What a crazy day… If you are an avid Mets fan, and are addicted to reading blogs about the Mets, today was like a taste of heaven for you.
Between this site, and about two dozen more Mets sites, there were over 300 different blogs posted today!
And nothing happened!
About 10% of those blogs were posted by MetsBlog alone, and they may have just set a new world record of thier own over there.
Anyway, I think all of us would agree that this particular time of the year is such an exciting time for all baseball fans young and old. Baseball’s off season is just as important as the season itself in many respects. It is what makes baseball so unique, and it sets the game apart from all the other major sports leagues.
I find it amazing that we find ourselves in the offseason, and yet in the last 48 hours we have shattered another record in terms of hits, page views and unique visits. I know that sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to most of you, but the increased traffic truly reflects how interested we all are in how the building process of the new season begins and evolves.
We established a new record at Mets Merized Online today with well over 45,000 hits, and I’m sure we will eclipse 50,0000 by the time the clock strikes twelve.
I just wanted to say thanks again to all of you for your support, and I encourage you to keep emailing us with your opinions and suggestions for the site.
When you speak, we listen.
You wanted us to ditch the black… and this past weekend we unveiled our new look for the 2009 season and brightened the site up.
You wanted the site to be accessible on multiple platforms and browsers… and we got our technicians to recode our site and now we can be accessed on 99.9% of all known operating systems, platforms, and browsers.
You asked us to give you more MLB coverage… and we brought on some new and talented writers from all over the country to bring you expanded MLB coverage, but with the same strong focus on everything and anything concerning the Mets.
As I have always said from day one… this is your site… it belongs to all Mets fans…
We may have very diverse opinions, and we may not always agree on everything when it comes to the Mets, but it’s all those voices and all those opinions, that make us who we are.
When we first started this site, you may remember that our original motto was, “Your Fair And Balanced Mets Network.” We don’t really advertise that slogan much anymore, but the principles behind it are still at work each and every day.
This blog never had my name emblazoned on our banner, and that’s because it’s made up of many Mets bloggers and Mets sites that have joined forces for lack of a better word. Their contributions make this site what it is, and I thank all of them. I am privileged to be a part of the same site as all of them.
I know that so many of you like to use the shoutbox on our page. During game days, we would sometimes get as many as a thousand comments. The reason we implemented that was to take the stress off of our server. Before the shoutbox, when everyone would simply leave comments the traditional way on each post, it would create so much stress on our server that it would crash our site, especially on our game threads.
Well I’m happy to announce, that those days are now gone and we are now equipped with the best servers in the industry, we even have an additional backup that kicks in during peak traffic hours. We call it turbo power!
Sometime in the next few weeks, I will be removing the shoutbox and I hope that you will continue to talk and chat it up within the framework of the blog, just as you do now. It may take some getting used to, for some of you regulars, but I promise you that the commenting system will be as efficient and as seamless as the shoutbox, and I haven’t told you the best part yet…
Once we get the ball rolling, we will be using a new feature called “Promote This”. Whenever me or one of our staff sees a comment that on it’s own makes a great point and is worthy of being in the spotlight, we will simply enable the feature and then your comment will appear as a blog post, with you of course as the author.
Anyhow, that’s it for now, and thanks again for making Mets Merized Online, the site For Die Hard Mets Fans!