H-F Patch Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Your Homewood-Flossmoor Patch hits the one-year mark.

I was very nervous one year ago today.

I feel like it was nervousness akin to a paratrooper preparing to jump into battle. And for all intents and purposes, that’s sort of what happened.

In a frenzied swarm of pre-launch meetings, story writing and directory building, H-F Patch emerged in cyberspace one year ago. I’m still in disbelief that it even got off the ground. What’s harder to believe, however, is just how far H-F Patch has come since its humble origins.

Since launch, I’ve had the unique privilege to see H-F Patch slowly integrate itself within the community. Reciprocally, I’ve watched as the H-F community has helped shape the trajectory and function of the site that truly belongs to them. I’ve also had the unique privilege to get to meet and know the largest concentration of wonderful and inspirational people I’ve ever come across.

And in case you've forgotten, here's some of the milestones that we've covered over the past year:

My vision for H-F Patch and its connecting capability is far from realized, but looking back on our first year gives me enormous hope and optimism for what lies ahead in this ongoing experiment.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to offer the most sincere thank you I can muster to the communities of and and to all of the people who help make this such a great place in the world to be. I’m honored to be able to serve as your editor.

Diane December 29, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Congrats, Ryan! Job well done.
Ryan Fitzpatrick December 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM
A tremendous thanks to everyone for all the kind words.
Ryan Fitzpatrick December 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Also, I think it would be cooler if you spelled it FytZ.
Jennifer Johnson Langefeld December 29, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Well, with your spelling it probably would be acceptable!! JK :)
Leslie Lynnton Fuller December 30, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Ryan, love your energy level, acumen & video-editing prowess. I appreciate your passion for Patch, online journalism and the future of hyperlocal news. (The naysayers just don't get it.) Thanks for the opportunities you've given me & others here on the Homewood-Flossmoor Patch... and keep us in mind as you build your media empire. ;)


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