Happy Bittersweet Birthday to the Sun.
Four years ago, the GeneseeSun.com was born – more like reborn. It’s been a process – with many errors. Future errors are a guarantee but here we are, healthy and growing.
I’ve learned a tremendous amount about myself over this time and the one lesson that I have always struggled with is that you can’t do everything. When you try to do everything, a lot of things go wrong. The addition of Mr. Conrad Baker as co-owner and editor in chief was clearly a game changer for us.
We started out 2015 with record traffic, and according to Google Analytics, over 60,000 unique viewers for the month of January. We don’t fudge our numbers, we analyze them. It’s a solid number, and we are proud of it. We also know that we need to continue to evolve as news consumption does.
We have quietly been working on a smooth-like-butter App. The Google Play version is now available, and in mere days, the Apple version will be as well. We have also made significant leaps in our ‘Sun Room’ technology and will continue to deliver unique in-house, studio-produced shows on a regular basis. We have quietly dispelled the myth in which we were feebly painted as a blog in a vestibule on Main Street. We have silenced the snickering and scoffing at our efforts.
We quietly hosted debates, quietly live-streamed sports events with play-by-play coverage. We have quietly hosted a District Attorney’s Debate, a Sheriff’s Debate, and quietly live streamed election night, delivering you historic news first. We have quietly challenged those in the wrong, and never backed down from a story that others have. We have also quietly become Livingston County’s only news partner for the leading television station in the city of Rochester, 13WHAM. We have quietly become your news leader.
As we begin our fifth year we will do it without my dog ‘Chisa’ who recently passed away. She’s been a wonderful partner and her spirit will always be with us as she watches down from doggy heaven. ‘Chisa’ was a great news dog, she didn’t only like scoops of food she liked news scoops. She was a fixture on some of my epic jobs at the New York Post and she was with me every step of the way at the Sun.
Setting that loss aside. We are proud, and we are hungry for news. We are built for this, and we are here for the long haul. We are your GeneseeSun.com. It’s not about us, it’s about you. Plow forward, Genesee Valley.