At my day job, we recognize employees when they hit a five year employment milestone. So, whilst attending one of these celebrations recently, I started thinking that longevity is really becoming less common -- for many things. I read that the average existence of a blog is two years. Thus, I'm proud to announce the SDP longevity is twice that! We're 4 years old today.
As I was standing in downtown contemplating what I would post for the big four year anniversary, I realized I was surrounded by quite a bit of change. The building featured has changed hands three times since SDP started…and now it's about to reopen as a running store. This intersection was one of the oddest and most dysfunctional crossroads (for motorists and pedestrians alike) that I had ever encountered, with five streets intersecting with one little traffic signal dangling overhead. A few years ago, the traffic light was removed and this roundabout was put in its place -- a roundabout that many people said wouldn't work…that drivers would be too confused. Just the opposite happened. Residents love this roundabout and, believe it or not, a dozen (yes, 12) roundabouts are planned around the city over the next several years. Throughout these changes, SDP has plodded along. Despite the Computer Crash of 2012 (and the subsequent painstaking resurrection of an our complete photo library), the entire SDP staff is doing well. (Occasionally, though, threats of a walkout arise due to creative differences and/or the lack of purchasing approvals, but fortunately, as Editor-in-Chief somehow I'm always able to employ my diplomatic skills and smooth the ruffled feathers.) While I'm not able to spend as much time blogging as I'd like right now, I find myself missing my friends in the CDP blogosphere and returning when I can. The past four years with SDP has been great and I look forward to many more anniversaries.