I just wanted to take a moment to thank you guys and ask for a favor.
In 2006 I started Rays Index with the intent that it was a trial run for a Bucs blog that fall. Three+ years later, we can’t imagine doing anything else. Nowadays, whenever I hear Dewayne Staats voice I get excited. I can’t help myself. I am one of Pavlov’s dogs and Staats is my dinner bell.
But a storm is brewing. When RI first started to gain a readership, we signed on for four seasons, with the intent that we would ride this train as far as we could and see how big we could build this website.
Last month we drew over 50,000 unique visitors with over 250,000 page views. I have no idea what those numbers mean, but it seems like a lot and seems decent for a website with one writer and for a website that is not piggybacking a large network. The state of the website is strong. But we can make it stronger.
Here is where I need your help…At the end of the year I will either resign with RI or they will trade me to a bigger market for a hot young writing prospect. If we are going to keep the status quo around these parts, we need to see just how big we can make this website.
The only way we can measure the success of this website is through readers. And we need more. Let’s see how big we can make this. Let’s see if we can show the baseball world that the Rays do have a strong and growing fan base.
All I am asking is that if you enjoy this site, spread the word. Tell your friends. Tell your relatives. Tell your dog. Heck, tell people you know that aren’t even Rays fans. Let’s see if we can convert them. If you go to the games mention the site to the people sitting next to you. Forward your favorite posts. Follow us on Twitter. Join our Facebook group. And as always, if there is something you would like to see that would make RI better, by all means, let us know.
In the end, we really want to keep doing this until we are Don Zimmer’s age…or the end of time. Whichever comes first.