We’ve decided to shut down PartyHardPolitics.com. We’re sorry to see it go, but we’ve decided it’s time to let go of this website and move forward with future endeavors and passions.
But before we go offline, why not have one final look at what we did the past three years? What actually happened after PartyHardPolitics.com went live on a cold, blustery January day in 2011?
We could look back on our stats. Our website had over 25 writers from over 20 different colleges in its peak, spanning multiple continents and countries. The site boasts 549 individual posts, 4,816 comments, 930 tags, and 41 WordPress pages of content. Our most popular article garnered over 20,000 views, and our own David somehow managed to post a whopping 77 times.
We could also look back on our accolades and projects. We live-tweeted and live-blogged debates and speeches, were commented upon by CNN reporters, Congressmen, and a White House Press Secretary, put up numerous viral posts and hosted high-level discussions, and made waves on eminent news sites and papers, from POLITICO.com to The Hartford Courant. Heck, we even broke national news one time.
But much more important than these numerical and specific accomplishments is something else we did, something more abstract: we came together, young people across the country, across the globe even, from all sides of the political spectrum, looking for earnest and productive discussion. We shared our ideas, often off-the-cuff, in hopes that we could persuade and discuss and give our meager opinions a platform. We had no particular party line, no monetary motive. Our agenda was discussion. Our accomplishment was education. And, perhaps most important of all, we had fun.
Because looking back, maybe that’s the message we really wanted to get across. When most of our friends told us that politics was deadly dull, or worse, deadly serious, we wanted to offer an alternative. Of course politics is serious—it affects real people’s lives in meaningful ways. And of course politics can be dull—it turns out that the nitty-gritty details of policy are often the most decisive. But that doesn’t mean that engaging in politics can’t be fun, too. We aimed to show that side of politics—whether it was through our corny jokes (see: our website name), quixotic journalistic practices, impassioned debate, or hopeful attempts at writing something worth reading. If you ever found yourself enjoying our website, then perhaps we succeeded. Perhaps we showed that some young people do care about politics, and want to have a voice; one might even say we showed that they had fun doing it.
In the “About Us” section of our website, we described our unique philosophy: “We subscribe to a concept that politics is really just a couple wild parties—we’re here to guide you through one crazy night.” We’re sad to say the night is finally over, and it’s time to go to bed. But don’t worry—there will always be next weekend.