A year ago, as the sun slowly filtered into my small, dark room, I posted the first articles in Realcity history. Due to a wildly skewed schedule courtesy of my subway journey and a lifelong tendency to procrastinate, I had not yet slept. This venture had been in the works since spring, when I realized that my immediate career options were another low-paid internship or a soul-crushing climb up the restaurant ladder. With absolutely no understanding of websites, a minimal budget and an unwieldy concept, it was a miracle that we’d even made it this far. Yet here I sat, incredibly proud of what our small staff had pulled together, about to share it with the world. It didn’t matter that our debut consisted entirely of TV articles or that the logo had been sleepily sketched by my sister before her morning class. It was a start and it was ours. That day, 58 people came to the site and I was thrilled.
Hundreds of articles, many thousands of visitors and one year later, I’m writing this from a spacious, well-lit office connected to our kitchen. In addition to copious amounts of TV, we’ve covered everything from dinner dates to the Rapture, sharing our thoughts on it all along the way. It certainly hasn’t been an easy year, but it’s sure been eventful. I’ve made eye contact with the mayor, toured all five boroughs in the same day, bathed nude in a Korean spa, battled the Internet’s angry masses and even appeared on the 11 o’clock news. These experiences have come with their share of sleepless nights and rough patches, but what keeps me going is the way I felt on that first day.
From the beginning this has always been more than just one guy’s blog. This is a publication fueled by the collective efforts of many people. Our staff has seen its share of changes since we began, but I’ll always appreciate the time everyone has contributed. Whether that means copyediting every single piece, providing invaluable editorial and strategic support, taking the initiative to start a new section, having the energy to keep one going, writing an article, taking a photo, reading our creations or just spreading the word, it’s all helped us get where we are. Where exactly that is seems to change as fast as realcity itself, but that only makes it more interesting. One year in, I’m confident that like the city we’ve pledged to explore, Realcity can handle whatever comes next.