Celebrating 15 years. One more year until this site can drive.
It’s that time of the decade again. Every March in a year divisible by 5, I reach a nice, round milestone. This time, it’s 15. Yes, that’s right: It’s the 15th anniversary of Jammer’s Reviews being on the web.
I guess technically it’s only the fourth anniversary of “Jammer’s Reviews,” since the 10 years before that the site was called “Star Trek: Hypertext.” I think for the first year or so it was actually called “Hypertext Reviews of Current Star Trek Episodes.” Talk about prosaic. If you remember when it was called that, please send a shout out in the comments below.
I feel a need to mark this milestone because, well, how many non-family-related things does anyone continue to do after 15 years? A lot of people don’t stay in the same job or company for that long. And when it comes to an independent non-commerce-related web site like this one, 15 years is a fairly big deal. I’ve seen a lot of web publications come and go over the past 15 years. We’re still standing. Sometimes we limp along rather than sprint, but that’s how we work. We must pace ourselves. We’ve evolved over the years and taken on new projects and managed to stay somewhat relevant.
(And by using “we” in all the references above, I mean “I,” as in the royal we, you know, the editorial.)
Jammer’s Reviews has never been intended as a blockbuster-hit sort of a web site. It’s a niche publication. It do what it do, and I’m perfectly happy with that. It has allowed me to write stuff that gets read by some people, and to build web sites where I can run things my way, rather than the way a boss or corporation would tell me to.
Back maybe 10 years ago, I figured that all the readers I had then would be all the readers I would ever have. I mean, if you hadn’t wanted a Star Trek review site up to that point, why would you want one later? But that’s the beauty of a niche area of interest: There will always somehow be newcomers to a site like this, who have stumbled across it just now, even though it’s been online for a decade and a half. There are people who are only now just catching up on DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise or BSG, and every once in a while I’ll hear from them. Often times I’ll see what they’ve posted in the commenting section.
In the past five years since I’ve written one of these things, Battlestar Galactica has come and gone and become a major part of this site. Now we’re on to Caprica. I’d mentioned in my 10-year milestone marker that I’d be reviewing BSG and — oh, yeah — Star Trek: The Next Generation. How’s that TNG thing working out for me? (Weak laugh.) Don’t worry, the one thing I can pretty much guarantee you is that the TNG reviews will be finished before I write another one of these articles on my 20th anniversary. (Weaker laugh.)
So we’ll keep the reviews coming, for now at least. Hopefully we’ll be able to roll on to 20 years. One never knows what the future holds.
To make this an interactive nostalgic experience, the theme of the comments below should be: How did you first learn about this web site, and how long ago was that? If you’re a long-timer, do you remember how different the site was several generations ago?