In the wise words of Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Much like life, the same can be said for a blog. Some blogs last quite some time; some slowly die off; some have no chance of survival from the start and quickly end even before they started; some even turn into full-time jobs. But for WFNY, it has not only been just over 12 years since the first article was posted on this website, but there has been plenty of change, both good and bad, along the way as well.
Even with that change, one that has been a constant: We have continued to roll out articles every weekday (and even some during the weekend) as best as we can. While the number of articles that we publish on a daily basis may have declined over the years, it’s not because we care less or are tired of writing and dissecting certain aspects of the game, it’s simply because everyday life has gotten in the way. We all have full-time jobs. WFNY is just a hobby for all of us. That’s what makes hitting the 25,000th article mark such a special moment for us. It’s genuinely incredible to think that even on a blog that barely makes any money and with writers that do it as a hobby rather than a job, 12 years after Rick wrote about the Cavaliers to debut the website, we’ve written 25,000 freaking articles. Staying around for 12 years is quite an accomplishment for a non-full-time sports blog. Writing 25,000 posts in that time frame? Incredible. I’m sure Rick, Scott, Andrew had no idea this is where we’d be today when they first created this wonderful website.
I’m not here to pat ourselves on the back, what I am here for is for us to show our appreciation to every single person that is reading this and continues to make WFNY a must-read every day and even a bookmark on their computer and/or phone. It’s because of all of you that we are still here, honestly.
We are still here today because of all of you—the readers and commenters. While our stories may not get as many views as they once did, there’s a reason we still continue to write, inform, and dissect the four major sports teams many Northeast Ohioans love: the Browns, Cavs, Indians, and Buckeyes. It’s because we not only love writing about it and talking about it but because we care. We care for each team’s success just like the rest of you. We’re passionate, just like the rest of you.
On the personal side of things, reaching out to Craig to see if I could become a writer for WFNY in December 2014 was a decision that I am forever grateful for. While I almost got the boot even before I began,1 I never knew that almost five years later, I would still be here. Writing is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but the best part about being a writer here is that I have only met five or so of the guys here and yet each and every one of them feels more like family than anything, even if I haven’t met everyone yet. Oh, and the WFNY Slack channel. It’s glorious and something that I will always be grateful for.
Writers have come and gone. There are plenty of reasons why that’s been the case. Whether it’s just no longer having the time to write anymore or even getting a full-time writing gig, there have been handfuls of writers that are no longer part of this site. But while the writing side of things might seem like a revolving door at times, there are also plenty of us that stick around because we still enjoy writing on this wonderful website as a hobby. Even though some writers have come and gone, the readers and commenters have continued to support us through it all. And for that, we are forever grateful.
While we all wish this was a full-time gig that we could dedicate much more time to as a whole, it is what it is. It never will be that, unfortunately. But, what WFNY is and always will be is a place that we can all come to celebrate, ridicule, hate on, love on, and last but certainly not least, discuss championships together.
June 19, 2016, was arguably the best day in Cleveland sports history. November 15, 2019 — the day we posted our 25,000th article on this wonderful website — was one of the best in WFNY history and it’s because of you. In all, I, along with the rest of the WFNY crew, just want to say thank you. Thanks for sticking around through good times and bad. Thanks for continuing to read our posts and commenting. Thanks for supporting us, whether it’s just through reading our posts and always making WFNY a priority during the week or even to those Patrons that support us financially. We are grateful for each and every one of you, but especially for our Patrons.
Here’s to hoping the next 25,000 articles are not only filled with much more winning than losing but more than just one championship in Cleveland as well.2
Cheers. Let’s make the next 25,000 even better than the first.