By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
and Tim Hadac
Southwest Chicago Post
At 7:02 p.m. this evening (Sunday, June 24), we signed on to our newspaper, swchicagopost.com, and saw this:
That's right, 20,000 hits in our first 97 days of operation---with no advertising, no promotion, no gimmicks. Just straightforward, honest news reporting.
As we stated in our "Readers Who Count" editorial of May 1, the growth of the Southwest Chicago Post has greatly exceeded our expectations. Truly, a pleasant surprise for us.
Everything we wrote in that editorial still holds. We respectfully ask that you read it again.
We are pleased and grateful for the feedback we continue to hear from you, the tax-paying, law-abiding, civic-minded, ballot-casting men and women of the Southwest Side of Chicago. Your common sense and constructive suggestions continue to be of great value in guiding us. Thank you!
The Southwest Chicago Post has come a long way in a short time. It seems like only an eyeblink ago when we looked at the embryonic swchicagopost.com and saw this:
And despite our unexpected, rabbit-like pace in these early days, we still like to think of ourself as a tortoise.
Our plan was---and still is---to proceed deliberately. Step by step. Just simple, straightforward, neighborhood news reporting with no shortcuts to success.
We know this is not a sprint. It's a marathon.
We're having fun doing what we do, and we are grateful to have met all the good men and women we might not have otherwise met. It's a reminder that the Southwest Side truly is a great part of Chicago, by so many measures---especially the strength and character of its men, women and children.
And like every other part of this great city, we Southwest Siders have our share of challenges, just as we always have. But when the good men and women of our neighborhoods stand shoulder to shoulder, united against crime and blight, united for improvement and prosperity---well, folks, we can do just about anything we put our minds to.
So let's do it.
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