While I'm confident that in time, 7500 will grow out of its little shell and attract lots of visitors and we may actually have to police our community, I know that creating a blog readership takes time and effort and commitment. Aaron and I jumped into this less than six months ago, and had only been on SBN for a little over a month when the World Cup rolled around. We'd barely had time to write about Aston Villa, much less attract a community.
But so many of you took the time to come by and look at our World Cup coverage--and more than that, you stuck around to comment in our threads. Most new sites don't have a back-and-forth that goes on. People are afraid to come out of their shells and contribute to the conversation. On 7500, though, so many of you knew each other that it made for a fun time--and, even better, it made others, who aren't a part of LL, feel comfortable enough to start commenting. We had the highest number of comments on any soccer-specific open thread, and the LL commenters were a big part of making that possible.
So thanks, guys, for being a great community that throws your support behind other members of that community stepping out and doing something new. If it weren't for this site, we wouldn't be blogging on SBN. I know that y'all have had many discussions over what it means to be a community, and what can be done to better Lookout Landing, but I hope you know you've got a wonderful thing going here.
Cheers, and hope to see y'all back at 7500 to Holte.