2010 State Of ScalpEm.com
Posted by William Kristoph
Before I rank the other FSU blogs out there later this week or at the beginning of next week (comment, email or Tweet your nominations to me in case I miss some), I thought it would be a good time to address the state of ScalpEm.com, look back at 2009 a bit and look forward to the new year.
I never include this website in my semi-sorta-annual rankings. Why? Well because if I didn’t vote for myself, what message would that send? On top of that, I’m the only vote in the ranking, so it doesn’t seem fair to include my own site. In place of a ranking, let’s talk a little bit about the past season for the oldest (if anyone can predate 2004 as a site besides Warchant which didn’t have blogs then let me know and I’ll retract the oldest title) FSU blog out there, ScalpEm.com.
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It was a tough year in many respects. There were unexpected offers for selling the site, merging the site, closing down the site, or giving up the site. It was an interesting and exciting start to the season. But after the first month, I didn’t provide the kind of insight that I had hoped when the football season started. My own personal life kinda sorta interfered with that (thank you softball-to-the-face). But, I WOULD like to thank everyone that helped me out. Thanks to Tomahawk Nation, I appreciate all of the links this past year. Thank you writers! Specifically, I want to thank Bill From Tampa andÂ Jordi Scrubbings for keeping some posts flowing. I’d like to thank the folks that participated in the open ended threads while I was out. I’d also like to thankÂ Block-C.com‘s Chili, who helped keep an eye on the site a couple of times this past year. I would also like to thank the ACC blog community (and others I’m surely leaving out) for sending their thoughts and prayers via whatever way they could. I really appreciate it. Thank you to everyone out there on Twitter (follow me or tell your friends about me). Before 2009 I never saw the point of Twitter, but many of you in the community provide tons of great stuff in 140 characters or less. That’s pretty awesome.
I hope that 2010 is much better for our little site, and there is reason to believe that it will be. The Jimbo Fisher era is here, finally. There will be lots to write about, and although I desperately want to be a blatant homer right now, I’ll try to keep everything balanced. Our newest writer,Â Long-Distance Nole, is a great addition to the writing team.Â Â Over the summer there should be some upgrades to the website, perhaps an upgrade to theÂ ScalpEm.com Photo Album and there might even be a spin-off site that honors one of the best, and perhaps lesser-known traditions in college football (but we’ll see about that, it’s just a loose idea right now). All in all, I hope to keep delivering a fair view of the happenings around FSU Athletics. If you’re interested in writing for the site, contact me. Even if you’re looking to start your own blog about FSU, contact me too. I’m happy to help where I can with the technical knowledge of running your own site.
Finally, I’d like to thank the readers (and Twitter helped grow this I’m sure). ScalpEm.com grew 35% based on how many unique visitors come to the site. Those visitors loaded 17% more pages (3 million from visitors, 7 million if you include all of the crawlers out there) than in 2008. Considering the football coverage was sparse at best this past year, I’m very thankful that ANYBODY was reading! I never thought when the site started in 2004 that I would ever see that many pages loaded, or so many visitors would read things I wrote. I thank all of you for reading this site, participating in the comments and helping to spread the word about ScalpEm.com, the Seminoles and all things FSU.
I hope 2010 is a great year for us all!
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