by Gary North
This is my thousandth article on LewRockwell.com I have already begun work on the first of my next thousand.
You may think "That's a lot of articles." Let's keep this in perspective. Rabbi Jacob Neusner has written over 950books – on average, a book every other week for 40 years. Now, that's output!
I recommend that you begin to work on your first thousand articles, if you haven't begun already. Let me tell you why. And how.
It all began for me when I submitted my first LRC article in May of 2000. I did not imagine that I would have a thousand articles published over the next eleven years. But, one by one, they added up.
This site eats of lots of copy. It publishes about 72 articles a week. That is 3,744 articles a year. That means over 41,000 articles over the last eleven years. So, the editor is always looking for articles. This creates opportunities for writers. Opportunity knocks.
At well over 40,000 articles, LRC has a high Google ranking. Google prefers content-rich sites. There are few sites with more content.
By emphasizing economics issues, but not focusing exclusively on them, LRC has more traffic than a more narrowly focused economics site. The site acts as a magnet for the Mises Institute site. This has led to Mises.org's becoming the most widely visited site in the world on economic theory. It dwarfs the site of the American Economic Association, the site of America's professional economists, which does not even have its own Web domain. Its site is an appendage of Vanderbilt University.
The timing of this site was ideal. It began in 1999, the final year of the economic boom that began on August 16, 1982. On Friday the 13th, 1982, the Dow Jones bottomed at 777. The Mexican government was threatening to default, even nationalizing foreign-owned banks. That got the Federal Reserve to begin to inflate. The stock market boom began. It did not permanently end until March 2000.
The Website of the Mises Institute had gone up in 1995, within a year of the introduction of the graphics-based Web browser, Netscape Navigator. It was a pioneering site. The death of Murray Rothbard in 1995 kept him from seeing the results of the most important educational breakthrough since Gutenberg's development of movable type in the mid-fifteenth century. The LRC site has made Rothbard more famous in death than he had ever been in life.
In a sense, this was fitting. Rothbard's mentor, Mises, died in October 1973, a nearly forgotten figure. The following June, a week-long conference of a handful of Misesian scholars was held in the village of South Royalton, Vermont. Then, in October, Hayek won the Nobel Prize in economics. These two events launched the second phase of Mises' American career. The Mises Website launched the third stage, making him a figure known worldwide.
The timing of the Mises site was perfect. There was not much competition. I started GaryNorth.com in 1996. Something reminiscent of Albert J. Nock's Remnant principle appeared. People found these sites. Word of mouse took over. The first search engine, AltaVista, had arrived in late 1995. It became the Google of its day.
Then came LRC in 1999. It was a hybrid. It was not a blog, featuring the thoughts of one person. It was a series of links of interest to the editor. It still is. But it was not a portal site like the Drudge Report. It was more focused. It was more idiosyncratic.
I learn from and enjoy LouRockwell.com. A very informative site and a whole lot of truth.
Wow, 1000 articles by one man. That is what I would call proficient.