I’m finally turning out the lights on SportsCardBlog.net.
I started this blog four years ago. I was fresh out of college and unemployed. I needed something to keep me from going insane after sitting around the house and getting denied for every job I would apply for. It was rough in this economy, I couldn’t get jobs because I had no experience or I was overqualified with my degree.
Having something to look at, analyze, and write about gave me some bit of purpose. It was a great way to waste time and see if I could actually build something from scratch. In fact, I did build something from scratch. At the blog’s high point in 2012, I was doing roughly 25,000-ish unique views a month. Arguably it was one of the top independently run blogs about sports cards on the web, if not the top.
But life got in the way. During that period of time from 2011 through today I got married, started and finished graduate school, worked three different jobs full-time, and had a baby girl. Now I’m trying to start a business, working full-time, and am still a husband and father. I just don’t have time to blog on here. However, I always have time to stop on Twitter to see what is happening and “micro-blog” with everyone I’ve met in the community.
With that being said, I want to say goodbye to blogging and thank you to everyone who has helped this blog achieve what it did.
To Panini; Hack, Scotty, and everyone else who I’ve been in contact with – thank you for believing in me enough that you would send thousands of dollars of your product that you all worked so hard on over the years. I hope my joys and criticisms with your product were taken in ways that helped evolve your products over those first few years of Panini America licenses.
To Upper Deck; Chris mainly – thank you for your support of bloggers and those who helped cover the industry. Upper Deck Insiders was a great program that I think still has the ability to improve it’s potential. Your product and your community are still your biggest assets. I think a little more focus on your community will help you progress forward – along with some other things that I know most people in the industry already know.
To Topps; who never really gave me the time of day for some reason – thanks for the press releases and checklists. If there was always one thing that drove visitors for Topps products it was that hype information. #ThanksTopps
DA Card World, COMC, & Mojo Break; some of the classiest companies I’ve worked with. Keep doing things right and good things will keep happening.
If I forgot anyone, sorry.
To the Twitterverse; every one of my 3,193 followers as of right now – thanks for your support, reading the blog, retweeting, and commenting on it (whether you hated me or not!). And special shout out to Sport Card Collectors; probably my biggest fan – thanks for the support and continuing to push me for content. I’m proud that what I did helped pave the way for someone as passionate and genuine as you to blog as well.
To the Blogosphere; thank you for welcoming me into the community early on. Keep on being honest, keep on pushing for what’s good in the hobby, and don’t take shit from anyone. Everyone needs a little Stale Gum in them.
If for some reason you are interested in buying the domain and social media handle, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.