Happy Birthday to Us

By  |  Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 3:23 am

Birthday CakeI 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.


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14 Comments For This Post

  1. Annkur Says:

    All the best … For many more years to come.
    I am following more than 100 tech sites since over a year, but this one has caught my eye like none other in the past few months. Keep it up

  2. kay man Says:

    Congratulations! I’ve discovered your site only a couple months ago

  3. kay man Says:

    Congratulations to the whole team for the already impressive track record!

    I’ve discovered your site only a couple months ago and find myself visiting almost daily, more than any other similar site, so you must be doing something right!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Kevin C. Tofel Says:

    Wishing you and the entire team a happy birthday, Harry. Here’s to many, many more!

  5. Evan Says:

    Happy birthday! Technologizer is one of the 3 sites I visit most often, due to the quality of the content.

  6. Benj Edwards Says:

    Happy birthday, Technologizer, and excellent work on the site, Harry. I’m proud to contribute articles to a blog with such a unique and intelligent voice. It obviously reflects the personality of its Editor-in-Chief.

  7. NanoGeek Says:

    The Techlog was my favorite column back at PCWorld, and now Technologizer is my favorite blog. Happy Birthday!

  8. Josh Says:

    Great work Technologizer (and Harry)! This is definitely one of the better tech blogs on teh intertubes.

  9. Steve Bass Says:

    I’m delighted Technologizer is here — and doing extraordinarily well; I’m also doubly delighted to be part of it.

    Congrats, Harry.

  10. Jared Newman Says:

    Congrats Harry. It’s always a pleasure to write for the ‘nologizer.

    And thanks to everyone for reading. Here’s to year two.

  11. David Worthington Says:

    Congratulations Harry. I’m glad to be a part of it.

  12. DTNick Says:

    Congrats on an awesome first year–here’s to many more!

  13. McCrackhead Says:

    I’m your biggest fan.. and wish you the best of luck in the year ahead.

  14. Jochen Siegle Says:

    congrats, harry & team! keep up the great work!