In terms of numbers, dodgerfan.net grew at an extremely rapid pace and we more than quadrupled our readership over the past 12 months, with readers from every state and an additional 94 countries. While that’s a fantastic accomplishment for the two of us that run this site, we really owe our success to those that have read our work, supported us and challenged us with their own great content and perspective. As a result, we feel more like veterans of the Dodger blogger community every day.
We definitely owe a huge amount of thanks to Josh Rawitch, VP of Communications for the Dodgers and his team of professionals. Josh’s forward-thinking approach to social media over the past several years has exponentially enriched our coverage and joy for what we put into this site. That approach seems to also spread throughout the organization, so our appreciation also extends to Ned Colletti, Joe Torre, Dennis Mannion and the rest of the Dodgers organization who put up with us throughout the year.
We also want to thank our fellow Dodger bloggers and members of the media we’ve either met in the press box at Chavez Ravine, or just had a chance to get to know better this past year. There simply are too many folks to name here, but some of the people that supported us, given us poitners on proper locker room etiquette, or have just influenced how we cover the team in 2009 include Dylan Hernandez, Diamond Leung, Ken Levine, Tony Jackson, Eric Stephen, Orel and Sax, Josh Suchon and Jon Weisman. There’s a great sense of community among Dodger bloggers, writers and readers, and you all make that possible.
Finally, there were a number of great moments for us this past year (most notably the organization credentialing bloggers for the press box), s0 if you’re up for a trip down memory lane, check out the following:
Finally, thanks again to all of you that read and comment on our content. We started this site out as lifelong Dodger fans wanting to experiment in social media, and while it’s been far more time consuming than we could have ever expected, we’ve gained far more than that as we provide our take on the team, both on and off the field. We look forward to continuing that dialogue with you in 2010 beyond, and can’t wait to discover what the future holds for dodgerfan.net, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodger fans everywhere.
Chris and Alex