Published on: November 19, 2008November 19 is always a day of celebration around MorningNewsBeat World Headquarters, because it marks the anniversary of the first day – way back in 2001 – that we posted “news in context, analysis with attitude.”
Hard to believe it has been seven years. We started with fewer than 200 readers, and have grown to have an email subscription base of about 25,000.
When I started back in 2001, I wrote the following:
“MorningNewsBeat.com is offered free of charge...but I am going to ask you for something. If you like what I'm doing, tell a friend or co-worker. In fact, tell lots of them. And, when you sign up to receive a morning e-mail from me, suggest that they do the same.”
It remains a source of pride for me that so many of you have done this…to the point that even now, we get between 75 and 100 new subscriptions every week. And what is really amazing is how many of you take the time to send me emails – hundreds of them each week – about the issues, serious and light-hearted, that interest and concern you. I am humbled by this, every day.
Furthermore, there have been a lot of wonderful companies that have sponsored MNB over the years, and you have been good enough to show an interest in the products and services they offer. Today’s sponsors are listed on the right hand side of the home page, and I thank them and all the other companies that have kept MNB going over the past seven years. (I can't help but paraphrase the old George M. Cohan line: “My wife thanks you. My son thanks you. My other son thanks you. My daughter thanks you. Several college loan agencies thank you. And I thank you…”)
There have been roughly 1,750 editions of MorningNewsBeat, a total of more than 17,000 stories, and well over five million words (the vast majority of which, believe it or not, actually were spelled correctly!). And I’m going to keep doing it until I get it right…
It’s a privilege and a pleasure being a part of this community. I thank you for that.
That said, let’s get to work…
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