Today is our 5th Birthday! On 10 April 2010 we posted our first articles on The Literary Platform, a humble WordPress blog designed by Sam Oakley, with the aim of creating an umbrella home for digital and literature projects, and thinking in the area.
At launch the response was really encouraging with hundreds of nice tweets and direct messages, and press coverage in The Guardian, Creative Review, Design Week, Digital Arts, The Bookseller, Computer World, Bookbrunch and PC World.
Our favourite reactions were ‘wow!’ (we had a few of those), ”bookmarked‘, ‘looks great‘, ‘recommended’, ‘loving The Literary Platform’, ‘love the idea of the Literary Platform’, ‘very useful’, ‘very interesting‘, ‘a good read’, ‘brilliant’, ‘great site and content’, ‘invaluable’, ‘great showcase’, ‘really nice initiative’ and ‘well done!’
Lots of messages came from readers the UK, but also from Tokyo, New York, Canada, New Zealand and New Mexico. We had over 2,600 readers from 66 different countries in the first 24 hours. In addition, we had a great response from publishers, writers and developers sending over projects that The Literary Platform hadn’t yet showcased.
Following the launch of the site, we developed a specialist digital publishing consultancy and we’ve had the privelege to work with some truly amazing clients, and our work travels have taken our team to New York, Sao Paolo, Milan, Bologna, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Beiijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Stockholm and Abu Dhabi.
Running a small UK-based business coming out of a recession has been extremely hard work, but ultimately rewarding. Last month we were listed on the Fortuna 50 list of the UK’s fastest-growing women-led small businesses, and in 2013 we featured in the Guardian Professional/h.Club 100 list of ‘most innovative and influential’ in the creative industries.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 5 years! And here’s to the next 5…. (hopefully)
Sophie & Jo