Happy Birthday To JoeAugust 7th, 2012
Today is Joe’s fourth birthday, as Joe embarks on his fifth season of publicly obsessing about all things Bucs on these here pages.
About two years before JoeBucsFan.com was born, Joe hatched a plan to cover the Buccaneers in a way that would entertain and interest Joe, nothing like anything that was out there in the traditional and stale media. A defunct site called JoeNetsFan.com was the inspiration for the name and the spirit. But Joe decided to bring a different angle, the whole third-person “Joe” thing.
For many months Joe was grinding and pounding on these pages writing passionately for almost nobody, only hundreds per day. Traffic grew while Joe endured endless personal attacks, the result of rattling the cages of Bucs fans, the Bucs organization, and Joe’s media brethren.
But Joe pressed on, confident that fans were buying into Joe’s unique brand of journalism, a hybrid news/commentary blog that continues to be like no other.
Thankfully, the fans kept coming, and yesterday JoeBucsFan.com enjoyed about 16,000 actual visits, a rather typical day.
Joe’s traffic continues to rise and has reached the point where Joe now is the No. 1 destination for legions of Bucs fans. In fact, multiple independent surveys of Internet traffic place Joe as the most popular Bucs-only site around.
It’s been a fun ride (Joe could write a book about all the bizarre sh*t he’s experienced), and Joe appreciates all his readers. While Joe has his share of wacky daily commenters, the typical reader around here only comes once a week or so, and Joe is thankful to all of you.
In the birthday spirit, Joe is seeking donations to help fund his obsessions with the Bucs, babes and beer. Thanks in advance for those who choose to give Joe a birthday gift. Your cash will help drive Joe to new heights, or new lows, depending on your perspective.