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Celebrating Two Years: Happy Anniversary, Annandale Patch!

Two years ago, our site launched in Annandale, Va. and we haven't looked back since.

Well well, look who's walking and talking now! Annandale Patch is officially two years old today.

Our site launched on Sept. 8, 2010, just two days before my actual birthday, and we have grown quite a bit since then. Last year, I was mostly amazed that a year had flown by so quickly. As we celebrate our second anniversary, I feel as if we have been around for much longer. Two years seems such a short time to cover all the stories we have.

At this time in 2011, we wrote over 1,000 articles, posted over 1,000 events and more than 150 announcements. Today, our numbers are almost double that. In two years, we've produced a total of 3,185 articles, 324 announcements, 2,099 events and 141 blog posts. But we can't take all of the credit. A lot of those announcements, events, blog posts and even some of the articles came from you, our readers.

I don't have enough eloquent words to express my gratitude for your continued support of Annandale Patch. I learn something new about this community every day. This job can be exhausting at times, but it's also very rewarding to receive your comments and feedback (even the criticism).

Two years ago, many of you were strangers to me and now, a lot of you feel like friends. On a personal note, I was unable to celebrate our first-year anniversary the way I wanted to. Just before Labor Day, I had to take close to a month off of work to be with my family while my mother was in the hospital recovering from extensive cardiovascular surgery. Many of you sent me kind emails and passed along your prayers. It was appreciated more than I can say.

I am thankful to all of the residents, students, business owners, organizations, associations and beyond for the professional relationships we have that allow us to cover the Annandale community with such ease now. There is always room for growth and I have no doubt that all of you will keep me on my game as we try to surpass every standard we've set for the site since day one.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that's certainly the case when it comes to running an online news website. Senior Regional Editor Beth Lawton and Associate Regional Editor Mary Ann Barton are as much a part of the foundation of this site as I am. I could not work the way I do and stand upright without them. Our Advertising Manager Jake VanWoerkem is the other half of the Annandale Patch team and deserves a lot of credit for our presence in the community. When you see your favorite Annandale businesses advertised on this site, coupons in our newsletters, or you see a Patch table at a local event at a booth or as a sponsor, that's due to his hard work.

Lastly, all of the Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Patch editors have frequently contributed content to this site as we cover issues relevant to our readers. Thank you to my colleagues, especially our neighboring Patch sites Falls Church, Burke, Fairfax City, Fairfax Station, and Kingstowne. Thank you as always to my team of freelancers without whom a lot of these events and stories would not be on the site.

I look forward to another year of providing you with all of your Annandale news. Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Sherell Williams
Editor, Annandale Patch

Patricia A. Cossio Muriel September 09, 2012 at 05:37 AM
It is great to have a local news paper that gives us heads up on what is going on. Keep up the great work and look forward to reading this year. Great Job!
Sherell Williams September 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thanks for your support, Patricia!
Lisa Buzzelli September 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Congrats Annandale Patch!
Peg Frank November 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
thank you Sherrell and Jakes's support, you info has come in handy more than I can tell you. Good Luck and thank you again

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