Going by pub ids, the first State of Husbki was after 12431 posts, and the second was after 41509 more posts. As this post's id is 125341, we've had 83832 posts since the last. If our growth rate holds, that suggests the next State of Hubski post should be around id 295000.
But, whether the SoH14 post id is 150000 or 1500000, I'll be here writing it.
Back in 2011, when I downloaded news.arc and booted up a clone of Hacker News, it was not my intention to build the next big thing. I had two goals: 1) to teach myself a language other than FORTRAN, and 2) to create a place that I wanted to exist. The first goal was for my benefit, the second goal had something to do with you.
Hubski is not about being a better aggregator. Contrary to popular opinion, Hubski is not about getting right what Reddit gets wrong. Hubski is not the next generation of social media.
Hubski is about good conversations over thought-provoking content.
We do not lack for information. However, despite the technical possibilities, we do suffer from a paucity of places where intelligent people can get together and synthesize this world about us. There is no reason we should only watch and listen.
Most of you that have found your way here know why Hubski exists.
In our effort to adapt and improve the site, we don't always get things right. However, we know what our goal is. That will not change.
This year has been a good one. We have gained many new members that have had a positive influence on the site, and are still graced by many of the old cast that continue to make Hubski the unique place it is. I count many of you as my friends. We had a couple of really great Hubski meetups in 2013, and plans are being made for more in 2014. (BTW b_b and I will likely be in Rotterdam in early May.)
This year forwardslash and insomniasexx joined the Hubski team! It might not be readily apparent, but running this site takes a significant amount of time and effort. Not only have forwardslash and insomniasexx brought invaluable energy and ability to Hubski, but the fact that they 'get it' goes a long way to ensure that we continue to work towards our goal. (They are also extremely fun to be around.) I must also say that we all should thank thenewgreen. The energy and passion that he has given to Hubski has more to do with where are now than any other factor.
We have some interesting things planned for this coming year, some of which we will start discussing soon.
Thanks for being part of Hubski in 2013. The State of Hubski is good this New Years Eve of 2013.
Happy New Year, Hubski!
p.s. I initially drafted this post with a bunch of shout-outs, but it started getting ridiculous. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
p.p.s. If you haven't already, check out the Best of Hubski: 2013.