Picture of the Day: ATP is 6 Months Old Today

Posted on December 11, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, >Bilal Zuberi, >Owais Mughal, About ATP, Photo of the Day
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Adil Najam, Owais Mughal, Bilal Zuberi

All Things Pakistan (ATP) turns six-months old today.

The very first post on the old (wordpress.com) address was posted on June 11; we celebrated our 100th post on July 16; on August 18 we expanded our core team; and we moved to this new domain and address on September 1.

We keep celebrating these milestones (hopefully) not because we are self-obsessed, but because in many ways we are ourselves surprised by the wonderful roller-coaster ride this has been … and remains. This is the 356th post on the blog, over 30 authors have contributed posts, and nearly 6000 comments have been posted (despite our fairly heavy moderation which culls out a significant number of inappropriate ones); over these six months, our sites (this and the old one) have received some 366,000+ hits; we now routinely get around 1000-1200 individual visits and around 2500-3000 page views per day.

We are thankful to our readers for all of this. But as we have said before, we are even more thankful that a now vibrant community has begun to develop around ATP and its core concept of Pakistaniat.

ATP is an inclusive, but not a monolithic, community. We have our differences (boy, do we!). Sometimes passions flare. Occasionally, people cross boundaries they should not. But, for most part, we have been able to maintain a reasoned and reasonable discussion. For this, we are thankful to all of you.

This has sometimes meant restraining our enthusiasms, learning to disagree without being disagreeable, exercising our own right to opinion by respecting others’ right to the same. Our intent was always to create a community of discussions; but not of rants. The one thing we do not wish to become is another ‘board’ where those on the extreme shout out all others by turning the assumed anonymity of the Internet into a license for battameezi.

We try to make ATP a welcoming space for all views and all discussions. But we have also had to work hard in keeping the language clean, the tone reasonable, and the substance relevant. Most of all, we have tried and will keep on trying, to keep the blog and its discussions staunchly Pakistan-focused – on all aspects of Pakistan, and for all Pakistanis.

Most of all, we are thankful to our readers who have share these values of community. We apologize to those few whose passions we have had to restrain through occasional moderation. We thank those many who have helped create a sense of community. In a community, you do not always agree, but you are always respectful of each other.

We owe a particular debt of gratitude to those who have been with us from the early days; they have literally defined what this blog is by their comments, in many cases by their contribution, and most of all by their regular visitation. We are thankful to all those who have joined us along the way, and keep doing so. We hope that they will also take the time to explore earlier posts (especially by exploring the categories and other archive tools).

Finally, we are thankful for the growth that we have experienced, but growth was never our primary ambition. We measure, and will continue to measure, our success not by the number of readers we attract, but by the strength of community we can foster; not by the ferocity of the debates we generate, but by the commitment to ‘Pakistaniat’ in all its varied dimensions. We hope that we will have your continued support and enthusiasm in fulfilling this mission.

18 Comments on “Picture of the Day: ATP is 6 Months Old Today”

  1. TURAB says:
    December 11th, 2006 2:06 am

    I envy the great success and traffic this website has…. keep it up pakistaniat! and thanks for keeping it real…. Pakistan Paindabad

  2. Eidee Man says:
    December 11th, 2006 2:33 am

    Good work! Now you need a podcast!!

  3. drpak says:
    December 11th, 2006 2:35 am

    This is a wonderful site. Congratulations. May you have many many more anniversaries

  4. December 11th, 2006 2:40 am

    I didn’t know that some of readers visit the site actually don’t live on dry land :> [ref: 2 red dots on extreeme right and left]

  5. December 11th, 2006 2:40 am

    Podcast will not work for Pakistan[low Internet bandwidth]

  6. ayesha says:
    December 11th, 2006 5:24 am

    [quote post="464"]not by the ferocity of the debates we generate, but by the commitment to ‘Pakistaniat’ in all its varied dimensions.[/quote]

    Wonderful sentiment. Brought a smile to my face. :)

    ps. I love the main photo you’ve used for the post.

  7. khalid says:
    December 11th, 2006 5:40 am

    Mabrook or congratulations for wonderful work, Most of the post are very informative.

  8. December 11th, 2006 8:54 am

    ATP is for me a community platform where I learned something new and good, moreover I also got some good friends from here, thanks!

  9. Asma says:
    December 11th, 2006 2:17 pm

    Oh zabardast ….. Just 6 months old and it’s kicking off wonderfully … with the diversity and wits offered here … I’m becoming addicted too :)

    Great work by you ppl and all the guest posters …!

  10. Baber says:
    December 11th, 2006 3:54 pm

    I have finally got rid of my smoking addiction, now I am addicted to ATP.

  11. Eidee Man says:
    December 11th, 2006 5:15 pm

    [quote comment="15732"]Podcast will not work for Pakistan[low Internet bandwidth][/quote]

    A lot of users probably have access to broadband inside and outside of Pakistan. Also, there’s no reason you cannot do a podcast for low-bandwidth users…it can work as a progressive download…30 kbps is good enough for audio.

  12. Daktar says:
    December 11th, 2006 5:51 pm

    Congratulations everyone.
    One thing to think about is a better way to get to some old posts and keep discussion going. Maybe differnet pages on key issues (Music, Politics, etc.) on the header?

  13. ahmed says:
    December 11th, 2006 10:15 pm

    I have only recently been introduced to ATP and readily confess that I too am an addict. I often have to remind myself that this addiction should not become ‘mind-threatening’. As AN et al have pointed out at the beginning of this post one must try to restrain one’s enthusiasms, disagree without being disagreable, and exercise one’s own right to an opinion by respecting equally the other’s right to his… Long may ATP prosper, and long may it grow from strength to strength. ..Mubarak.

  14. Ghalib says:
    December 11th, 2006 11:02 pm

    i am new here but its a gud place to talk an a informative site!start a thread about the presidents of pak an PM of pak!an their history so that we be able to learn a lil!plus i think at the end of post there muss be a CONSENSUS ON THE ISSUE post so that we can see how ppl think like some graphical interpretation of comments.

    CONGRATS on 6 months witht his diligence im sure it will go another 60 yrs!

  15. ahmed says:
    December 12th, 2006 12:34 am

    Oh I missed….
    Yeh bazm-e-mohabbat hai is bazm-e-mohabbat mein
    Diwanay bhi shaidayee farzanay bhi shaidayee

    (Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum)

  16. Owais Mughal says:
    December 12th, 2006 12:48 am

    thanks for putting the team thoughts together. For me the best thing has been the quality of research that goes behind some of the informative posts here. That is what attracted me here first and since that day (Aug 06), I am hooked here. Helping Adil and Bilal here is my small way to make pakistaniat prosper. I enjoy reading the informative articles that get posted here. The quality of posts here, I believe, sets our site apart from mediocrity. We will strive to continue doing better.


  17. Naveed says:
    December 12th, 2006 5:14 am

    Adnan – It seems that the person “at sea” is in Havaii. But I am more surprised with someone reading from what seems like Iceland.

    Adil – ATP is responsible for old friends like the two of us meeting after so many years albiet in cyberspace :) All credit to ATP…

  18. syed n. raza says:
    December 14th, 2006 2:16 pm

    I am so addicted to this site that my family is threatening
    to “AAQ” me.I love this site and enjoy every moment I can use to visit. But, being a doctor, I have noticed a very little stuff on medical topics.

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