I can't believe it myself, but it was one year ago this week that Mondesi's House was officially unveiled to the masses. "10 Worst McClatchy/Nutting Pirates Moves" was the very first article, and it was a blast to put together. Little did I know that those 1,568 words would change my life forever.
I've been humbled by the overwhelming response since day one. I do this site because I've always enjoyed writing (I'm the son of two journalism majors) and I've always loved Pittsburgh sports. I'd like to think of myself as a creative person, and when I hear stories about how much people love the site, it's incredibly rewarding.
I could thank a number of people, but I'm going to make this really simple: the audience is what makes this site go. With no audience, are my words even heard? With no audience, how would I get all of the tips, photos, and links that make up so much of the content? With no audience, how could I continue popular features like the mailbag? I feel like I've become a middleman for all things Pittsburgh. You're sending the news and you're reading the news that others have sent. Things are running like a well-oiled machine, and I can't thank you enough.
I have some exciting things lined up for this week in honor of the one-year mark, including some special features, some "year in review" items, some "best of" goodies, and some surprises, of course. I have high expectations for this site. And I expect the second year of Mondesi's House to be exponentially better than the first. I can say without a doubt that the best is yet to come.