One year ago this morning I set my cell phone alarm clock for the insanely early time of 6:01 a.m.
After 10 weeks of preparing everything, it was about to happen. For 10 weeks I had been working for a website that didn't exist. I told family, friends and random people that I was running this great new local news website ... that no one could see.
The site took weeks to build. I had to find writers, find stories to tell and do all the behind-the-curtain stuff to get the site—this site—ready for the world.
On Dec. 28, 2010 at 6 a.m. the site went live. I passed the reviews, jumped the hoops and had everything ready to go. The weeks of hard work by me, and the freelance team, paid off.
My alarm went off and I pulled up the site—finally it was ready to go. Later that day, I met my boss, Holly Edgell, to talk about things. She asked me if I was ready for tomorrow. It was then, for the first time, that it hit me that this wasn't a one-day thing. From then on, I had to fill this site with fresh stories every single day.
And now, here we are, one year later. For the past 365 days, St. Peters Patch has covered St. Peters. It's been a crazy, but fun, ride. I've learned a lot in the last year, and I want thank everyone who has helped build this site into what it is today. A few people, I'd like to thank by name: Jason Sibert, Holly Hunt, Amanda Bretz, Patti Baratta, Cedric Williams, Kelly Glueck, Jeff Strange, Rebecca Thiele, Kalen Ponche, Joe Scott, Maggie Rotermund, Jordan Lanham, Tamara Duncan and the rest of the St. Louis Patch crew.
Later today, and the rest of this week, we'll highlight some things that have happened in 2011, and, in turn, our first year of exisistence.
This year was fun. Let's hope 2012 is even better.
Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to do so.