It was one year ago today that we published the first article on German Pulse, “Waking up the German American community“, and we are extremely happy with the progress we have been making. Our goal from the very beginning was to bring some new life into the German American community and inspire others to take action and connect with their heritage. German Americans still make up the largest ethnic population in the United States, but many of our readers know that the spark of life that once made this population thrive has died down over the years. We hope that we have been able to make somewhat of a difference over the last year and we haven’t given up yet!
A look back at our first year
When we launched, we already had a big vision for German Pulse’s future but did not know whether it would take off right away or take several years to grab the attention of the German American community. With the help of some dedicated contributors and fans, we have grown much faster than expected and have seen the number of visitors and page views explode over the last 12 months. It could never have been done without the dedication of our team and of course the tremendous loyalty of our readers. Thank you for helping make our dream possible!
It took some time creating a balance of coverage that our readers wanted to read and it was important that we delivered content that could appeal to the entire community. Our readers are able to find a variety of topics covered on German Pulse, ranging from news, events, music, culture, humor, and more. As our readership numbers have grown, we have also forced ourselves to step it up as well by providing even more coverage throughout the week. At first we were publishing an average of 5 articles a week, and now we are currently averaging 10 a week. The response we have seen has been inspirational, and we are excited to continue stepping up our game in the coming months.
A look into the future
We promised from the very beginning that what you see at German Pulse today is just a portion of what we are building this site up to be. The articles you are used to finding will always be the foundation of German Pulse, but we are currently developing an entire community where you can connect with other German American’s around the United States. No, we are not trying to create a new Facebook.. there are too many of those. What we will have is a place to post and find local events, find organizations and meet-ups based on your own criteria, share your favorite German recipes or find a new one to try, and so much more.
If you want to stay up-to-date with our progress, please consider signing up for our email updates. As the full launch gets closer, we will be keeping our subscribers updated through this email list, and of course make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get even more German Pulse throughout your day.
Again, thank you very much for all the support you have given us over this first year and we look forward to sharing the exciting future that we have planned with all of our readers in the years to come.