Today’s our anniversary. And last Saturday we got the best gift we could have imagined.
Walking into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, we fell in behind a group of four. All of them – two adults and two kids – were wearing personalized gameday t-shirts bearing a nickname borne on this blog; Battle of the Beards.
THAT ….. was cool. Whoever that was, if you ever read this, we thank you for making our day.
This blog started as an outlet for friends who loved App State and loved the App State football team. It has always been a labor of love.
Back in those heady ATU days of 2007, there wasn’t much App State randomness on the internets. This blog was started to share stuff we found, like this, and this, and this, and wow … we’d forgotten about this.
We’ve always tried to have some laughs, even on those bad days.
It was never meant to be a money maker. We did once have this really cool merchandising idea but, well, …. bygones. We briefly had a store, but the labor of love became waaaay too much labor (and overstock).
The google ads we run generate just enough to keep the servers on, and maybe fund a beverage or two a month (Wal-Mart vending machines are just 50 cents!).
Several months ago we quietly added a donate button (bottom left of screen). We’ve been surprised at the occasional, random submissions. We thank those who did so.
We bring this up now for a specific reason. We’d like to have a party. Nothing too fancy, but similar to the occasional AppFan tailgates we’ve had in the past.
The deal is, we’d need some funding. So we’re asking for a donation.
If our little corner of the interwebs has ever made your day, feel free to send what you want. We get enough, we’ll schedule an AppFan tailgate for later in the season.
In five years, this $5 website ($3.78 adj for inflation) has attracted .. /glances at google stats … more than 5.4 million pages views, and 400,000-plus unique visitors.
We’ve published 3,707 posts, which averages to .. /counts on toes … about 2.03 posts a day! Which .. wow … kinda shocks us. (We have got to learn to restrain ourselves)
Even bigger? Those ramblings have attracted – to date – 99,563 comments. And that’s aaaaaaall you. You humble us by caring to respond.
This has all been done on less than a shoestring. (Actually, there is no shoestring. Just lots and lots of duct tape).
We thank you all for coming our way, and for always making our day. We’ll always be proud to be Mountaineers.