When I started CrimeSpace on March 4th 2007, I didn't see it living past the six month mark. I certainly didn't see it hitting over 1000 members or winning any awards either. I just saw a hole in the crime fiction internet universe and wanted to fill it. I'm such a boy.

To celebrate CrimeSpace's 1st birthday, I've given the site a revamp. I imagine I'll be tweaking it a little over the first week or so, but things should be solid and hopefully more readable.

Some of you may need to play around with your member page appearance. Sorry for that, but I can't make it so that it doesn't affect anyone, it's all too tied together. The simplest way to fix these problems is to go to your member page and reapply the CrimeSpace theme.

Since I'm feeling nostalgic, I thought I'd assemble a list of memorable CrimeSpace moments:

Welcome To Crimespace: The very first post, still a good summary of what this place has become.

The Bar: Before the forum was split up into categories, this post served as a place for people to introduce themselves.

Daniel Hatadi: Posted by Ken Bruen, he doesn't mince words. I'm still yet to make it to America, and it looks like I won't be hitting a convention this year, but I will be in LA and NY in September so I'm sure I'll be organising to meet some of you fine folks at CrimeSpace.

The Must-Reads: I've been meaning to compile a list from this thread for some time, but it's easy to forget since it was so long ago. Hopefully this will make me remember.

JESUS!!!: Quite possibly the most fun post ever put on CrimeSpace, almost everyone felt the need to chip in with ideas on how to react when a severed head landed at your feet.

Are Libraries Unethical?: The only post I've ever had to close replies to, this would have to win the competition for Most Flameworthy. I'm happy to say that this is one rare exception to the general niceness of all the people on board this web-shaped ship.

What are you currently reading?: As far as I know, the longest running thread of discussion, this one's a classic that gets reinvented every month or so. Matter of fact, it's about time to start it up again.

How important in grammar?: I always assumed that the mistake in the subject heading was supposed to illustrate the point, but now I'm not so sure.

Is BSP Really Necessary?: The most difficult topic for me to find a nice balance between for CrimeSpace, this thread is where a lot of my early policies were formed. Since they came about from member discussion, I feel safe in saying that CrimeSpace has a good balance between promotion and community.

Anyone else care to share their CrimeSpace experiences? Or, failing that, will someone sing Happy Birthday as I try to blow out this candle?

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Funny you mention Pernod. I just bought a bottle of it as a cheap substitute for absinthe. I might have myself a wee tipple of both tonight.
I won't cry - I won't cry. And I promise I won't sing. Well if I drink enough champagne, I'll hum - but I normally pass out pretty quickly after the humming starts, so I think you're safe.

Happy birthday to Crimespace - yer a bloody genius Daniel

(And I love the rolling banner thingie at the top of the page :) )
No, you won't ... shed a tear ... just as long ... as you ... make sure someone punches you in the arm.

Thanks Karen. I'll be adding some more pictures now that I've ironed out the kinks.
Thanks and congratulations, Daniel! I'm a proud, button-wearing member of Crimespace!
Excellent! Thanks for spreading the word.
Happy Birthday, and I hope that there are many more birthdays to come! I place this site with my other favorite, BookCrossing.com. What fun to hear other like-minded people's opinions. May crimespace live to be older than I am.
Aww shucks, that's mighty nice of you Sue.
Amazing, isn't it Daniel. One never knows what's going to take off, and what's going to die on the vine. Thanks for all your efforts.

BTW, like the new look.
Cheers, Ken. Glad you like it.
Happy Birthday! What a year, huh? I belong to quite a few groups but this is my favorite one. I've met so many wonderful people here who are willing to read, review, even buy my books. I do the same for them. Thank you, Daniel, for giving us this opportunity.
You're most welcome Susan.
Yup, Happy B-Day from me as well. A very worthwhile forum for us crime writers.



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