To the readers:
I haven’t reached out to you in a while, so I figured it was time.
The following is a list of questions and concerns regarding the site, as well as where I see things going in the future. Take the time to read it over if you’re interested.
Why is the quantity of posts down recently?
You may have noticed that in the past few weeks, I’ve been updating the site much less frequently than in the months prior. This is out of necessity, in some ways, but also because some readers have told me in the past that there was too much content being offered on a daily basis (yes, too much is possible).
Basically I’ve taken the quality over quantity approach. I’m writing fewer articles, but trying my hardest to make them better than a lot of the crap that appears on these pages. It’s a win for you, and a win for my free time.
Why aren’t you writing different types of articles, like those outside the realm of the major sports?
With an ever-increasing readership, there has been more variety in the type of reader we attract to the site. Many of you want only to hear about the big three sports (baseball, basketball, football), while some of you are looking for other stuff such as hockey, horse racing, other collegiate sports (rowing, track, etc), and what have you.
The fact is, I can’t cover all that stuff because frankly I don’t know about all that stuff or care to follow a lot of it. I’m a sports fan, yes, but that doesn’t mean I have to be into every single sport. I doubt most of you are even that omniscient.
The way I look at it, it’s not fair of me to write about something I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about because I’ll look foolish in the process and insult the intelligence of the people who actually know a thing or two at the same time.
Plus, there’s a fine line between what The Readers as a collective whole want to read about and what you, the reader, want personally to read about. Just because the reader wants something doesn’t mean The Readers do, and that’s just reality.
This site is and always will be devoted to the fans of Seattle and what they want to read about, but sometimes I can’t please everyone and that’s just the way it is. In the words of Johnny Moxon, I am only one man.
The Top 11
Taking a week off from the Top 11, but it will be back next week. It has been and likely always will be the most popular feature of this site, so it’s not going anywhere. Everyone loves lists.
Where are the ads? Are you making any money off this venture?
I’ve pretty much scrapped all ad space on this website, because all those little add-ons that can be tacked onto the pages (like Google banners, etc) pay you such a small amount on the dollar that it’s not really worth it in the long run.
The only way I plan to do advertising in the future with this site is if someone approaches me one-on-one to promote a product/event that I truly believe in.
Of course, what that means is that I make zero dollars off this site and I’m fine with that. I have a job that pays me money and I view this site more as a hobby than anything else. The benefit I stand to make from this site is in knowing that people enjoy reading the content, and in seeing where the free pimping of my own material takes me. Who knows, I might be the next Bill Simmons (that’s an insult to Bill Simmons…sorry, Bill).
Expectations and the future
I don’t expect anything from anyone, and I truly appreciate all the feedback I receive about the site every day. Even those of you who simply take the time to tell me you disagree with something I’ve said. At least you’re taking the time, right?
On a personal level, this site has allowed me to expand my writings across a number of media outlets all across the country (internationally, in fact, if you count Canada), and has given me a foot in the door for future opportunities down the road.
From the reader’s perspective, expectations have been placed on my shoulders to provide you with reliable content that is both entertaining and factual. I take pride in being able to do that on a daily basis, and appreciate the fact that you expect that from me. It means I must be doing something right.
When I started the site in November, I said we’d just take it one day at a time and see where Seattle Sportsnet goes. I still stand by that today. If something happens tomorrow that requires me to put the site on hold, then so be it. I’ll have no regrets no matter what happens.
Most of all, though, I just want to reiterate my gratitude to those of you who care enough to check out the site from time to time. Your interest means a lot, and often times I refer to you as “fans” in quotation marks not because I question your fanaticism, but because I can’t honestly process the fact that there are actually fans that follow this site. It’s humbling, as I’ve said before.
I’m glad I’ve been able to unite people through this website, and if nothing else, create a community of Seattle sports fans (and sports fans beyond Seattle, too) that can interact here, if nowhere else.
We’ll see what the future holds with each passing day. Thanks again. And thanks for reading.
–Alex Akita, Seattle Sportsnet