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It's official! Yesterday (Sunday, June 10, 2012) was TIG's 10th birthday!!! I'm extremely ecstastic and proud to proclaim it marks a big TEN years in imaginary existence. Over drinks sometime I'll spill all the nitty, gritty details about what that day was like 10 years ago when Dana and I launched the site. But, let's just say it involved a lot of hours at Top Pot, a lot of soy lattes, a lot of clicking on the laptops, and boy was it a lot of fun.
June 10, 2002 was a Monday, which means that we spent all day Sunday and worked into the late wee hours getting the site ready for a big Monday launch. Back then the site was like a magazine. We'd publish a batch of new stories every 1-2 weeks (this was before blogs existed, kiddos) and we'd send out a mass email to all our friends and folks we thought would be interested in this edition's articles to let them know the new edition was up.
I remember sitting at my desk at work refreshing the hit counter on that first day. Dana and I chatted from our dayjob desks (across town from one another) with exclamation marks flying to and fro as the site climbed to various points on the hit count scale. We were astounded when the site hit 50 site visitors. It was, and still is, awe-inspiring and humbling that folks would take the time out of their busy lives to visit the site and read the enthusiastic musings posted here.
One thing that has never changed is that the site is more than just the folks behind the scenes. The most important piece of celebrating 10 imaginary years together is to take this time to thank everyone who has ever visited the site, come to an imaginary event, worn an imaginary shirt, or flipped through the pages of the imaginary zine (get your ltd ed. copy now!)
My hugest hugs and thank yous and big love to all the imaginaries out there. The best part of Three Imaginary Girls has been BFFing you. You're so rad.
Here's to another amazing 10 years! Happy champagne birthday everyone!
Do you have a favorite memory from the last 10 imaginary years?