Wowsers, we have been so busy that we managed to miss commemorating the anniversary of this website, which launched on December 18, 2006.
There are so many people who have been important to the success of this site over the years that I am a bit fearful of attempting a list, out of the risk of missing critically important figures. Ed Wright pressed us to start this site. Mark Thoma gave encouraging words early on and advised persevering despite predictably low traffic early on (fewer than 100 views a day), saying he’d gone through that phase. Felix Salmon gave us a boost by having us guest blog at Slate while he was on vacation, and Paul Krugman also commented on our work approvingly and linked to us (this before him having his head turned in a bad way by the Obama Administration). The writers at FT Alphaville and Cactus at Angry Bear were also very helpful.The pre-crisis and crisis econoblogpshere was vibrant, with writers like Nouriel Roubini, Brad Setser, Richard Bookstaber, Marc Chandler, Tanta and Calculated Risk, Barry Ritholtz, and Steve Waldman all trying to make sense of what was happening.
Richard Smith, Andrew Dittmer, Ed Harrison, Tom Adams, and Tom Ferguson all played critically important roles when I was writing ECONNED, either with the book proper or with the site, and most continue to be important advisors. Marshall Auerback and Rob Parenteau were also early contributors. Matt Stoller provided early intelligence and commentary on policy matters, as did David Dayen.
We worked with legal experts on foreclosure fraud