By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 3:23 am
I doubt that anyone noticed at the time (including me!), but June 9th was the first anniversary of my first post on Technologizer. It was mostly an announcement that the site was in the works, and I didn’t blog again until July 14th. That’s when things really got underway here, and I’m therefore declaring today as our first birthday.
It’s been the most remarkable and enjoyable year of my career in tech journalism. I thought we could find a critical mass of folks who’d read what we have to say here, and you showed up in droves–around 400,000 folks visited the site last month. (It helped, I think, that the past twelve months have been so interesting, between the iPhone and Android and Chrome and Windows 7 and Twitter and netbooks and all the other topics we ruminate on hereabouts.)
I may have been optimistic, but I didn’t know that PCMag.com would name Technologizer as one of its favorite blogs. Or that my Twitter account would become a cool annex of Technologizer, leading TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner to name me as the #1 techie to follow on Twitter. Or that we’d have the opportunity to throw a great party and help to put on a packed conference. Or that so many people along the way would get what we’re trying to do here. (It all started with support from all the great people at Federated Media, our ad partner, and WordPress, our publishing platform.)
I also didn’t know that Technologizer would be able to assemble such a sterling crew of regular contributors–especially Ed Oswald, David Worthington, Jared Newman, Benj Edwards, and Jason Meserve, plus my PC World compatriot Steve Bass. I’m happy to be outnumbered by them.
Of course, all of us who get a byline here are outnumbered by you, the Technologizer community. And the biggest single thrill of the past year has been watching so many of you participate so actively in the conversation here. Every day, I’m impressed by how thoughtful and knowledgeable you are–and by how constructive the first year of Technologizer comments has been. (Even though registration isn’t required to comment on the site, the quality of the chatter is tremendously high, and I rarely need to break up fights or toss out trolls.) You’re a classy bunch, and I can’t thank you enough.
Technologizer may be twelve times as old as Bing–which is commemorating its first month of existence this week–but we’re still young. And we’re working on a bunch of new stuff we’ll roll out in the next few months which I think you’ll really like. Please continue to hang out with us here–It’s trite to say that the best is yet to come, but in this case it happens to be true.