4th of July blog convention/party, the right-wing answer to YearlyKos.

There is no conservative blogger on the planet who would want to miss a Malkin-organized 2-day event, say July 3-4, featuring panels, seminars, book signings, appearances by talk-radio hosts, Fox TV personalities, perhaps an ’08 presidential wannabe or two … Sort of a summer mini-CPAC with an online focus?

Ali-Bubba on October 25, 2006 at 6:54 AM