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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Back Again

Since the update to added the new front page for news and updates, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to post here. I mean, if the front page has all the news and updates, what is this blog going to hold? I finally figured it out: a more casual and behind-the-scenes look into me, the site, and it’s development. Let’s start with what I did all of last night.

I’ll be the first to admit that is struggling. Our traffic isn’t very good, and most people who do hit up come and go in a matter of seconds. What can we do to change that? More exposure and better content. The latter is always under development, but the former was my task last night. I worked on getting’s name and brand out there last night, ponying up some money for advertising. So far, it’s worked; we’ve had more hits since the ads started then we had all last week. With more traffic, I’ve got a reason to keep the site moving forward.

On a more serious note I would like to – someday, but likely not soon – turn into a profitable site. That would mean either renting out ad space or adding a pay section. Neither of those options appeal to me at the moment. Inserting ad space can be done but I don’t feel provides enough content right now to warrant charging our visitors. Donations of course are always welcome, but I kept a PayPal donation button on the main page for a couple years and got nothing. In the new revision I took it down not because of the lack of donations but rather because it was an eyesore. It screamed ‘I’m cheap!’ to me, which isn’t really the case.

On another subject, I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this, but I’m a Cleveland area native (Akron, actually) and therefore have always been a Cleveland sports fan. With the Indians floundering yet again and the Cavs running the risk of losing only their best player ever, it’s not a good time here. I bring this up because my fandom occasionally seeps into my Twitter account and may reappear here. Later, all.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New now live

As I write this, the new, improved is going live. It still has a rough edge or two, but overall I’m happy with it. Let me know what you think of it and hopefully it can continue to improve.