With 2009 now behind us it is time to take a moment to reflect on Singularity Hub’s first year of operation. With our focus on the technologies and innovations that are ushering in a new era of human ability and possibilities, our blog is filling a valuable niche that readers across the world are seeking. Our traffic has grown just about every month this year, and during the supposedly slow December full of holidays we closed the year with our best month ever, bringing in 250,000 pageviews according to Google Analytics.
As we now jump into 2010 I want you to know that things are only going to get bigger and better here at the Hub. More stories, more writers, more features, more ideas, more everything! I want to thank every one of our readers for your support and interest in our blog. 2010 is going to be an awesome year and you won’t want to miss it!
Although technically I wrote Singularity Hub’s first blog post on July 8, 2008, I did not pursue the Hub as a fulltime professional endeavor until January 1, 2009, and it is thus that day that I mark as the birth of our blog. During the operation of the blog in 2008 I was a fulltime high school physics and chemistry teacher and the blog was a neglected child, at one point going more than a month without a single post. Being a high school teacher was a fantastic career and I highly recommend it as a noble and rewarding pursuit to anyone interested. Nevertheless, at the end of 2008 I could no longer resist my passion for this blog and so I left teaching to work full time on making Singularity Hub what it is today.
During the beginning of 2009 this blog was a one man show, with me being responsible for writing all of the posts and performing all of the configuration, design, and maintenance of our site. In an effort to bring in more ideas, more talent, and more content to our readers, I soon brought on several other excellent writers to join the cause. Not only did our content offering multiply in quality and quantity as a result, but I was now able to spend more time focusing on other aspects of the blog – improving its speed, orchestrating a major redesign of the site through our excellent partner yourcustomblog.com, and adding features such as twitter and facebook based login.
When it comes to our writers, a big shout out is due especially to Aaron Saenz, who now works full time for the Hub as a talented and prolific writer. Aaron has been busting out top notch stories for the Hub for the better part of 2009 and he will do more of the same as we jump into 2010. A big thanks is also in order for the part time writers that have written for the Hub this year – Drew Halley, Andrew Kessel, and Steven Wasick.
As I stated earlier, in 2010 we will have more content – and the quality of this content will be better than ever. In addition, I expect that we will schedule some meetups this year with interested readers and we will innovate new ways to further engage with you. We are always open to your ideas, tips, flames, whatever…so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or to post a comment to this post or other posts as you see fit. In the meantime, lets enjoy 2010 and may the Singularity be near and not far!