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.