as seen at lisnews.com (three cheers for Blake et al!):
LISNews Turns One
Story Posted by Blake on Thursday November 02, @ 06:32AM
from the They-Grow-Up-SO-fast dept.
Happy Birthday to LISNews.com
Happy Birthday to LISNews.com
Happy Birthday dear LISNews.com
Happy Birthday to Us.
Reg Aubry was kind enough to send along a card.
It was one year ago today I launched LISNews.com
One year and almost 1,000 stories later, it seems like a good time to take
a step back and reflect.
It's pronounced El-EYE-Ess News Dot Com.
I wish I could remember the very first story I posted on the old site, but
somehow that escaped my list. The first story on this version was on The
Appleton Public Library. That was Wednesday January 26, @ 10:50AM. Since
then I have posted 967 more, my wrists are starting to hurt! See the most
popular stories page for the full rundown and stats.
I can't even begin to estimate the amount of time I've put in over the
past year. I would guess about 20 hours a week, but that is probably low,
maybe more like 25 is closer. We currently get somewhere between 800 and
1,000 visitors a day. The mailing list goes out to almost 800 people
around the world. My goal has always been 1,000 people a day, no good
reason for that goal, it's just a nice round number.
Luckily I've had some help over the past year, Steve Galbraith, Steven
Cohen, Rory Litwin and a few others have come and gone. Nabeal Ahmed has
been an absolutely indispensable member of the LISNews team with his SQL
and PHP skills. When I started this site I knew nothing about PHP and
MySQL and I now do it for a living (I'm actually no longer a librarian),
special thanks to Nabeal.
I've also had the opportunity to connect with some great folks from around
the world. Thomas Hennen, Jessamyn West, Sonia Bebbington, Susan
McClellan, Ben Ostrowsky, Nathan Hruby and the entire PHPSlash team, and
many others that I'm sure I am forgetting.
I've also taken quite a fair amount of abuse for my poor spelling and
grammar skills. For those of you who were kind and constructive in your
criticism, I thank you, for the rest, you should really have something
better to do with your time than pick on me for being stupid. I wish I had
the time to double check everything, but I just don't , the site gets
updated if and when I have time, so there will continue to be stupid
mistakes. Librarians can be so nasty it amazes me.
I'm not sure what the next year holds for the site. One of these days
we'll switch code bases, and maybe move to our own server. I often think
of redesigning the colors, and layout, but never have the time. I also
continue to work on my own site when I have the time, which is rare
As always, I continue looking for help. The most frustrating thing over
the past year has been the lack of people willing to participate with the
site. I am surprised that no one else out there wants to contribute. If
you'd like to join the ever shrinking team of folks who post stories,
please let me know, or if you spot a story the world may be interested in,
then send that along. The best thing about LISNews is it allows more than
one person to reflect on the news and events that interest the librarian
and information science world, and I'd love to allow others to share
stories and thoughts with everyone. I especially welcome your own original
writing, the most popular stories are always the stories that are written
by the LISNews readers.
Look, No Spelling Erros!