Happy Patchiversary! Oak Forest Patch Turns 1

Can you believe it? It's been a year of weaving this little piece of web space. Of all the words you have read and will read on Oak Forest Patch, today these count most: Thank you.

I have never considered myself "lucky." I don't gamble, because the few times I have, I have never won. Red lights don't flash into green as I'm approaching (yeah, yeah, I know this is more of a timing thing. But we've all tried to 'will' a red light green). I never find money in the pockets of my winter coats (who doesn't love that?).

Nope. I would not say that Lady Luck and I were ever buds.

Until now. Today, as Oak Forest Patch officially hits its one-year Patchiversary, I'm feeling pretty darn fortunate.

A few years ago, I left behind my passion for journalism for a new career path. I resigned from my position as editor of a weekly newspaper for an editing role at a textbook publishing company. More editing, less writing, less personal interaction.

No problem, I thought. Piece of cake. I can do this.

A year later, even my subconscious was telling me, "I told you so." I was itching to be back in journalism. And luckily for me, Patch was popping up everywhere. So, I took a quick look, and then I leapt. For a girl who's never met a risk she didn't run away from, this was a bold move.

I knew little about Oak Forest, I knew a teensy bit about websites—but I also knew I just had to try. 

And I lucked out.

The days and weeks leading up to the site's launch, I tried to hone in on the essence of —who lives there, what matters to you, what you want from a site like Patch. I learned about your businesses, , , schools, and your neighbors. It's been a process, and you've been patient.

The day we flipped the switch and Oak Forest Patch went live, I held my breath with my hopes high. And luckily for me, you welcomed me and your Patch with open arms. I burst onto the scene in your community, and you've embraced me as one of your own.

Thank you.

You've helped make Patch what it is. And there's so much more we hope to become. You and I make a good team, Oak Forest. It's been a wild ride and I can't wait to see what's ahead.

But for now, let's take a look back:

  • How about the? Remember him?
  • Or what about that
  • And don't forget the chronicle of his fiancé's recovery.
  • And then there was the , which left many speechless.
  • Have you met Isabella, the beautiful little girl born to the ?
  • Together, you and I welcomed home , , and .
  • You and I have hashed out issues about and , and . We kinda rock.

Thank you for this first year. I'm blessed to have not only found my place back in journalism, but even more so to have found a place in your hearts, homes and community.

... I think I'll go buy a lottery ticket.




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Lauren Traut December 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Thank you, Chuck! I'm glad to hear that a fellow Patcher (and OF resident) likes the site. :) And I mean, don't you design greeting cards? :)
Lauren Traut December 03, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Thank you, Laura! And thanks for reading, even though you don't even live in Oak Forest. :)
Pat Suchocki December 05, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Lauren, Congrats and thanks so much. I love the patch, keeps me up on Oak Forest, your doing a great job.
Lauren Traut December 05, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Amanda A December 07, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Lauren, you're doing a fantastic job! The Oak Forest Patch is the ONLY way that I get news from the community. You've made it fun and even gave my husband a foot in the door in writing as a local voice... something he needed to put back on his plate. Thanks for supporting my husband's talent and especially for being to voice of the community!


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