Yes it was six years ago today that I cranked out my first post on CSR and explained how I came up with the, err... unique name.
When I started CSR I told the NFL Director I would give it at least five years and here we are, six and still going strong I also said my ultimate goal was to go to the draft (still working on that one but I think 2014 is my year!).
I can remember averaging around 100 hits a day and thinking "If I could only get to 300 I would think I had done something worthwhile." Let's see at the moment we have 5,040 plus members worldwide (add your location here), 10,500 hits per day and just surpassed 8.4M user visits. It took almost three years to get the first million and then only two more years to get the next four million. We have now added 3.4M since our 5th anniversary! Mind boggling for me really.
Best is probably the fact that though CSR was the last NFC South blog to get started we are now number one in all categories, #14 overall within SBN football. That's pretty kick ass. It's a tribute to the hard work everyone puts in, both staff and membership....or shall I call it a labor of love?
The truth is this site only became awesome once I added more authors and editors. James Dator, BW, Evan and Rick are long serving guys. We've added a great group of new guys in the last year (see list via the top bar) that has really given us a diverse viewpoint on just about any topic. Another key lesson for me is finally not tolerating the trolls and keeping them on a short leash so to speak. I really hate to hear when people say they don't give their opinions for fear of getting slammed. For me that is a key thing going forward to always keep an eye on.
Another is I want to keep being on the cutting edge in promoting the community and keeping it fun and entertaining. Though the new platform launch took some getting used to I think in the end we improved upon what was already the best blogging platform on the internet.
So a huge thanks to everyone who helped make this a fun six years! Oh, and I think I'm going to stick around for a few more God willing!
Keep Pounding Panther fans!