One year ago today, I began what my wife calls a lurid affair with my blog.
Deciding my long-winded e-mail rants about the Phillies deserved wider exposure, I launched a free Blogger blog after reading about the service in Time Magazine. Calling it Berks Phillies Fans, with the intention of having a group of local fans contribute to the conversation, my first official post came about 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Nothing would ever be the same again.
"Welcome to the official blog for Berks County Phillies fans. This forum is intended as a venue for Phillies fans to share their opinions. Have fun."
Like a whimpering mouse, my posts were short, sweet and largely unfocused in those first few months. I harassed established bloggers to add my link and some of them did, some did not, probably because of random posts like this:
"Mike Krzyzewski would set himself up for disaster if he accepted the Lakers head coaching position vacated by Phil Jackson. First, he'd inherit a team that's old, thin, and dispassionate. They'll likely lose Shaq to the Clippers or Mavs, and Phoenix is making a strong push for Kobe."
Over time, BPF evolved. I designed a flashy banner, added links, and a hit counter that steadily went up and up. I stayed active over the offseason while many veteran Phils’ blogs went cold and gained some loyal readers.
Today, I’m in my second month under the new title Beerleaguer. I’ve received great feedback and encouragement to seek a larger audience for this site, and have no intention of stopping.
Tonight I plan on making sweet love to my blog. It will be hot and intense.
Thanks, fine readers, for making Beerleaguer the buxom blog it is today.