100,000

No, it isn’t the latest transfer fee being bandied about for Michael Bostwick, and it isn’t the number of people who spent last night trying to buy Wycombe tickets.

100,000 is the monthly views figure that the Stacey West passed today. For the first time in the short history of the site we have had over 100,000 views of the pages in a single month. As you know I’m always quick to say thank you, and I think this moment is perfect to say thank you.

When I first started this blog in March 2015 I only ever envisaged a couple of posts a week going on. I wanted something to focus on in an evening, something to pull me away from Fallout 4 or whatever PlayStation game was stifling my creativity at the time.

Now, 18 months on there are around 30,000 unique hits every month, and crucially 100,000 views. The site has grown signifcantly, and I think that is a reflection on media and its current delivery of content. I don’t aim to rival the Lincolnshire Echo, but the figures show there is a market for alternative coverage, honest coverage by someone who (hopefully) knows what he is talking about and can relate to fans.

I don’t expect readers to agree with everything I say, that isn’t the point of opinion. What I want to do is bring daily content that people enjoy and want to interact with. Recently the addition of the Daily Quiz has proved very popular, and if something goes down well then I’ll keep putting it up. I can’t keep up the level of content on my own though which I why I’ve had some superb guest bloggers over the past few months, and I shall continue to do so. Similarly I shall be assisting Tom Williams with some video content delivered through his YouTube channel in conjunction with the site.

I’m always grateful that people want to read the Stacey West, and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who does so. This isn’t a business, it is a labour of love. I want to create the sort of stuff I would want to read and interact with, and clearly todays benchmark shows that somewhere along the line you’re buying into it. If I can keep putting money into the club, albeit small amounts, then I’ll do that too. 

I won’t be stopping anytime soon, this site is here to stay and I hope to develop it even further over the coming few months. Getting to this stage has not been easy, believe me it is incredibly hard work. I’m often up at 2am finishing off a quiz or editing pictures to an uploadable size, but when I wake in the morning and see people ‘bantering’ over their scores it is all worthwhile.

Even though tomorrow I have family coming from all four corners of the UK I shall endeavour to make sure you have a quiz and of course some sort of assessment of tonights wonderful premiere at the Odeon. The Stacey West never stops, and I’m already planning how to keep it up during my late-September break in the Scilly Isles.

Thank you for coming and reading the site, and here’s to an even more succesful 2017/18 season. Up the Imps.

17 Comments

  1. Love reading the blogs and not been much I’ve disagreed with in all the months I’ve been reading. Don’t enjoy the quizzes. Can’t believe how awful I am considering my first game was in 1967 when I was 4. Whenever I get more than 4 out of 10, I feel very smug. Look forward to reading the next hundreds of blogs you’ll be writing.

  2. For exiles like me the Stacey West has been a real bonus. Well argued opinions, fascinating twists on mainstream stories, lots of insights into what is going on behind the scenes and an introduction, via the quizzes, to a lot of ex-Imps who I’ve never heard of (unless you’ve been making them up!). All power to your elbow and please keep up the good work

  3. 100000 thats bloody rubbish!
    Keep up the good work !

    The Blogmeister or should that be ‘master!

  4. Said it before and will say it again, I can give it no bigger compliment other than it is the first place I visit in a morning while I blearly sort my life out and get things powered up at work. It is a candid review of what is going on, speaks in away other media can’t, has up to date info, and more importantly it has a soul. Make no mistake this is a great blog and I almost want to make this further comment seperarely because it should be kept apart from what you do, but the Echo is almost unusable now. The amount of actual content v the insane number of ads and click bait articles is just ridiculous. It is sad but I am very glad the blog exists to pick up the flack, but also go that bit extra. Keep it up!

  5. Congratulations, Gary. You get what you deserve. If your blog suddenly disappeared, I would be beside myself. I check out the blog headlines in the morning and then settle down for some serious reading/quizzing mid afternoon. So much more than just match reviews and pre-views….it’s everything Lincoln City. I love it!

  6. Congrats Gary, great milestone and whilst your thanks to readers are appreciated I feel far more thanks are due from us to you!! Keep up the great work and UTI!

  7. Great work Gary. Really enjoy reading your informative articles. I start every morning at work with the daily quiz. I highly recommend them! Darren Carrier really flummoxed me the other day.

  8. Another Imp in Exile in Chesterfield who loves reading your articles, absolutely superb and more importantly written by a true fan. I look forward to them popping up each day and have loved the quizzes which have been brilliant.
    Keep up the good work Gaz and I look forward to a new season of your informative writing.

  9. Congrats on the milestone Gary – the articles are fun, super informative and keep an exiled Imp in the loop! Thanks for all your hard work….

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