I’ll call this an anniversary, rather than a birthday. And it’s been 10 years since I created this business… from the ground up. However, it doesn’t seem like a business anymore. I think of it more as a hobby… something I take care of because I love it. From the ups and downs, so much has happened in 10 years.
For all who supported me in this endeavor, I thank you.
Snowshoe Magazine’s humble beginnings originated in the Denver suburbs of Littleton and Lakewood. Meeting with friends about business ideas and discussing the potential of starting something on the Internet–all from the sketchy corners of a pub called The Front Range Inn.
Having recently graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in English and the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, I was eager to get something started. Snowshoemag originated circa September 2003, the month my son Hayden Thomas Alford was born. In a way, both Hayden and Snowshoe Magazine share the same birthday. I also celebrate my birthday in September, so that month is special in my household.
The road was bumpy and difficult at first, as are most things that require hard work. Of course, I gathered as many friends and acquaintances as possible to get Snowshoe Magazine started. Simply designed in the beginning using HTML, I manually uploaded all the content to the site using Dreamweaver (a user-friendly program for web site development). I remember spending grueling hours working on the site and writing content. For about two to three years, my mornings began at 4 a.m. and didn’t end until midnight. Ah… to be young and in my 20s again.
From an HTML site to a database-driven ColdFusion site, Snowshoemag.com has evolved from something simple to a living, breathing animal. Today, it operates on WordPress, which is far superior to anything I’ve used in the past.
In 2005, I went as far as publishing a print edition, which was an amazing challenge and quite an experience for a team of one guy. But I did it! And that’s all that matters.
Here’s how the site looked over the years (and please excuse the missing graphics):
Here’s the first article I published on the site: Step Into Our Snowshoes.
Again, thank you to all the many people who have helped me over the past decade (and into the future): readers, writers, friends, family members, educators and many advisors. It’s been an amazing, awesome 10 years. I can only hope for 10 more just like it!
Happy anniversary, Snowshoe Magazine! You’ve been the cornerstone of my career and the light of my success. Thank you.