Hoboken411 – One Year
This week “sort of” marks the first anniversary of Hoboken411.com.
I started developing this site back in March of 2006 with no real vision other than I felt there weren’t any websites in Hoboken that covered all the bases. It started by accident actually, as I was helping a friend with some technology-related project. I had this unused domain Hoboken411.com that I bought a year earlier and thought I could use that as a “sandbox” for testing. A lightbulb went off over my head, and after about a month of tinkering with databases and 1000’s of photographs, the site was born and “went live” around this time last year. I guess you can say 4/11 sounds better as the official birthday, but who’s counting? In no way was it purposely arranged to be that date, but maybe next year I’ll switch it to 4/11 for marketing purposes.
A lot has happened in the past year. Upgraded the server twice, got banned at City Hall, confirmed the Campos DUI story, may have been mentioned in a few publications, and hopefully you’ve noticed some of the general site improvements I’ve made to make your experience here better. And while there’s no real way to prove this, I hope that because of this site and it’s reader participation, it has made our city and government a little more transparent. What do you think?
Regardless, running this site is most certainly harder than it looks. Laying the foundation by myself was one of the most time-consuming things I’ve done. I’ve also made tons of mistakes (baby steps over here!), but I’ve also learned a tremendous amount in the process. I never had a real “plan” for what this site is supposed to be. The “playbook” is being re-written almost every day, and despite having trouble managing “the business”, I have quite a few ideas and improvements now planned for the upcoming months. Funny thing is that I once wrote a “job description” of what I do on a weekly basis, and I would never in my right mind apply for a position like this if I knew what work was involved. Too late now!
With many new readers joining daily, I’ve added a new feature today on the right sidebar:
- “This week’s top commentators” will show the readers with the most comments during the current week (Sunday through Saturday).
I also have some others that I’m working the kinks out of at the moment.
The bottom line is that even I cannot believe I’ve actually done something so consistently for this long a period. That must mean I like what I’m doing. I try not to be egotistical, I don’t pat myself on the back, and I’m not aiming for any kind of special recognition. I suppose it was just a niche that was begging to be filled.
As always, thanks for visiting and making this site a valuable resource for our community.
Have a great week!