It’s kind of mind-blowing that we’ve literally reached the decade mark for this website. It opened its doors back on January 11th, 2004 and almost immediately became the foremost source for all things Mischa Barton. We’ve survived the highs and lows, battling the haters and cheering the successes, and I think, like Mischa herself, we’re at a good and solid place right now. Not to get too sentimental on you, haha.
I apologize in advance for this long-winded and kinda self-indulgent post 😉
To go into a bit of history, since I think some of you have been visiting since day one, Shanna opened and maintained the site from January 2004. She ran the site extremely well which actually inspired me to open a website specially catering to fans of Marissa Cooper (It was called Coop, Marissa-Cooper.com). During 2004, Shanna also brought on a co-webmaster named Janine who remained with the site for years. Around the end of 2004, I was brought on as a part-time co-webmaster (well technically, I started as an “Australian correspondent” due to the extremely high level of press attention Mischa received in Australia).
During the end of 2004 and for a few years after that, I was splitting my time between this site and Marissa-Cooper.com. After the whole The O.C. debacle, I decided to close Marissa-Cooper.com and work exclusively on this site. So in effect, I merged the two sites together. Shanna and Janine eventually left this site, but it clearly would not be here without them starting it in the first place. Just in case you guys read this, thank you!! Oh, and I also want to thank Nat, who had a brief stint as a co-webmaster too.
During the site’s heyday, we were getting upwards of 30,000 hits a day. Now bear in mind, none of us got/get paid to work on this site, so it was always very exciting to see so many people clicking and visiting. I think at last count we had accumulated over 10 million hits.
That pretty much sums up the journey of the site.
It’s a cool achievement that we’ve managed to keep up with regular updates over the years since it is genuinely not very common for a fan site to last this long. And it really is all because of Mischa. She probably doesn’t even know it, but her presence and her performance sincerely has had an enormous impact on a lot of fans.
Huge thanks to Mischa, just for being Mischa. A big thanks to Gertie, our amazing host from the Fan-Sites Network (plus Luciana and Annie who keep things running smoothly server-wise). And of course all the past and present fans who use this place as their source of Mischa Barton news and media.
Happy 10th Anniversary MISCHA-B.COM!
P.S. Hope you guys like the 10th Anniversary Edition design!