For the writers and managers of Thought Catalog, there was much to celebrate. The previous year, 2014, had been its biggest in terms of Web traffic, which sometimes exceeded 30 million unique monthly visitors.(According to the audience measurement firm Quantcast, that’s enough to place Thought Catalog among the 75 most popular websites in the country.) And there were new developments on the horizon.On February 1, 2015, Thought Catalog had 1 million visitors.” He introduced “the man of the hour,” Thought Catalog founder Chris Lavergne, who gave a brief speech thanking everyone who’d contributed to the company over the years, and then introduced the musical duo ASTR, which performed as partygoers stood around munching cotton candy.Whether Devine was citing traffic figures from other continents (on local time, February had not yet arrived) or peering into the future was unclear, but no matter.There, at The W Loft on Kent Avenue, the scene was uncharacteristically lavish.Waiters carted around hors d'oeuvres as bloggers and online media elite gawked at potted plants, decorative typewriters and what looked to be a real taxidermied bear.
To younger passersby, the words were immediately recognizable as the logo of the popular millennial-themed website, whose staff, past and present contributors and friends were celebrating the site’s fifth anniversary across the street.
And around 10 p.m., a musician and longtime contributor to the site named Mat Devine took the microphone for a celebratory toast.“This is an insanely special occasion,” Devine gushed.
“On February 1 of 2010, Thought Catalog had 200 visitors.
The truth is, I never considered my relationship with Clarice as it pertained to my past relationships, the similarities and the differences, the positives and the negatives, until I first met with Dr.
Phillips roughly eight months after that night at the bar.