Sunday, March 1, 2020

8-Year Blogversary!

Can't believe that 8 years ago today, I started blogging. Sometimes it only feels like yesterday and other times it feels like I have been on here my entire life. You feel me other bloggers?

Year 8 was an off one for me. My daily views were down, my comments were way down, I had to close my Facebook page due to an issue with a fan of the page that creeped me out and I didn't feel like I had the big passion as I have had in the past when it came to blogging. But, as always, I found a way through it fortunately and here I am pushing for a bigger, better Year 9

As always with this post,  I would also like to thank some people who have contributed greatly to this blog in year 8.

Thank you to Tracy Hackler and the Panini crew for their continued support of eight years with providing prizes with reviews.They have been there since the beginning!

Thank you to BCW Supplies as well with providing prizes for contests and their support over 7 years.

And a HUGE, HUGE thank you goes out to Topps who has been a tremendous support the last few years giving you guys opportunities at some great prizes.

Thank you to Midwest Box Breaks for their support as well and as my go to breaker! 

And a thank you to the newbie of the group in Valley Of Cards who has a ton of fun items for sale over at his eBay shops and his personal website.He has become more than just another person on here, he has become a good friend.

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 ;)

I would like to also toss in that not all cards in the past eight years that have been given away on here and Twitter have come from companies. A lot has come from my own personal breaks/collection 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 myself.

I have had many highlights that I am very proud of among the seven years as a blogger, including being named a 3-time 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 Sport Collecting Blog award from GoGTS Live/ Beckett #Fatpacks. Not to mention being contacted by Pawn Stars to help spread the word on them. That alone was pretty awesome.

I have also had a 4200+ view day on here as well, which far exceeds my average of now 600 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 7 years even after some tough health years. I have totaled to close to 7800 consecutive published posts without missing a single day and feel I have accomplished a lot for something I did on a whim. Take that Cal Ripken!


Now let's take a look at Year 8 numbers by comparison to other years. It's tradition.
So let's see how Year 8 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 SixSport Card Collectors blog grew to 952,540 overall views. 6,272 Twitter Followers and 627 Facebook LIKES.

Year SevenSport Card Collectors blog grew to 1,268,414 overall views. 7,120 Twitter Followers and 815 Facebook LIKES.

Year EightSport Card Collectors blog grew to 1,595,972 overall views. 8,353 Twitter Followers and 1291 Facebook LIKES before I ended the page.  
 
For another year, the blog saw some growth in terms of overall views despite what I saw. The Facebook page really grew and is a loss now that I ditched it and Twitter is slowly but hopefully surely creeping me towards 10,000 followers. But, any growth is still growth.

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 2019. 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 , @Jake1725, @CardpocalypseNC, Dennis from Too Many Verlanders, 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 2019. My collection wouldn't have many of it's great pieces without you guys.



Also wanted to give a shout out to Jon over at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts as he sent me some great stuff in 2019 and was also a good friend to me.


And I want to give Valley Of Cards a second shout out for all that he does for me. Dude has sent me some incredible cards over the past few months just because.

I also wanted to give Wes from formerly the JBF blog, formerly the Area 40 blog and formerly known as the symbol his own paragraph here again. Once again, the daily talks, check-ins, cards and friendship is beyond appreciated.

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.

What to expect in Year 9, some older pack/box breaks from the 90's. PC focus posts, continuation of the following segments, Kerry's Cardboard, Rodney's Cardboard, Cardboard Review, Let's Talk About Sets, and $25 A Week Challenge. I am also planning on expanding my Twitter content as well starting today so make sure you are following me there.

Thanks for reading and thanks again to all who have contributed to the growth of this blog the last eight years. Stay tuned for a Thank You contest coming up later today!

16 comments:

  1. Happy Blogversary! You da man and we're looking forward to Year 9.

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  2. Congrats on #8 and keep bringing the fun!

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  3. I appreciate all the hobby companies seeing this blog as a way to show some love for the hobby. Your blogs have really brought back memories of my younger more active collecting days. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for reading. I will have more memories coming up!

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  4. Happy anniversary! I've never tracked my views... but I know that they are definitely down the past 12 to 18 months. Oh well... at least the number of comments have stabilized and that's way more important to me that the views.

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    1. My number of comments has dropped even more. I wished i had your numbers for that.

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  5. Congrats on a GR8 8 years looking forward to reading more seeing more and trading more going forward!

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  6. Congratulations on another year in the books, seems like just last month you were celebrating #7! Hopefully this renewed interest will bring back all of the views, and more importantly, all of the comments :)

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    1. Well if only every post can have as many comments as todays lol. But, we will see. I have a lot of work ahead of me including working on the tabs and overall appeal of the blog

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  7. Congratulations on reaching 8 years of blogging! Your dedication is an inspiration to us other bloggers!

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