Happy Birthday, sierracountyprospect.org
By Gabby Fringette
It’s the New Year! What does this mean? A hangover that could kill a horse and some embarrassing photos on facebook? Maybe for you, but for me, it’s the prospect’s birthday!
In 2009, five years ago on the 1st, The Wizened One posted the prospect. He changed from O ‘Deef’ One to The Fringe Meditor (managing editor).
But the Meditor is not what’s important here: the prospect is five years old.
The prospect gained readership with surprising velocity. That time the next year, it had three thousand readers. Admittedly, The Fringe opened it dozens of times a day, but it looked good on paper (or pixels, as the case may be). The budding paper started out with two issues a week: one on Sunday, and one on Wednesday.
Advertising was a little shaky; The Fringe didn’t collect for his ads, because even back then he believed the American currency was imaginary.
If you let him explain, it sounds logical.
Cooter, now the main draw for the prospect, didn’t start out for a few months.
Instead The Fringe put up horribly dry political cartoons, that made ‘fun’ of congress, and google. Then he came to his senses when he read a few of those ‘comics’ himself.
I started writing 250 word Gabbys April 2011; I started writing for Sundays.
But because the Internet at out house was so weak, and The Fringe was running out of people to tick off, we cut Sundays and only put the prospect up on Wednesdays.
Then, in 2012, something terrible happened. We temporarily left Sierra County. We handed the paper off to the Dissenting Editor, Liz Fisher. She was the only one who wanted to even be associated with it.
We taught her how to run it, and put it up which she ignored, and she immediately changed the format and the site location from a .com to a .org, and it brought us closer together. Even though, to a horrified bystander, it looked the opposite.
The sierracountyprospect.org has over 900 Fringes, Gabbys, Cooters and editorials. The prospect has ripped apart and examined countless board meetings, we’ve reported on all the Yuba pass chili cookoffs. The time I reported the chili cookoff, I’m not sure if it was the clipboard, or that I was asking their names, but people thought I was a cookoff judge.
There were many Fringes that could be described as ‘brilliant’. Whether because they are hilarious, or because the truth they speak educates the reader.
Happy Birthday, Sierracountyprospect! Stay warm, every one, and have a happy New Year!