TOQ Online is celebrating its first birthday today. The site went online on April 17, 2009 – exactly one year ago – at a time when nothing much was happening in the White Nationalist blogosphere. Over the past year, TOQ Online has published 700 posts, accumulated 2,910 comments, and built an audience of about 20,000 unique visitors a month. That’s a solid foundation to build upon.
Occidental Dissent has been online in various forms since mid-2006. We started out as a small vBulletin forum. I closed that down in early 2007 after it was overrun by European Neo-Nazis. In May 2007, I relaunched OD as a WordPress blog focused on “Racial and Cultural Preservation in North America.” The blog enjoyed a lot of success, but I stupidly abandoned the project after becoming embroiled in an internet feud with another forum. In January 2008, OD was reincarnated as “Odessa Syndicate.” The second blog (which aimed to fuse elements of the Far Right and Far Left) quickly built an audience, but fell apart after I suffered a collapse due to exhaustion.
The present incarnation of Occidental Dissent – actually, the fourth version – was launched in May 2008. From May 2008 to May 2009, a whole year, I was rarely on the internet. By the end of this period, I was close to abandoning the internet all together. I had grown worried about my own personal health, disillusioned with the vicious infighting that plagues the White Nationalist scene, and retreated into the mundane affairs of real life. On May 2, 2009, OD was a ghost town. My internet career was more or less over.
In this dark period, I vaguely remember stumbling upon TOQ Online, probably in May 2009. I started following the articles being published there and reacting to them. It was one of major reasons I started writing again. I thought to myself: if these guys are doing this, why can’t I throw in my own two cents?
That’s exactly what happened. The rest is history. In Summer 2009, I blogged up a storm, and TOQ Online was providing a lot of fodder for commentary. This attracted a lot of attention to OD. Many of the old commentators returned. Greg Johnson began syndicating my posts on TOQ Online. We initiated a correspondence which developed into a friendship. Eventually, we became co-conspirators in the grand project of creating a White ethnostate in North America.
The impact of TOQ Online goes far beyond the statistics. First, you have to take into consideration all the other pro-White media outlets (OD, TOO, Alt Right) that have been inspired by its example, and the sites that have been inspired by them, and so on. Second, you have to factor in the real world network of pro-White activists that TOQ Online has spawned (including those here at OD), and the sense of solidarity that has created which has emboldened the more cautious among us. Third, you have to consider the synergy and momentum that goes on largely offline and gauge the future impact of all this networking, collaboration, and pooling of talent.
I had known of The Occidental Quarterly for almost a decade, but I had never read or subscribed to the journal until last year. Like most people my age, print is not the medium I prefer. I don’t read local or national newspapers. When I want to catch up on current events or read political analysis, I come online to search my favorite websites for relevant material or add feeds to my RSS reader. The only print material I consume are hardcover books that attract my interest. In the age of social media, The Occidental Quarterly was all but invisible until last year. More people are reading TOQ Online every month now than read the print journal in all its previous years of existence.
A spark can ignite a fire. I can say without exaggeration that this past year has not only been my most fruitful year as an online racialist publisher, but the best year in memory for the pro-White movement as a whole. I can’t recall a time when I was more optimistic about our future prospects for success. It seems like we are really starting to get our act together. In light of all the previous disasters, I know that is true of this website.
What we absolutely cannot afford right now at this critical juncture is to take a step backwards. We cannot allow the infighting, personal acrimony, and private ambitions which have hobbled this movement from its earliest days to return to haunt us again and sink all that we have built. More than anything else, this is why the people we need within our inner circles have stayed aloof from the movement for so long. If we are to make progress, 2010 must be a better year for the White Nationalist movement than 2009, and every year thereafter.
Happy Birthday, TOQ Online
Note: Occidental Dissent’s one year anniversary will be May 21, 2010.