The first post I wrote on this blog 11 years ago should never be viewed again—ever.
I’m not sure you could find it, even if you went back and tried. I think I deleted it or lost it in one of the many crashes. We don’t want to talk about how many times I’ve broken the internet in 11 years.
I wrote that original post while I was attending the annual National College Media Convention in St. Louis. A session Joe Gisondi presented at the conference inspired me to launch the original version of this blog that night from my hotel room.
My idea at the time was to help my students and those like them, so I figured out basic WordPress and banged out what I thought was a post (more like a couple of paragraphs) that everyone attending the conference or anyone studying journalism would relate to, then I waited. And waited. And then waited some more.
Imagine my surprise when people didn’t just flock to my blog. I mean, I put it on the internet, people! I’m pretty sure that original post got maybe a handful of views. One of them probably was my Mom.
We’ve come a long way in 11 years.
The site started as and remains a practical resource for student journalists. But the mission is about the only thing about this site that’s remained constant for more than a decade.
Since the launch this site has switched platforms, been redesigned several times, caused controversy, and, of course, served as a resource for hundreds of thousands of journalists and media advisers. It has given me headaches and heartaches, and made me wonder more times than I care to admit why I even bothered. Every one of those times, just when I was about to quit, you said it. One of you would stop me randomly or email me right on cue to tell me how much you love and appreciate this site.
You have motivated me for 11 years to continue pouring my mind, heart, time, and energy into this site. We have learned and grown together, with this site progressing along with us. For all of that, I thank you.