Ten years ago, I got an email from someone I'd never interacted with before. If memory serves, it went something like ...
PLEASE BE TO MY ACQUAINTANCE. MY NAME IS TYLER BLESZINSKI AND AM PRINCE OF NEW SPORTS BLOG NETWORK (SPORTSBLOGS NATION). THE 433 PEOPLE INCLUDED ON THIS EMAIL HAVE BEEN AWARDED A SPOT ON THIS NETWORK WITH FAST RESPONSE. PAYMENT WILL BE $1,000,000 U.S.D. EVENTUALLY BUT HALF OF ALL THE BLOGADS REVENUE WE CAN ACCRUE TOGETHER FOR NOW. PLEASE CONTACT THROUGH EMAIL FOR PROPER PAYMENT METHODS
I ignored it. I was thinking about quitting blogging altogether, to be honest. Too much time. Too much writer's block. Not enough readers/gratification/backrubs of praise. I didn't have the time, complained the dumb 20-something who literally had no kids.
Then a second email came. It was the same as the first, except I think it had "Hey, just wanted to make sure you saw this!" at the top. I almost ignored it again. Except ... you know, I'd always meant to email that guy and ask him how Athletics Nation was so popular. Wasn't it brand new? They would get 70 ... 80 comments after post. How were they so popular? The email also mentioned that Markos Moul ... the guy from Daily Kos was a part of this new network. Well, that guy certainly knew how to Internet well. Maybe there was something to this.
Ten years ago, McCovey Chronicles was born. This is my 5,842nd post here. I've gotten married and had two kids. I found a gray hair a while ago, and they kinda just keep coming. My knees hurt. I have -- no joke -- shrunk a half-inch because of blog life. I can grow a beard now. My CD collection isn't cool anymore, not because of the contents, but because I have a CD collection at all. Barry Bonds broke the all-time home run record, retired, and sailed through the first ballot in the Hall of Rad.
And the Giants won three World Series. A list of teams that haven't lost a playoff series since McCovey Chronicles has been around:
- Blue Jays
The other three teams haven't made the playoffs, mind you. This site has seen some good times, everyone. Good times.
Here's my first post. I titled it "First!" and then made a bunch of stupid jokes. There was no mystery as to what you should have expected for the next decade. After that post, there were seven comments. Then I went to Sweden for a week and ignored the site. Oh, those were simpler times.
The old posts are embarrassing. Don't read them. The headlines were esoteric in-jokes that made sense to me for an hour before I forgot what they meant. The content was short and rushed. I think the first actual baseball post was arguing that a two-year deal to Pedro Feliz wasn't a bad idea, but I'm not sure. Seven people voted in the poll. No one commented.
Now look at this place. How would you describe it? I think this wiki says it best:
There are so many comments here that I've stopped pretending that I keep track. Multiple posts a day. An actual recap to every single stinking game. Three posts in five years about how the Giants just won the World Series! This weird little Giants enclave got over 11 million page views last year. The entire network is a media behemoth now. Mostly because of me and the credibility I provided, if you want my honest opinion. And it all started with the magic of impersonal bulk email.
Ten years. So weird. Thanks to all of you for reading, and here's to another ten years that's just as fun and unexpected.