1,000 Posts: Proof of My Craziness

This post is SCU’s 1000th post, and to me that is the craziest thing in the world. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t believe it when I saw what was about to happen. Think about it, this blog was started in late March 2008, meaning there have been around 475 days of SCU existence, give or take. That also means there have been about 2.1 posts per day since inception, though the number is possibly deflated because I don’t usually post on the weekends. Either way, that’s a lot of work and time I have spent on this site, and I want to reinforce my appreciation for the opportunity to stick around.

Although the hobby impact of this blog has been largely unseen, I have to hobnobbed with some of the big wigs around the industry, spoken with a few NFL players, talked to a baseball player or two, corresponded with a guitar hero, and made many new friends – all thanks to the blog. Although it has taken thousands of hours to produce, those things definitely make every word I type worthwhile to me.

I’m not sure I expect myself to be around the scene a few years from now, but who knows? I didn’t expect this site to last this long, either. Regardless of my intentions, I would like to thank you, the reader, for sticking with me. Love me or hate me, you make this site possible, and you have my gratitude, even you want to send me needless piles of email about my lack of control at a buffet.

Here’s to another 1000 posts!

A New PLATINUM Look At The Hobby Media

Yesterday, amongst all the bonanza at Wax Heaven, Mario has hit his 1,000,000th visitor making him the most visited card blog on the net. It wasnt anything surprising as Mario has worked his ass off for the last year and a half to get there, but what does that mean for the rest of the hobby media?

This blog has never hesitated to tout that because of the CBN, Beckett is no longer the hobby’s number one source on anything but Wrestling cards. Thanks to people like Mario, who have tirelessly promoted his brethren, there are more people coming to the blogs than Beckett’s monthly readership. Of course that really doesnt matter all that much these days, because more people use Beckett for checklisting than price and news anyways, something evidenced in their declining constituency, massive layoffs, and outsourcing of jobs.

Where do we go from here, now that Mario has hit platinum? Well, considering that all the bloggers do what they do for free, working outside of any responsibility to a manufacturer buying ads in their publications, and dont have to worry about pissing people off, Id say we are well on our way to bigger things. It used to be that people had very few places to go when they needed card news, and they were forced to use places that couldnt say anything real about the news they needed. This is no longer an issue, as more commentary is offered daily on the blogs than in all the major publications combined for the month.

On top of all of this, with growing dissension amongst the masses about conflicts of interest, I would say the hobby media has more X’s than blank days on their calendar to extinction. Hell, more people at the Beanie Wells event had seen my site than I ever expected.

Lets face it people, though things seem to be struggling in an industry with major ethical and financial problems, Bloggers are going stronger than ever. Congrats Mario, you deserve all the hoopla you get. Be sure to go check out all contests over there and get entered for boxes, cards and even a $50 gift certificate to DA Cardworld.