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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Looking Back At 2006: The End

In a few short hours, 2006 will be over and 2007 will be here. For billions, the new year has already begun. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, less than a quarter of the day is left until midnight arrives.

Every year has its share of disappointments, and 2006 was no exception. But 2006 was different. 2006 was the year that Democrats finally rebounded and surged to historic, massive electoral victories. 2006 also saw continued and unparalleled growth for the progressive movement, especially in the blogosphere.

Over a thousand posts were typed and published on this blog this year (totaling roughly around 732,000 words, or 3,648,000 characters), while the number of unique visits was four times what it was in 2005.

A year ago I wrote:
So ends 2005. Let us hope that the fortunes of the progressive movement - our fortunes - continue to rise in 2006.
And they certainly did. Overnight, we became the majority party and connected with the electorate. It took hard work to get all those wins and future battles are unlikely to be any easier.

In 2007, our podcast will be one year old, Pacific NW Portal will be two years old, the Official Blog will be three years old, NPI itself will celebrate its fourth anniversary and Permanent Defense will celebrate its fifth.

2006 is over. 2007 is upon us. As the new year dawns, we will look to build on our successes and learn from our defeats. The future is bright and filled with opportunities. It's our job to take advantage of them.

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