by Simon Pipe, editor
St Helena Online is six months old today – 20 July 2012. Although a couple of features were posted on the site at the back end of 2011, it was not until January that it became properly active.
One day, a yachtie’s drawing of Ann’s Place in Jamestown popped up on the internet, and it became the subject of the first post of just over 350 that have been published this year. I’m still a little way off my millionth hit.
Initially the site was intended as an exercise in blogging as part of a master’s degree course at Coventry University, but it developed into a full-blown news website, now partnered with – but not part of – the St Helena Independent.
Today, I enrol on Birmingham City University’s online journalism course in order to use the site as my final MA project, and keep it going for a few more weeks – which, regrettably, I wasn’t able to do at Coventry.
Part of the project will be to attempt to find a way to make the site “sustainable”. It will never make money. The likelihood is that it will not be viable to continue it in its present form after I submit my work for final assessment in mid-September. At the Indy, editor Mike knows there will not be so many stories for the paper each week from then.
I hope to find a justification for keeping the site going in some form, probably with occasional articles. It could even become a project for another journalism student.
In the meantime, it’ll go quiet for the next few days. I’m off camping. Please enjoy reading the site… while you can.
I’d like to thank the many people who have given practical help or shared their wisdom, of which there has been much. It is an exciting time to be writing about St Helena – even from 5,000 miles away. Best wishes…
Ann’s Place – a sketch