Thursday, November 21, 2019

The End Is Near?

2019 has been a roller coaster ride on this blog. The beginning of the year, my blog was thriving with views and comments and I even did a name change for awhile. Then about the middle of the year things started to dip, views were slightly dropping and comments started to not appear as often.I decided at that point to change the name back to Sport Card Collectors without making the announcement and things were good again for another couple weeks.

Well, that didn't last long.

The last three months, views have continued to dip. Comments are slim to none and I spend a lot of days contemplating not moving forward with the blog. I am not talking about fifty views down or one comment down, the views are hundreds down and comments are four to five less. This is significant and so significant that I haven't seen these numbers since my first year of blogging.

It makes me question why I am doing this. Makes me ask why continue on and when I am almost at my breaking point of blog retirement, something pulls me back in. Whether it's bringing back some older segments to see if that helps revive things or trying something new such as the $25 A Week challenge (which is my favorite post to write right now) or getting contacted out of the blue by a longtime reader thanking me for my hobby positivity and then going as far as sending me a package which is what happened recently.

@DennysSportsCards has been a long time reader, Twitter follower, Fantasy football opponent and friend. And out of the blue last week messaged me for my address and said he wanted to send a thank you along. He really didn't have to, but being the nice guy he is, he did.

Check out what he sent,

Julian Love autograph. I am not sure why the Giants haven't pushed this guy more onto the field with as bad as their secondary has been. At this point, try anything. I don't expect half of them to be back next year.

My boy of the past, Rodney!

My boy of now, Saquon. I am not usually one for posed photos but I do dig this Saquon one.

Wayne Gallman Contenders autograph. I love Gallman as a change of pace back but he has got to improve on his signature, so much white space.

And just like that, @DennysSportsCards pulled me back in longer. Not just because of the mail day, but because of the appreciation alone. It showed me that I am still making an impact of some kind that numbers can't show.

Thanks Dennis for the mail day. I enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks for reading as well and giving me a reason to write.

21 comments:

  1. Everyone's views and comments are down. Even Night Owl commented on it a few days ago. We keep on because we love it, and the 60 or so views I'm averaging is about 55 more than I expected when I began in the first place.

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    1. I second Billy's comment - views and comments may be down, but keep blogging as long as it is fun for you!

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    2. It is fun still for me. Just wished I had the same audience to reach. However I feel the love in the comments and that helps me chug along.

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  2. I don't comment as much as I probably should, but I will always be a reader!

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  3. Great read and cards. Nice work @DennysSportsCards.
    Hey! Stick around. Take care.

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  4. Don't quit blogging!

    I contacted you out of the blue last year and asked to be on your blogroll. I still have you on mine. I don't even collect cards, but I still check this blog quite often. I am a sports fan though. I like your dedication and passion towards the hobby. Also the passion towards the blog in general. It's helped motivate me to post on mine more often.

    Your reader,
    Jake

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate that and the support. This helps motivate me :)

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  5. LOVE THIS BLOG PLEASE KEEP WRITING IT

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  6. Stuff like this happens in cycles (I hope). You still have readers out here.

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    1. It5 does but it seems this one has been a much longer stretch. Usually it's a few weeks but it's been a few months. I am hoping for a turnaround

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  7. Like Billy stated... I think card blog views are down across the board. I know mine are too. I enjoy your blog and hope you stick around, but I'd be lying if I said I never thought about blogger retirement myself. Heck... I'm contemplating taking a break from this hobby.

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    1. The hobby I haven't' considered yet. lol. I think the hobby gives me something to do in my spare time that's not work. Blogging is something some days I feel is an unpaid job that I do for fun.

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  8. There you go, proof that people still love you, now stop thinking about shutting down the blog, because we both can't be thinking about it at the same time :)

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    1. I feel the love and support. And what's this about both of us thinking this, if I have to continue on, so don't you! You're one of the ones I read the most.

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  9. My blog I do for me mostly basically a history and archive so as it may be nice to read comments and get them it doesn't really bother me if I don't get mostly just showing what I've gone to and received.

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    1. I enjoy that about your blog and wished I could carry that same attitude as well. I think it's mainly because I have nobody here to show my stuff to get a reaction so on here I am hoping for one.

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