- Vanessa Bryant files a lawsuit against helicopter company after deaths of Kobe and Gianna Monday 5:49 PM
- Michael Jordan cries at Kobe Bryant memorial, jokes about creating a new meme Monday 4:43 PM
- Woman’s boyfriend says it’s him or the frogs—Reddit says choose the frogs Monday 4:22 PM
- Greyhound buses will no longer allow Border Patrol checks Monday 4:04 PM
- ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ is oddly about vegetables—not about eating the rich Monday 3:26 PM
- Marco Rubio mocked for filming talking while driving socialism critique Monday 2:54 PM
- QAnon believer asks Trump’s campaign press secretary who Q is Monday 2:36 PM
- Octavia Spencer has discovered ‘Ma’ memes—and she can’t get enough Monday 2:09 PM
- Meet the anti-Greta Thunberg, a climate ‘skeptic’ funded by the oil industry Monday 1:12 PM
- Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault Monday 12:56 PM
- Senator calls Facebook’s current election disinformation efforts ‘inadequate’ in letter Monday 12:11 PM
- The Phillie Phanatic mascot unveils a slimmer makeover Monday 11:56 AM
- YouTuber threatened with arrest after rapping about being a girl from Mecca Monday 11:55 AM
- Video shows flat-Earther ‘daredevil’ crashing to death after homemade rocket fails Monday 11:49 AM
- Cardi B defends Dwyane Wade’s daughter during Instagram Live Monday 11:45 AM
Our words in a picture: It’s all about you
If you haven’t read all our lofty words, you can at least get a pictorial representation of what we’ve said over the year.
The Web was full of interesting people participating in all manner of things this year—both good, and bad. During our first year as a functioning publication we’ve been there to cover it all.
Our lofty goal of creating “the paper of record for the Internet,” has taken us far and wide. As a result, we’ve been there to celebrate the highs, comment on the lows, and marvel at the spectacle at every twist and turn.
Our founding vision was to cover citizens of the Web with the same love, skepticism, respect, and enthusiasm as a traditional newspaper might cover the citizens of a bustling, growing metropolis. As a team, we’ve consistently found this vision to be larger, and more rewarding, than we ever could have imagined.
Each time I point our wordcloud tool at the corpora of this year’s Daily Dot content, the result is slightly different. The weight of our words remains a constant but, the placement is a bit random on each attempt. After several pseudo-random rolls of the wordcloud dice, I chose to pick this version to represent our first year on the Internet for one simple reason. People.
In any version of statistical analysis applied to our content this year, one word places at or near the top of the list: people. And, after all is said and done, that’s what we’re about—because that’s what the Web is about: people. It’s the good and bad in all of us, connected at the speed of light and multiplied by the forces contained within us all.
We live in and report upon what certainly ranks among the most interesting times to be alive in the history of sentient bi-pedal beings (who happen to have the ability to write things down for posterity.)
So, as we endlessly tumble around a little yellow star in a great big galaxy, I know I’ll remember this year for many revolutions to come. Because, as Hunter Thompson once wrote:
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
And, that’s exactly what we did.
Cheers to a first year executing an idiom our CEO, Nick, loves to use as a sign-off for internal email dispatches—“Rollin’ pro.” And, to another year covering the dateline known simply as, “today, on the Web.”
Grant Robertson is a software engineer and product manager, but he started his career at the Daily Dot as a senior editor focused on data-driven journalism. He previously served as an editor for Download Squad and AOL's Digital Music Weblog.