My apologies; I'm late getting this up.
/pauses for everyone to make "That's what she said" joke
Approximately two weeks ago, the odometer on the 1958 Edsel Corsair that is Battle Red Blog rolled over 5,000,000 hits. For a site whose humble beginnings consisted of two guys talking to themselves (for real...check out some of the posts from 2007), I'm always blown away to see this corner of the internet grow the way it has. The reasons for this exponential growth are numerous, but the top three reasons in my humble opinion are as follows:
1. Anyone who is reading this and anyone who has ever passed through BRB, even if only for a moment. I've said it countless times before, and I still mean it: BRB wouldn't be anything without everyone who reads, comments, FanPosts, and FanShots. The community--all of us--is what makes this place go. To those of you who keep coming back and make this place a part of your daily routine, thank you times five million. We all have ownership of this site, and I am beyond grateful that you take the time to care the way you do.
2. The writers. It feels like I say this every time I write one of these posts, but it's always true, even as the faces change: The guys "on staff" are the best anywhere. The work of TDC, Brett, Rivers, MDC, UT, Vega, BFD, and TGC is without peer, and I am constantly amazed by the quality of their insight and the wittiness of their work. The people joining our merry band (announcement forthcoming, by the way) have a tremendously high standard to meet, and it's a testament to what all of them have done that we have so many people express a desire to contribute here. Gentlemen, thank you for all that you've done, and thank you for all that you continue to do.
3. The platform SB Nation provides. I know the shift back in September shook things up quite a bit, yet I still believe this is the best system around for fans to congregate. The technological resources and general assistance SBN gives us are second to none, and without it, we wouldn't be able to do what we do here.
Here's to the next million. Thank you all.