10 years ago today, on 16 June 2005, Shanghaiist said hello to the world with our very first post (written by our founding editor, the inimitable Dan Washburn). And boy, what a journey it’s been!
We were one of the first English-language China blogs to burst onto the scene. Over the last decade, we’ve seen many other sites come and go, but thankfully through sheer hard work, dedication and perserverance, we’ve been able to keep Shanghaiist standing. And so here, we are, 10 years later, older but wiser.
Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of our story so far – to our friends at Gothamist who have been so patient with us, to former editor-in-chief Elaine Chow who took the site to new levels, and to the many talented individuals who believed in us before we were even a thing, and who’ve contributed to the site to make it what it is today. We’re pleased to see so many of you go on to pursue amazing careers in journalism, public relations and marketing elsewhere. To you we owe a debt.
Thank you to my right-hand woman, the indefatigable Katie Nelson who leads an able, dedicated team and has overseen the fastest ever growth in readership Shanghaiist has ever seen. You free me up to do what I need to on our long march to sustainability.
Thank you to the advertisers who have placed your trust in us even when others wouldn’t. There have been many times when we almost threw in the towel, but you were there to help us prove the naysaysers wrong and to help us continue to do what we do best. Without you, Shanghaiist would long have been history.
And last but not least, thank you to our readers. You’re a diverse lot: China-based expats, Chinese students and expats overseas, entrepreneurs, senior executives, media and creative types, housewives and half-pats. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share China with you, one story at a time.
Thank you for every tip you’ve sent us, for all the praise (and hate mail) that we’ve received in our email, and for sharing our stories with your friends. You keep us on our toes, help us to keep it real, and help us to get better at our game.
YOU make this journey worth all the while!