I mentioned several weeks ago that I was going to be making some changes to the site. My original goal for Eagles Blitz was to keep things simple. That changed. Readership in the last 6 months has more than tripled. Those numbers will continue to rise. With that in mind, I decided the site needed to look more professional. I talked about switching to Wordpress and started doing research on HTML, PHP, and CSS. That made May one strange month for me.
Late last week my friend Sam sent me an email. He knew I was making changes to the site and asked if I had any interest in joining another site. Sam is one of the 3 guys who runs Iggles Blog. I hadn't strongly considered anything like that recently. I sort of enjoyed the independence of doing my own thing.
I started to think about his idea. I had read something at Iggles Blog recently that really stuck with me. Derek had a blurb up about how much good Eagles coverage there is. PE.com is the best team site in the league. Blogs like Bleeding Green Nation, Iggles Blog, 700 Level, and so many more provide fans with independent opinions and analysis. The Philly media does a terrific job of covering the team. We pick on them at times for their love of controversy, but go check out how many articles are written about the Cardinals or Colts. Those fan bases have nothing to read. We're very lucky.
Back to my point. With the saturation of Eagles coverage already in place was there a good reason for me to spend time designing, working on, and expanding my blog? I'm a football guy, not a web guy. I started to think more about moving over to Iggles Blog.
Derek sent me an email and made some good points. Our sites have many of the same readers. Both sites are somewhat unusual. This isn't simplistic Eagles talk. We believe in detailed analysis (some might change that phrase to long-winded analysis). There was a lot of logic to joining forces instead of me trying to update/expand Eagles Blitz.
I talked to Derek on the phone. I threw about 1.4 million ideas at him. Strangely, he didn't hang up on me. I figure that if he can withstand that kind of barrage he might just be a good guy.
I finally decided that the prudent move would be to go over to Iggles Blog. We already have many of the same readers, so this will ease things on those people who had to keep up with both sites. There are times when Derek and I write about the same things. This will lessen the burden on us as we can now share those duties. I have tremendous respect for Sam, BountyBowl, and Derek. They built a quality site that provides outstanding content. I wouldn't go over there if I didn't personally like the site.
I will continue to post at a similar rate. We'll work to have a post up every day this spring/summer. Football isn't happening, but that hardly means there isn't anything worth writing about. I will continue my "unique" writing style. Stories will focus on the Eagles, but Buddy Ryan, Megan Fox, and Spinal Tap references will abound. I'll answer questions in the comments section as always. Everyone who comments here is encouraged to go over there and be an active participant.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I can't imagine there will be any serious objections, but voice them if you have them. We are Eagles fans after all.
The move will happen as of effective today. I'll stop by here to read comments on this, but my future posts will be on Iggles Blog.
Thank you for all your support in helping this blog to grow over the last couple of years. I'd especially like to thank Bill C. and Adam H. for helping me when I was making plans for a new site. Thanks guys.