As TBS racks up its first year of operations, Paul Bugeja, TBS Editor-in-Chief, has a few things to say about what an amazing ride it’s been so far…
Do you remember your first birthday?
I don’t…it was some time ago *cough cough* and I guess it’s not unusual for most of us to have not much recollection of what it was like.
But I’d like to think there were some good pressies, a tasty cake with a candle I excitedly blew out and cocktail franks. Yum. And sausage rolls and party pies too.
This week ticks up the first year since the launch of The Big Smoke.
For twelve months we’ve been offering Australia a daily alternative “digital ideas zone” where people can have their say about whatever issue they like, and where once these opinions are out there, others can jump on board and join the conversation.
A space where anyone with a keyboard, tablet, phablet or smartphone, and the urge, can agree, disagree, yell, whisper, cheer, boo, stomp about angrily – whatever really – over the issues of the day.
And then do it all over again the day after…and etc.
It’s been a load of hard work for the small (but growing), hard-working team at TBS and it’s a testimony to their belief in TBS that we are able to celebrate the passing of our first year when so many other digital publications come and go in a digital flash.
In ten years time when I think back and try to remember TBS‘s first birthday, my memories will be much clearer than those (well, let’s face it, there aren’t any!) I have of my own one-year-old birthday.
I will remember how proud I was of the people I work with – Sam, Dawes, Richard, Sarah and Alexandra (who works way too hard, get some sleep already, OK bye) and Bette (yes, she gets a mention and for those of you who have met her, you will know how important she is to TBS) – and the constant input, support and belief they have had for and in TBS.
I will recall how excited I was each day opening my inbox and seeing what our writers had submitted or applications from new people from across the country wanting to write for TBS – that brilliant crew of the TBS faithful who each day made us ruminate more deeply about all kinds of stuff via their insightful thoughts and opinions; who made us laugh with their pithy barbs and jibes; or who caused us to feel a lump in our throats as they poured out their hearts when shining their writer lights into personal, and sometimes dark, stories from their own lives.
I will recollect with the highest regard the TBS illustrators and the hours and hours of time they painstakingly put into succinctly encapsulating in an image the writings of our authors.
And, most of all (well as much as the others, no favourites here), I will remember you, our readers and followers (OK I don’t actually know most of you but I feel I do…go with me).
After all, this is all for you.
You know that old saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”
Well, duh, of course it does…(damn that sounded wise but I’ve lost how it fits with this argument…)
Anyway, bottom line is that none of this would be happening unless you were a part of the TBS community too.
It would all be for nothing if it weren’t for you reading and liking and sharing and supporting TBS through its infancy, adolescence and into its adulthood.
So let’s all head into “Year Two” together and keep up all this mad, hard work, and see where else we can take TBS.