Arrowhead Pride turns two today...
Back in April of 2006, while I was living in Washington, DC, I started the now-defunct Tomahawk Blog. Since I wasn't living in Kansas City anymore, I needed motivation to keep up with the Chiefs, since I wouldn't be getting my info through all of the easily accessible local coverage. And, I didn't want to go back home to KC to visit and have my friends call me out for not paying enough attention to the Chiefs. I figured they'd think I was all East Coast, which they did anyway.
About a month after doing daily posts on the Tomahawk Blog, BBS from Stampede Blue shot me an email saying SB Nation needed a Chiefs blogger and wondered if I was interested. I of course said yes and Arrowhead Pride was born a short time later.
As I've often mentioned here, the first year or so of the blog's existence was total crap. My writing was terrible and I had no idea what I was doing. Don't even go back and read the archives. I'm talking one line posts and stuff. It was embarrassing.
Somewhere along the line, I became more comfortable and got better command of the site. I'm not sure when it happened. It just sort of did.
The last two years have seen a steady increase in quality, quantity and traffic for Arrowhead Pride. We have some truly great contributors that come here. And that's what it's really all about - you, out there reading, commenting and writing your own stuff. Without you guys, I'm just another guy with a sports blog.
There are a few people I want to thank for helping this blog get to where it is. First and foremost, I need to give a big THANK YOU to Primetime, who is a long time contributor and main man behind the scenes. He writes, he edits, he comments. He does it all. Thanks Primetime. I feel like this is as much your site as it is mine.
I also need to say thanks to ALL of our commenters and contributors. Like I said above, it's all of us, pulling seats up to the proverbial bar and talking Chiefs that make this thing run like it does.
The Chiefs blogosphere needs a shout out too. Arrowhead Addict, Home of the Chiefs, Warpaint Illustrated and KC Chiefs Fanatic to name a few have been around for a long time and I often took inspiration from you. Thanks.
For you stat guys out there, here are a couple interesting facts:
Total number of visits: 498,771 (How cool would it be if we hit 500,000 visits today?)
Best month for traffic: That will be this month. We'll go over 50,000 visits this month. Our previous best was October 2007 (48,943), when we got a front page link on SI.com. We had over 21,000 visitors in one day.
Total number of comments: 20,561
Total number of front page posts: 1,456
Total number of FanPosts: 848
Total number of FanShots: 342
Well, I'm going to leave it at that. I'm glad you guys enjoy your time here. Because I really love doing this. Everyone keep up the good work.