By Jim Stanford on December 12, 2011
Five years ago this month, I began wading into the world of css and html, WordPress and DreamHost, cobbling together thoughts into an online journal. After several all-night sessions of trial and error, with much guidance and encouragement from DG at The Snaz, JH Underground was born.
Some 900 posts, 4,100 comments and 2 million page views later, I am still astonished at the response. To thank readers, celebrate the five-year anniversary and spread some holiday cheer, JH Underground is teaming with Snake River Brewing Co. to host a Beer Summit on Thursday. From 5 to 7 p.m. upstairs at the brew pub, we’ll have pitchers and pizzas and talk about the issues we often debate on these pages.
Inspired by the Obama summit, the idea for the event grew out of my desire to bring together many of this site’s regular readers and contributors. In the last year, the online community here really hit its stride; I appreciate the opinions and insight that many of you add to the dialogue. Call me old fashioned, but I thought, Why not meet and attach a face to the commenter alias?
So this invite is for you, the likes of Chad, Brad, Rob, dave, jd, D, Aaron, Jojo10:13, even danno. And for anyone who hasn’t yet won a concert ticket giveaway. We’ll have name tags in case you care to identify yourself, or to preserve anonymity, you could just confide in me your online identity. I’ll buy your first beer; after that, you’re on your own.
Hope to see many of you on Thursday and raise a glass. Again, thanks to everyone for your support these last five years. That’s what has kept me going.