January 1st, 2017
Today marks 10 years since the first On-StJohn.com post, and that’s pretty remarkable for a blog.
How did 10 years fly by?
Starting this blog was like catching lightning in a bottle, and it has been an honor for us to showcase this island and all the characters that fill up its stage.
We’ve told you the stories of chefs and bartenders, shop owners and artists. You’ve met life-long St. Johnians and expatriates making a new life on St. John, and the entrepreneurs who’ve tapped into the St. John vibe to turn ideas into success.
We’ve talked to kids right off the boat – some who made it and some who did not – and the visionaries who knew decades ago how important balancing St. John’s growth with its special past would be.
We’ve taken you in the air and under the water, and to some awesome neighboring islands.
And we’ve also said good-bye to a dozen people, four dogs, a fawn, a duck and a one-eyed rooster.
You’ve spent time watching the waves at almost every beach, and taken a Jeep ride on St. John’s roads. And you’ve soaked in the views at some of the island’s prettiest villas.
You’ve helped us raise a little money for many good causes on St. John, and you’ve shared your vote on many of your favorite things.
And some of you old-timer On-StJohners have the tee-shirt to show for all of it. (Maybe two if you’re part of the Riff-Raff.)
By design, the one thing we’ve never given you is any of the bad news. Or, actual news at all for that matter. There have always been other places for you to find that.
More than 3,100 posts, 650 videos and more than 28,000 comments. (And 776,000 spams.)
Many, many thanks to all of you for somehow liking the story-telling we have done, and many thanks to our advertisers who helped us pay off the 13 credit cards that finished Bongo Bongo – a milestone recently achieved!
St. John is the most wonderful place on earth, but it is also a bit like playing with fire.
If you decide to make St. John more than just the best vacation you have every year, I offer this: St. John is a welcoming community full of people who want to help you succeed. Listen to them. There is a rhythm and a way things are done.
This island chews up and spits out the ones who fail to get that. We were slow on the uptake and lost a limb or two ourselves.
And “good morning” is more than just a pleasantry on St. John. It’s part of the rhythm.
So, Good Morning On-StJojhn.com followers.Thank you for every single memory!
-Jeff and Russ. 01/01/2017
(We’d run out of room on the Internet to thank everyone who has been kind to us and helped us with this blog from the early days and on, but here’s a start: Cindy and Mo, Gail and Peter, Gretchen and Margie, Boo and Todd, Cheech and Kevin, Sue Brandi and God love him the late John Brandi, Jim and Kelly, Mike H., Steve and Lisa, Jerry and Tish, Miles, Christie and Abby, Hugo and Josephine, Cheryl, Annie, Kim and Joe, Lonnie, Radha, Jane K., Karye and Bob, and last but not least…a special thanks to Ruth and Ron, who kept us going!)