Happy birthday, dear website

My, how time flies. I was on the phone with a prospective freelance writer yesterday when it dawned on me that someone had a birthday coming up.

Midwest Energy News, in all its wonky glory, launched one year ago today. Initially an aggregation site, we’ve since evolved to include a blog (which I endeavor to update once a day, presuming I can dream up something to write about), and original enterprise stories that we publish at least once a week. Our reporting has been republished by Grist and SolveClimate News, among other outlets.

Here’s what MinnPost media writer David Brauer had to say about Midwest Energy News the day after it launched:

There’s no reason why a non-journalism non-profit can’t do good aggregation, especially when employing experienced newsies. The ultimate worth of Midwest Energy News will be the strength of its curation, and if it lives up to its substance-emphasizing mission statement, it will be one for conscientious Minnesotans to bookmark.

What do you think? Are we living up to the mission? (Don’t be bashful).

And thanks to all of our readers, contributors, e-mail subscribers, tipsters, Facebook-page-spammers and everyone else who makes producing this site so rewarding and/or interesting.

Photo by mndrix via Creative Commons

4 thoughts on “Happy birthday, dear website

  1. I’m glad to share a birthday with Midwest Energy News! We use your service as part of our own RSS energy news aggregator on our website. I’m also very impressed with your ability to step back on some of the hot topics of the day and provide some context (and/or BS-detection). Keep up the good work!

  2. Congratulations on a year of being my favorite source for energy news! I get a lot of newsletters, aggregator emails, etc., but the MWEN is the only one that gets opened every time. I know it is local, topical, timely, and wonky enough to provide me with the news that is relevant to my job and interesting, without having to wade through a lot of irrelevant material to find it.

  3. Happy Birthday to MWEN. You keep me informed of happenings in your area of the country that we don’t get from our local news media.

  4. Have to admit, it took me a while to find time to get through all the energy news you provide but I am now better informed and more adept at skimming stories. So appreciate all the work you do; would be impossible for a small organization like ours to sift through some a volume of info. HB and keep up the good work!