[BEGIN SAPPY, THANK YOU POST]
Thanks to the well structured (AND TOTALLY NOT CORPORATE) organization that is SB Nation, individual blogs are routinely updated with their traffic numbers and other site features. Additionally, the Mothership provides us with some exciting updates (stay tuned for some major changes, bigger than the logo thing). And while we normally go about our business after having read the updates, this changed yesterday.
The Penn State football program is having a down year, on and off the field. That's an understatement. But because of that, it would have been easy to speculate that our readership would down.
Thanks to your dedication and devotion, and thanks to all of our fantastic writers and contributors, that speculation would have been incorrect.
Yesterday, I (along with the other SBN College editors) received an email from Peter Bean, who in addition to helping run Burnt Orange Nation, is one of the leaders of the SBN College division. The numbers he presented were staggering given PSU's recent past. (The timeframe for these numbers was the first 13 days of college football season, so the Monday prior to the Ohio game through the Virginia game).
- T-8th in posts/day (5.3), as well as total posts (69).
- 6th in pageviews, just 800 shy of 500K (for those interested, the most popular blogs in the SBN College division, by pageviews, are in order: Tomahawk Nation (FSU), Burnt Orange Nation (Texas), Bruins Nation (UCLA), EDSBS (CFB), and Testudo Times (Maryland))
- My personal favorite, 2nd in a three-metric analysis, which looked at pageview growth from last year, unique visitors from last year, and average posts per day; only Bruins Nation accomplished the trifecta with more pageviews.
What does all that mean? Why do I care? Well, it shows that you guys (both active commenters and lurkers alike) have stuck around us through some pretty tough times. The numbers matter to me personally because I'm the one, along with Mike, who takes the heat when things go bad; with numbers like these, I don't foresee any heat-bearing in my future.
So, essentially what I'm trying to say is...on behalf of Mike, the editors, and all of us at BSD: