We’re celebrating our 100th story and one year anniversary in a single post? Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since we launched LimestonePostMagazine.com. It seems like it was just yesterday that I pushed the button to make the website go live. We’ve posted 100 stories since September 4, 2015 — thank you to all of our readers and subscribers for your support and kind words.
It’s amazing to watch what our incredibly talented (oh so talented) contributors come up with next. I’m sure it’s a similar feeling to watching your kid hit that softball or nail that trumpet solo — basically this website is my kid (shh … don’t tell my cats).
After a particularly rough day a few weeks ago (we all have them, no matter how awesome our job is), a contributor sent me this message: “I really appreciate … the stories you are publishing. You are covering really interesting and important stories that … other local publications would never touch.” This was the goal from the start. This is why I became a part of Limestone Post. It feels pretty great to be publishing stories I deeply care about on a dream of a website that I helped create. I would also like to give a big thank you to Jordan Warner and Jenny El-Shamy. They were the ones who made the website function and look beautiful!
I was recently asked to name my favorite story. What even is that? Favorite? As in one? There are too many favorites and they keep changing. But here it goes — I’ve been really proud of “Queer Space, Post-Orlando: Can Karaoke Save the Misfit” (written by Zak Szymanski) lately. And just before that I was loving the Food Insecurity series (written by Sarah Gordon and photography by Natasha Komoda). Our “Stirring the Pot” column (by Ruthie Cohen) always touches my heart and gives me the warm and fuzzies. It is also really fun to publish stories that get readers talking: “Are Market Forces Ruining B-town’s ‘Sense of Place’?” (also by Sarah and Natasha) and “These New Photos Show Rooftop Is Inaccessible But Not Destroyed” (by the LP staff) — goodness we are a nostalgic bunch. And that’s just the beginning.
It is wonderful to have confirmation of what we already knew — Bloomingtonians have a wide variety of interests. Our highest-traffic stories since the launch include arts, social justice issues, hiking, business, travel, roller derby, and more. Did you miss any of those? Don’t miss another story — you can subscribe for free!
Thank you all for a wonderful first year and first 100 stories! Here’s to 100 more!