• Turning Second, Going For Three

    Posted by on April 20th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    Two years ago today, I decided to start this blog. When it went ‘live,’ back in April 2005, this site averaged around 200 unique visitors per day.

    One year ago today, this blog celebrated its first anniversary. At that time, back in April 2006, this site averaged around 1,600 unique visitors per day.

    Today, in April 2007, this site averages over 5,000 unique visitors per day. That’s a sweet little jump (from 200 to 1,600 to 5,000) in just 24 months time. I’m still not 100% sure how or why this result has happened. But, given that it’s reality, and an upward trend line, it is neat to see such results.

    Back on ‘Day 1,’ I wrote: “…my intent for this blog is to provide running commentary, personal musings, and the like, on the Yankees.” If I must say so myself, my aim (with regard to sticking to that intent) has been true these past 730 days.

    I am sure that some consider me to be too ‘Anti-Pollyanna’ at times here with my Yankees-blogging. I can understand that – as I’ve never been one who believed that Yankees fans must only say “positive” things about the Yankees and their players – even if the player was a dud or if the Yankees made a terrible move, etc. (Further, I believe it’s wrong, should a Yankees fan share something that was not all “hugs and kisses” about the team, that they should then have their “Yankee-fan-dom” questioned to the N-th degree.)

    However, in terms of appraising the Yankees, where John Sterling (whose real name is Harold Moskowitz – did you know that?) sits on one end of the spectrum and Jerome (“from Manhattan”) Mittelman sits on the other, I like to consider myself as having residence somewhere around the mid-point between them. Sure, from day-to-day, I may sometimes stray a bit from being dead center on that line. But, when that migration happens, it’s not too long before I get back to my preferred position. Being in the middle is a good spot to work from – because it does allow room for that lateral movement when it’s required.

    If someone or thing in Yankeeland is going well, I’m more than happy to cite their achievement. Conversely, if there’s something or one in Yankeeland that deserves to be razzed, I’m up for that as well. After all, you can put a pig in a party dress, but, it’s still just a pig. I’m not in the business of handing out buddy-passes to people just because they have an interlocking “NY” on their chest. In any event, regardless of the type of dish that I’m presenting on a given day, I do try and make it entertaining here for readers (via some humor and/or enlightenment).

    The feedback to my offerings, over all this time, has been very appreciated (by me) – and telling (to me). When I first started blogging here, it was very common to see comments (left to entries) like: “I love your blog!” or “This is my favorite Yankees blog.” (What’s not to like about hearing that?) Granted, recently, it seems as if I do get more comments like: “I can’t believe you get as many hits as you do publishing such nonsense.” or “That’s it – I’m never reading this A-Rod bashing blog again!” Such a shift is concerning…but, just to a point…because, after all, the hits (meaning visit counts) keep coming. So, whether I’m the one that people love, or the one they love to hate, I must be doing something well here – or at least well enough to make people want to check it out.

    And, it’s my intent, now, to keep doing what I have been doing – since it seems to be working (in the sense that people are interested enough to check out the site each day). Thanks to all for their interest in WasWatching.com over these past two years. If you keep showing up, I’ll be here with something for you. Lastly, please, keep the comments coming. Those, along with the visitor counts, keep reminding that I’m not spending a lot of time here doing something absent of reason. As long as my fellow Yankees and/or baseball fans get something out of this, that’s a great reason to keep doing it.

    Comments on Turning Second, Going For Three

    1. Garcia
      April 20th, 2007 | 9:36 am

      Great job, Steve. Thanks for all your hard work.

      Ultimately, at the end of the day, when the games are going on, we are all saying the same thing : “Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!”.

    2. rbj
      April 20th, 2007 | 11:16 am

      Stand up triple.

      Now, if only the Yankees could take 4 of 3 games this weekend. . .

    3. April 20th, 2007 | 11:55 am

      ~~~Stand up triple.~~~

      LOL. Not related to anything…that made me think of a line from the TV show “Jericho” – where Jake said to his brother “Stop acting like you hit a triple. We all know you were born on third base.”

      What a great line. I’m still keeping it in my pocket to use on someone when the timing is right.

    4. April 20th, 2007 | 12:44 pm

      Wow. I just found out that’s a Barry Switzer quote. Go figure.

    5. April 20th, 2007 | 2:24 pm

      Congrats on two years.

    6. Sadecki
      April 20th, 2007 | 2:56 pm

      Congrats, sir. Best Yankee blog out there in my opinion.

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