Hello there! How have you been? I just wanted to take a moment to check in with the folks who supported this blog from the beginning. This past June I started this personal blog and thought that my friends and family would get some small amount of amusement out of it. I never dreamed that it would have any appeal to people who didn’t know me.
Less than three weeks into the life of the Upper Deck, I had over 5,000 views. It occurred to me that sites with that kind of traffic could make a few advertising dollars if operated and managed properly. The Upper Deck, however, was and is hosted by WordPress.com. WordPress is an awesome site for hosting blogs, and I would recommend it to anyone starting out, but if you are going to pour your heart and soul into your content, shouldn’t you at least be able to call it your own and have the potential to make a living from it?
Believe me, I’m no where near making a living off of writing, but that was the goal when I decided to launch underscoopfire.com. You guys were the inspiration. I’m surrounded by very talented and dedicated friends and contributors who want this website to work as much as I do. I was fortunate to have input on the site’s name (a very youthful inside joke we may divulge details on some day), categories, and content from very trusted lifelong friends partners, and they continue to help make the website better everyday. I can’t thank Corey Chapman enough for his leadership on the podcast, and Joe Zicari and Chris Tanski for making it fun and entertaining every week. You can read about all of the talented underscoopfire.com team here. As for the site’s name making no sense, a wise man once said to me, “What does ‘Amazon’ have to do with books and dvds?”
I am continually trying to improve the users’ experience, and provide reasons for readers to come back. We post new content everyday, multiple times on most days. Every column we run on the site is posted on the underscoopfire Facebook page wall, and the link is tweeted to our 530+ Twitter followers.
In an effort to reward our repeat visitors and in an attempt to grow readership, I have installed a REWARDS program. This program is legitimate, no strings attached. You just click on the small rewards banner on the left sidebar, sign up for a free account, and it does the rest. The program tracks how many time you visit, and you get points for things like:
- Commenting on a post
- Liking a post
- Forwarding the link to a friend, and more