Happy New Year
Just wanted to check in and say ‘hey’ during what’s been a rather quiet spell of the Hot Stove season.
Speaking of Hot Stove, be sure to listen to the Reds radio network tonight. I recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the Reds Hot Stove league show hosted by Marty Brennaman and it airs tonight (New Year’s Eve). I was on along with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Jim Kelch and we covered myriad topics and issues about the team.
*The 2013 season was certainly interesting and I addressed some of the bigger storylines in a story for Reds.com/MLB.com. Click here to read.
*The year was also active on this blog as traffic remained strong. When I get monthly reports, I’m always amazed that this blog, which covers one of the smallest market clubs, is often ranked in the top 10 among the beat writer blogs. Sometimes it ranks in the top 5. Credit goes to you, the readers and fans, for stopping by and checking it out. It would be nothing without you.
*My doors are also blown off from the report of people in different nations that have viewed this blog. I’m sure some were goofy Google searches gone awry and mistaken clicks. But I’d like to think it’s mostly because Reds fans are everywhere and this is a way for them to stay connected. There were page views from 133 different nations this year. Of course, the United States was the overwhelming leader, but check out the rest of the top 25:
Republic of Korea 2,651
United Kingdom 2,080
Puerto Rico 654
New Zealand 392
Dominican Republic 330
Hong Kong 84
Also among the 133 were Sri Lanka, Belarus, Albania, St. Kitts, Iraq and Cuba. I borrowed the idea of posting the global stats of the blog from Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs. In terms of overall traffic, we have some work to do to catch up to her but kudos to her for keeping Cubs fans informed.
Wherever you are, thank you. I hope to keep you updated here throughout 2014 and will see what other ways I can keep you coming back. The 3 stars may have been retired but I’m still mulling over some sort of daily “thing” that will interest you.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year and may 2014 be a good one for all.