I really am having a hard time believing Mariska-Online.com turns 5 today. I opened its doors back on September 14, 2009 and almost immediately became the foremost source for all things Mariska Hargitay.
I apologize in advance for this long-winded & somewhat indulgent post
To go into a bit of history, since I think some of you have been visiting since day one, I opened the site as Mariska.fan-sites.org. I started this site for me as a way to keep up with her career. I never imagined it would grow into what it is today. And I definitely did not imagine I would be here 5 years later writing this post. In January 2010, I decided to get a domain and that’s when Mariska-Online.com was born. What makes this site special (for me) is the birthday projects I do every year. Since there are so many of you that can’t meet Mariska I thought why not do a project where fans can connect with her and she can read your messages. The first year I did it I had no idea how successful it would become. Literally mind-blowing. That first year has inspired me to make it an annual thing. In October 2013 the site reached a milestone…1 million visitors! Now bare in mind I don’t get paid to work on this site, so it was very exciting to see this website reach this milestone. That pretty much sums up the journey of the site.
A huge thanks to Mariska for just being Mariska. Without you this site wouldn’t exist. A big thanks to my amazing host The Fan Sites Network for giving me a chance to run a site for Mariska. And of course all the past & present fans who use this place as their source for Mariska Hargitay news & media. Fans are the heart of a fan site and I wouldn’t be motivated to keep going if it wasn’t for all of you, SO THANK YOU!! I can’t say that enough. I truly appreciate every comment, email and donation I’ve received over the years.
I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had without this site. Attending the Joyful Heart Gala, meeting Mariska multiple times and the friendships I’ve made all because of this site. I really am so grateful for everything that’s happened the last 5 years (both personal & fan-site wise ;)).
Happy 5th Anniversary Mariska-Online.com!
P.S. I wanted to do something special for the 5 year anniversary, but real life got in the way and I also didn’t have any unique ideas, next year In the meantime, if you haven’t submitted your city or country for the birthday project, do so now! The deadline to participate is October 7th.