I guess one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how amazing Padres fans are. Really, I’ve met so many amazing people through the Padres over the past few years, and it’s been so much fun to realize that I’m not alone in my love of the Padres. There are many people who bleed Padres blue just like me, and I’ve been privileged to get to know some great Padres fans, whether just by talking online or by meeting in person out at the ballpark. I really think that I wouldn’t have had so many chances to meet some of these people without my blog.
I haven’t been recognized too much by my blog (the Padres organization hasn’t endorsed me or anything yet), but running this blog has made me a better Padres fan than I think I ever would have been without it. I’m not just a fan who watches the games, talks to my friends about it, and then goes on with my life the next day. I have a voice here. I can talk about everything I like and a lot of times, I’ll tell you what I dislike about this team. I don’t know how much I’m impacting the Padres fan community, but at least I’m doing something here. I get the opportunity to be a voice for the fans here.
I don’t know how far the reach of this blog has gone. I don’t know if this is just a cute little blog that people read for fun or if this blog has changed someone’s life because of the sharing of my faith and hope in Jesus Christ. But that’s just the thing. I just don’t know. I never know who I could be reaching.
So to those who have been with me from the very beginning, thank you. I hope this blog has been meaningful to you in some way, even if you’re just entertained by my rants.
The purpose of this blog is not just to give you Padres information; it’s so much bigger. It has to be bigger. This is why: http://kaybee.mlblogs.com/2011/04/23/crazy-for-them-but-they-drive-me-crazy/
The past year has been a blast in terms of Padres baseball. We had such a good season last year, and it was really really sad when we lost the division to the Giants. That really stunk. This season hasn’t been that great, but hey, Anthony Rizzo is here. We should be happy.
Here are some of my favorite blog entries from the past year:
- Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This – July 20, 2010
- Absolutely Unacceptable – July 5, 2010
- To My Dear First-Place Padres – August 30, 2010
- It’s Not Time to Panic Yet, But… – September 24, 2010
- Trevor’s Time To Retire – January 11, 2011
- Heartbreaker – March 24, 2011
- WANTED: A first baseman who doesn’t have an average of .116 – April 22, 2011
- Anthony Rizzo ❤ – June 10, 2011
MLBlogs Latest Leaders List (2008-2011): 44, 30, 21, 25, 24, 31, 23, 22, 36, 29, 31, 31, 21, 19, 15, 17, 21, 19, 22, 18, 10, 11, 11, 10, 10, 6, 5, 7, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4, 5
Latest Leaders in traffic from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010: #8
One really exciting thing this year was my rise in the standings. As you can see, I’ve been steadily making my way up towards to Top Five, and I’ve been in the Top Five for the past six months. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I mean, when I step back and think that my little blog is the most popular Padres fan blog on MLBlogs.com, and that out of all the fan blogs in MLBlogs, mine ranks in the Top Five, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.
Thank you to everyone here at MLBlogs, and all my fellow Padres bloggers. You guys are such an inspiration.
Thank you to all my readers. It’s because of you guys that I keep blogging and that I keep ending up in the Top Five. Thank you for all your amazing support over the past three years.
Thank you to all my friends who read this blog. I know you probably think I’m crazy, but thanks for putting up with it anyways 🙂
I’m really excited to see where the next year will take me and my wonderful blog. Let me tell you, it is my abosolute joy to write this blog. I really enjoy writing and hearing from you guys, and of course, cheering for Padres baseball. I love my boys so much!!!
GO PADRES!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNFINISHED BUSINESS!!!
P.S. This is a really good excuse to treat yourself to a big slice of chocolate cake…or a root beer float…or a cookie…