Six years ago today, I started sport card blogging, wow.
I had just started my journey in learning the new age of collecting via
social media as I wasn't much of an internet fiend up to that point. I
set up the The Cardboard Fans Facebook page-one I failed to mention last year when I did this post- that went flat fast for a short period which drove me to do a Sport Card Collectors one. I never knew it would grow so much over the years and have a blog add on after a year of running it.
How did I discover blogging? As I expanded my internet collecting, I read/joined
forums and had discovered a couple of sport card blogs along the way and
because of them, one was The Knights Lance by Panini and the other was
the now retired Sports Card Blog.net. I am not sure what it was, but something to do with the posts on The
Knights Lance in February and the contests that Sports Card Blog.net was
running, it was one of those instant "duh" moments that I needed to
start up a sports card blog. Something simply led me to it and I just
can't explain it fully.
So began my journey in figuring out how to blog and what platform. It
seemed blogspot was the easiest to use, so I set something up, put in an
obvious name (I regret the name still as creativity was not in my books
at the time but guess I am stuck with it FOR NOW) and tried to figure out all
of the nooks and crannies on how to post. With lots of help/guidance
from the one and only Tracy Hackler, who I consider my main inspiration
for blogging and my Yoda on getting me going, I was able to put up some
posts and get underway. It definitely didn't come easy as I was still a
rookie making rookie mistakes. You know, taking poor pictures, copy and
pasting pics from my Photobucket that disappeared over time and simply
not understanding what/how to fully post with many errors.
None of that got me down however and it only drove me to work harder at it.
My sophomore blogging year things improved but I still ran into rookie
mistakes. However, with that year and each one after, I continued to
tweak things up to try and keep readers interested. I ran many, many,
many contests and surprise mail days as I love giving back to the hobby
community that has given so much to me. Glad I am still able to do that
today and hopefully beyond.
I sometimes can't fathom how long I have been blogging on here and the
many changes and shifts I have made over these amazing six years and the many great people I have met in the online community.
I think going into year six with the recent changes I have made at the beginning of the year, I feel the best I have felt about the blog
yet and don't feel I need to make anymore changes. I just wished it
hadn't taken me this long to figure it out. I am sure in another year this feeling may change. It's all apart of the blogging process.
So let's see how Year 6 matched up to previous years, here is the breakdown:
Year One, Sport Card Collectors blog had 68,169 overall views. 695 Twitter Followers
and 118 Facebook LIKES.
Year Two, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 205,240
overall views, 2,206 Followers on Twitter and 147 Facebook LIKES.
Year Three, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 340,841 overall views, 3,576 Followers on Twitter and 159 Facebook LIKES.
Year Four, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 483,217 overall views, 4,494 Followers on Twitter and 431 Facebook LIKES.
Year Five, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 679,331 overall views. 5,325 Twitter Followers
and 541 Facebook LIKES.
Year Six, Sport Card Collectors blog grew to 952,540 overall views. 6,272 Twitter Followers
and 627 Facebook LIKES.
Year Six has seen amazing success and huge growth. I have also noticed a jump in my blog followers since the beginning of the year picking up 8 new ones. I haven't seen that many new ones in forever. Thanks for following!
The blog has also grown a lot in 2018 per views. They have doubled per day since the end of 2017 going into 2018 with my new writing revamp. I hope you guys can also tell the difference with longer posts, tips on collecting, an inside look at my collecting and pieces of my past with pictures, relics and toys.
I was surprised how well Facebook has grown however. I only post my
links on there now. I used to interact more, but it felt the more I
interacted, the likes went down. Same goes for Twitter and that has really grown.
I have had many highlights that I am very proud of among the six years as a blogger, include being named a
Panini Player Of The Day Blog Champion (2 years co-winner), receiving a
tremendous UDRAK (Upper Deck Random Acts Of Kindness) for all that I
give back to the hobby, and finishing second out of hundreds of blogs
for the 2014 Blog Of The Year in the Bip Award and finishing second place in
The #HasAVote #BestBlogger Hobby All-Star Award On CollectorSaurus
Site. I finally won a Blog Of The Year contest beating out many great ones in 2017 claiming the first ever Best Collecting Blog award from GoGTS Live/ Beckett #Fatpacks. Not to mention being contacted by Pawn Stars to help spread the
word on them.
I have also had a 4200+
view day on here as well, which far exceeds my average
of now 900 but even this number has gone up double since last year. Another proud moment is also never missing ONE SINGLE POST DAY on
here in 6 years even after some tough health years. I have totaled over 3850 published posts and feel I have accomplished a
lot for something I did on a whim.
Before I close up
today's post, I want to say a few thanks as well to those who have
played a role in the success of Sport Card Collectors.
Thank you to
Tracy Hackler and the Panini crew for their continued support of six years with providing prizes with reviews.
Thank you to BCW Supplies as well with providing prizes for contests and their support over 5 years.
And a HUGE thank you goes out to Topps who has been a tremendous support in year five and six giving you guys a chance
at some pretty sweet prizes and fun contests through reviews.
Make sure to
check all of the companies above out and give them a follow on all
social media sites and let them know the many thanks for the support of
Sport Card Collectors. Also, go buy their products ;)
Not all cards in
the past six years that have been given away on here have come from
companies either as I thought I should clarify that. A lot has come from
my own personal breaks as well and cards that I have picked up
specifically to be given away. I just love to make others happy and to
grow the hobby anyway I can. The card companies help with what I started
I also wanted to thank the other sport card bloggers who added me to
their blogroll this past year and that I have added to my trading circle. I hope to add more blogs to my blogroll
and I hope others will add me to theirs in this next upcoming year.
It's a very nice community to be apart of and one that I hope to get to know more of and be more apart of this year.
I wanted to also take a minute to thank all of the new traders I have
added in 2017. All of you helped support my hobby addiction in another year I
couldn't afford to do much in. Thank you.
Finally, I also wanted to give an extra shout out to my top trading buddies Shane over at Project Pedro Blog and Bryan over at 90's Niche Football Card Blog
and of course top reader that is always overly generous and a good guy,
Grady M. I truly appreciate what you guys helped me with over the years
and especially 2017. @JGfan24ever deserves a throw in here to with all
of his generosity towards me. I appreciate every surprise you send me in
my mail box.
And one last thank you to @Jake1725 for listening to my thoughts, opinions and being there for me to bounce ideas off from. Also for those who take a minute and RT/Share my posts. I truly appreciate all of it.
In closing, I wanted to thank you guys, the readers. If it wasn't for
you, why bother posting. Thanks for reading and checking out Sport Card
Collectors blog. I hope you find what I post interesting, inspiring, fun
and informational as that was my aim when I started up this blog. Hope
to see you back here again tomorrow or again today :)
Now that my Golden Globe speech is done and I can picture all of you in
my mind giving a standing ovation and hopefully not a middle finger, God
Bless all of you and have a great day. A contest celebration will be
posted soon as the giving continues here.
All the best,