Happy 4th Birthday to Us!
Four years ago today, I published the first article on Silicon Sasquatch while snowed in at a pizza shop within a strip mall in the middle of nowhere. And it sucked, and nobody read it, and that was that.
A couple weeks later, I posted something else.
And then Aaron tried something different.
And then it just kinda kept going.
Over the years we've published more than our fair share of stuff that just wasn't that good. Whether we're talking about simple articles with a flawed premise, overly ambitious features across multiple interminable entries, or any podcast where we just couldn't find the right cadence and focus, there's a pretty good chance we've tried to do something and failed spectacularly.
Silicon Sasquatch was the product of a few dejected journalism majors who wanted nothing more than to make a living writing about the things they love, and we clung onto that hope desperately at first. And we failed hard, and those failures stung because you can't make a living by fucking things up unless you're a reality TV star. But now – four years, three jobs, two time zones and one book later - it's clear to me that our mistakes and missed opportunities are why we're all still here today.
It's true that you learn a lot more from your mistakes than your successes. It's also true that, for me, I've learned more from Silicon Sasquatch than just about anything else in my life. But it's also true that I wouldn't have stuck through the countless frustrations and pushed myself to spend that extra hour polishing up my latest article if it wasn't for the support we have from our dedicated followers.
We're all in very different places from where we started, but we've also never had a better group of writers, editors, creators and thinkers all working on this thing. The cool thing about that is that we're all still the same guys who've been with this blog since it began.
If you've been with us for a while, your persistence and support means a whole hell of a lot to each of us. And if you're just joining us, lucky you! You won't have to endure the worst of our growing pains.
Either way, I'm really glad we've made it this far together. And when I say that I believe the best is yet to come, I'm speaking from experience.
Nick & the Silicon Sasquatch gang