We’re One Year Old! – An Editors’ Roundtable

by Alice Magdziak • May 2, 2011 • Editors' RoundtableComments (0)1791

Yes, we like NYC and all it offers but it’s very expensive.

Yes, we know the stereotypes of New Jersey but none of us are any of those things.

No, we don’t want to talk about any of those NJ reality shows, because they aren’t our reality.

Ours is a reality of working, living, eating and exploring in a New Jersey that has everything you could ever want.

Beaches, mountains, farms, cities, suburbs, crime, peace, cats, dogs, eagles, sushi, hot dogs and diners.

We’re a group of people who are interested in exploring New Jersey and recording our findings in words and pictures, or anything else we feel like posting.

Read and enjoy.


It was one year ago today that we wrote these words and started You Don’t Know Jersey.

We thought we could create a place where New Jersey wouldn’t be the butt of anyone’s jokes—that is, unless we were the ones making those jokes!

We’re thrilled that so many people have come along for the ride with us.

In the spirit of our Editors’ Roundtable series, we thought we’d each say a few words on this auspicious occasion.



Growing up in New Jersey I always knew this was a special place.  New Jersey was fun.  My family didn’t have a lot of money so instead of far away vacations we spent our summers with day trips to Seaside Heights or maybe swimming in Terrace Lake in Butler.  We didn’t need fancy trips to California or Florida.  We had Jungle Habitat and Space Farms.  Fairy Tale Forest and Land of Make Believe.  If you ask me there was no better place to grow up.

I love it just as much as an adult.  I love the people, places, and smells of New Jersey.  The diners and delis.  The state parks and malls.  The highways and back roads.  I moved away for a few years but I knew I had to come back.  New Jersey gets in your blood.  Love it and sometimes hate it but can’t leave it.  We had been thinking of doing a blog for a while but never followed though.  A year ago we decided sitting around and talking about starting a blog is not  the same as writing a blog.  I’m glad we did as even an old 40-something guy like myself  loves finding out new things about the people and places of our awesome state.  Makes me feel like that kid that dove off the 10 foot diving board at Terrace Lake years ago; thrilling as hell!


What has affected me the most has been the overwhelming response from our readers on our site as well as our facebook page. It really gives me motivation when I make my posts and makes all the time and effort worth it. When we started the  website, we had the premise of letting people know what New Jersey is really like. As far as I am concerned, it has everything you could ask for in a conveniently small space. And New York City and Philadelphia are perfect compliments. They provide us with easy access to what big cities have to offer. Our first year has been fun. We have enjoyed presenting New Jersey as we see it, but we are still in the process of establishing our identity and I hope you check back regularly to see how we continue to evolve and expand in our second year. Thank you to all of our readers.


I moved to New Jersey eleven and a half years ago and fell in love with it pretty soon afterward.  I’ve lived in cities, suburbs and even rural areas around the country and never felt a connection to a place like NJ before. What was it about this state? I wanted to know more!  Luckily, my husband was from NJ so he started taking me to lots of different places that were special to him.  I loved NJ for its traditional feeling and the fact that you can still find a family-owned restaurant or store nearby.  I loved that there are beaches, mountains, farms and cities all within an hour or two of driving.  I was hooked.  So, when we began talking about starting a blog, I was excited to learn even more about my adopted home state.   This year has been thrilling for me and I’m really looking forward to learning more and writing about New Jersey and all it has to offer.

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