I just noticed it's been over a year since I last posted something here. I've been pretty busy with lots of other projects, some related to Saugus and some not. I had to take a few minutes away though and acknowledge Saugus.net's tenth birthday.
This past Thursday Saugus.net turned ten. When I started building it way back in early 1998 I didn't really think about what it'd be like ten years later. For the most part I'm happy with how it's grown. For the most part it's pretty well liked and pretty well respected. Many ideals we embraced back in 1998 have since become the norm, and we were early adopters of several technologies that have since become more widespread (we also adopted a few that didn't go anywhere, of course, but that's the price of trying to stay in the lead).
There were a series of posts on Saugus.net itself that cover a little bit of its history: see February 15, April 28, April 29, April 30, and May 2. Saugus.net will also be posting readers' photos of themselves wearing Saugus.net T-shirts. The details were posted on May 1.
The posted history of course doesn't cover everything, and in fact there are a few stories in this very blog (like the story of Saugus.net and the Saugus Public Schools after the MEC site was cracked) that weren't mentioned at all. There are also lots of other stories to be told, if anyone is interested. In Saugus.net's ten years we've had interesting relationships with various branches and departments of local government, different business organizations, and numerous non-profit groups. We've gotten to see sides of things that most people don't get to see; sometimes it's due to being in the right place at the right time, sometimes it's due to having been around for over a decade, and sometimes it's simply due to being directly and simultaneously exposed to multiple sides of a situation.
The book Of Time and the River also has an article related to Saugus.net's annual Ghost Story Contest. It was written by one of the volunteer judges (the first and so far only to go public -- we deliberately hide our judges' identities for their own protection) so it gives a unique view of the contest.
Anyhow, enough navel-gazing. Happy birthday Saugus.net, and I hope you have many more.
I'd be remiss if I didn't notice that Saugus.net isn't the only popular local site to turn ten recently. Jim Harrington's excellent Saugus Photos Online is now also ten years old. Congrats to you, Jim, and happy birthday SPO; I'm sure you've got many great years still to come, and I'm looking forward to seeing them.