I have a secret about the birth of PR Daily
—it was conceived partly on drugs.
It was the winter of 2009, and we were in the thick of plotting PR Daily
. I had just undergone surgery to repair nerve damage in my left arm, and due to the procedure, the arm was in a cast. Due to the constant pain, I was eating painkillers, steadily.
When my arm healed and the haze lifted, we had plans for an online trade publication for PR that would be unlike anything else covering the market.
More than four years after those meetings, PR Daily
has surpassed 1 million visitors, an important milestone for any website, and one for which I’m very proud.
At the same time, I'm leaving PR Daily
. Today (Friday, April 26) is my last day at Ragan Communications. Starting next month, I’ll be working at Advertising Age
Thank you for your continued readership. Thank you for your op-eds, pitches, story ideas, blog posts, kind words, admonishments, and so on. With the support of readers, we’ve managed to cultivate this great site. So once again, thank you.
In the meantime, send your future inquires to the very talented PR Daily
associate editor Alan Pearcy
Although they’ve heard me say it again and again, my co-workers at Ragan Communications, which publishes PR Daily
, are some of the best in the business, as are the people in charge. They gave me a shocking amount of freedom to create and build PR Daily
, including allowing (and paying for) the production of the following video (as well as this video
) in the site’s nascent days:
And so, on the occasion of my final minutes at the helm of PR Daily
, I offer these words of wisdom: Always publish list stories.
Just kidding, sort of.
In all seriousness, I like to conclude speeches with a short excerpt from William Saroyan’s “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze: And Other Stories.” It’s supposed to be advice for writers, but I think they’re good words to live by, regardless of occupation. He says:
“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
It’s been a blast. And until we meet again, let’s be Twitter friends: @msebastian