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  • State Of The Community Update

    The trade deadline is a significant event in Twins Daily’s calendar and now that it’s over, I thought we might give an update on how the community is faring.


    • We have 1923 registered users and 963 of them have contributed at least one post to the site.
    • We have 2209 threads with 40,120 posts. Each month, the number of posts has been increasing by 24%.
    • 133 members have tried blogging and produced 1342 posts.
    • Over 150,000 unique visitors have stopped by the site since we went live just over five months ago.
    • On trade deadline day, we set a record for activity with 45,000+ page views. What’s more, on Friday we will pass our 3 millionth page view.


    We (actually, Brock gets all the credit for this ) have also rolled out a new mobile version of the site that we hope will help you keep in touch with the community even when you have to be away from your PC.

    I hope you’re all as thrilled with the scale of what is happening and are committed to making everyone feel welcome. The goal of this site was to make it easier for Twins fans to find great independent Twins writers and thinkers, regardless of the background and baseball beliefs. We’ve now reached 150,000 fellow fans who have read your posts and blogs three million times.

    So THANKS for continuing to share your passion and make this community an inviting baseball oasis. Please think about sharing it with friends or even strangers who are as passionate about the Twins as you are. Passions are best when they’re shared.

    And PLEASE don’t hesitate to share your thoughts/suggestions about the site in our Questions About Twins Daily forum.

    Blogs

    You would think we might be happy with 133 member blogs and 1342 posts. We are, but I believe we can do more - that there is a lot of hidden talent out there. So in our forum I’ve opened a thread talking about the establishment of a Twins Daily Writer’s Club. If you’re interested in writing more, please check it out and let me know of any ideas you might have.
    This article was originally published in blog: State Of The Community Update started by John Bonnes
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      Congratulations on your first six Months.

      You guys have done incredible work.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      It seems to me that you have achieved all of your goals and then some. Thanks to all of the creators of this site.
    1. petro8220's Avatar
      petro8220 -
      This site's awesome! Thanks guys, keep up the good work!!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Those numbers are great but I think we're only getting started... I'm excited to see the stuff we come up with between now and Opening Day 2013!
    1. Blackjack's Avatar
      Blackjack -
      I followed Seth over here from SethSpeaks and appreciate all the good in-depth baseball info. on both the major and minor league teams.

      One thing I don't like about the site is the viciousness of some of the commenter’s and the attacks on other commenter’s. I know you need to have a thick skin on these online sites but pity the poor baseball fan that asks a “stupid” or “silly” question. I’m sure there are a lot of people that won’t participate and post because they’re afraid of getting barbecued by one of the ‘experts’.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
      I followed Seth over here from SethSpeaks and appreciate all the good in-depth baseball info. on both the major and minor league teams.

      One thing I don't like about the site is the viciousness of some of the commenter’s and the attacks on other commenter’s. I know you need to have a thick skin on these online sites but pity the poor baseball fan that asks a “stupid” or “silly” question. I’m sure there are a lot of people that won’t participate and post because they’re afraid of getting barbecued by one of the ‘experts’.
      I agree with this 100%. We will work on that.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      When this site opened I immediately recognized that it had by far the best web design of any Twins site. Linking to other Twins sites was huge, and the user-friendly design has attracted a lot of fans. The comments have been remarkably good.

      For future fun I'd like to see photo collections of some of the minor league players. Everybody's got a camera these days, so it's just a matter of finding people that see games, have them snap some pics, then post them somewhere Twins Daily can link to, like Flickr.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Congratulations! It's an understatement to say you're all off to a terrific start. I'm sure everything from here will just keep getting better.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Congrtulations to you all.
    1. MidwestMeat's Avatar
      MidwestMeat -
      By far the best Twins community out there, great job guys! I followed the content and forum discussions on my reader for a while before I even signed up to start contributing...great stuff!
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Good job guys--I was led to this sight by Howard Sinker column in March. A little disappointed that Howard is not on the site...still missing batgirl from a few years ago...now if you guys could get her to contribute...
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      Congrats on the success. I enjoy the site very much; it has greatly increased my enjoyment of baseball in general. With your help I have become a proud baseball nerd. I enjoyed Bonnes when he was on Kfan on Thursdays as the Twins geek and that is where I first head about the Gleeman/Geek postcast on Sundays. My dog and I go for a 2 hour walk on most Sunday nights and quench our thirst for nerdy baseball discussion. That was about 10-11 months ago and from that source I heard about this site being put together. So I go from one person, to two and then to thousands. It is quite fun. Thanks again.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Great site. Congrats to everyone, the owners and the contributors. I just hope the Twins can get better soon.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      congrates and thanks for creating this site
    1. daveha's Avatar
      daveha -
      Given the caliber of the founders, I expected a great site. I was not disappointed. Must reading.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
      I followed Seth over here from SethSpeaks and appreciate all the good in-depth baseball info. on both the major and minor league teams.

      One thing I don't like about the site is the viciousness of some of the commenter’s and the attacks on other commenter’s. I know you need to have a thick skin on these online sites but pity the poor baseball fan that asks a “stupid” or “silly” question. I’m sure there are a lot of people that won’t participate and post because they’re afraid of getting barbecued by one of the ‘experts’.
      One thing thats hard to figure out on a board, like this, is sarcasm/fooling around/teasing rather than outright spite. Dont get scared off by the 'experts' as we're all here for the same entertainment....Ive had some pretty arguementive posts with 'experts' but I respect ALL their opinions as Im also very set in mine/but I love different points of view. I can argue/disagree badly with someone on one post & completely agree with them on another. Please dont take things personal as this board is SO far below others as far as attacks IMO. Dont think this site is vicious at all, just very opinionated (which is good).
      I love the site & rarely go back to the old ones I liked. So many great minds, opinions, stories that Ive never found anywhere.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      One thing thats hard to figure out on a board, like this, is sarcasm/fooling around/teasing rather than outright spite. Dont get scared off by the 'experts' as we're all here for the same entertainment....Ive had some pretty arguementive posts with 'experts' but I respect ALL their opinions as Im also very set in mine/but I love different points of view. I can argue/disagree badly with someone on one post & completely agree with them on another. Please dont take things personal as this board is SO far below others as far as attacks IMO. Dont think this site is vicious at all, just very opinionated (which is good).
      I love the site & rarely go back to the old ones I liked. So many great minds, opinions, stories that Ive never found anywhere.
      It's a fine line to walk, to be sure. We don't want to ban fun, but we also understand that some valuable voices can be scared off by a hostile tone in threads. Believe me, this has been a hot internal discussion lately.
    1. deanlambrecht's Avatar
      deanlambrecht -
      I agree with most here, this is an excellent site. I really appreciate the work. I followed over here from Nick's site, and was thrilled to find even more of the great posts that Nick was putting up from the rest of the crew here.

      Also agree with the commenter that if there's any way you can lure Bat Girl into posting here, even only once in awhile, that would be huge. I'd pay big bucks for another Lego-vision post!
    1. Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      It's a fine line to walk, to be sure. We don't want to ban fun, but we also understand that some valuable voices can be scared off by a hostile tone in threads. Believe me, this has been a hot internal discussion lately.
      Diplomacy is good. Clever sarcasm is great. Some of the namecalling by frequent contributors with websites is appalling.
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      You Guys are THE BEST! Congrats on a great site, and thanks for all of the work you have done - Aaron and John - podcasts are a real highlight! I know I need to get to Seth's podcasts, too - all in good time.

      Thanks!
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