It was October 9th 2007 when I decided to sit down with my buddy Scott Sawyer and take a shot at this sort of thing. I have been asked a thousand times why I do and did this and to be honest the answer changes. At the start it was that I felt there was no place on the internet out there for information and fun without a boat being sold.
And for some reason anyone that seemed to be an expert on the subject either had no clue about the web, or wanted to share. Even though the passion was there, it was very closed. And to be candid, still is in some places. So I suppose if one was to put a large umbrella over what we have done here, it would be to promote, invite and expose everything about our wonderful classic boat universe. It’s really that simple.
Has it been a money maker? Never really cared or thought much about it. I will say that if we break even its a miracle, and two years ago we made a $500 profit. HA. I think it was a mistake though. Cause the next year we went into the hole. But that’s OK, because it’s my way to go boating every day. I get to have fun with a virtual boat every day, and we are very proud to have done that and not missed one day in those 10 years. I am just as amazed as you might be. Without help from Texx, and our first real big reader Al Benton who kept me going, and others out there, we would not have made that record. Or to this point.
So, at this point? What point? Well, some big changes are coming. You may not even notice them, which is how you like it, but need to be made. We are rebuilding the site to be faster and improve our search, so we can be found by more people.
And we are thrilled to announce that an APP has been in the works since May, and is waiting approval from Apple. Which is a nightmare BTW. Its been BETA tested and a small group has been playing with it and seems to like the new 360 degree experience. You will be able to find other WoodyBoaters, recommended places and yes, read WoodyBoater on your phone easier. And best of all, FREE! That’s right. FREE! What is the point of doing all this and not make it available to new people sniffing around the culture.
So a HUGE thanks to all of you, us and everyone thats been a fun part of the Woody Boater life. Here is looking forward to the next generation of WoodyBoater!
I thought you may enjoy the stats for 10 years. now these are estimates because the first two years were very spotty. I will say that in year one it took some time to reach 1000 people. Months. Today.
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Over 2 Million different people have visited us. (2011-today)
They have vied 9 million times. This is from ( 2011 – today)
They spend about 4 minutes on the page and read about two stories when here. Over 60% of the readers return on a regular basis.
On any given day there are about 3000 – 5000 of you here a day.
Our top day was over 20,000 readers. That was the day of the CBS Sunday Morning Appearance.
Header days double traffic for the day, because you all click so much to see the new headers.
Saturdays are our slowest days. Mondays our largest. Yes you all are reading at work!
90% of readers are Men, ages 35-65+ and the 10% of Women that come here, over 68% click away fast! Hey! It is what it is.
70% read on a desktop and 30% read on phones and tablets.
80% USA Readers
Australia is the next with 2% and then its a 1% for the rest of the planet.
People start reading around 4AM and slow down around 8PM. But most readers are here in the morning East Coast Time.
Michigan is our largest audience by almost double other states. Next is Minnesota and NY, then Florida and so on. Wyoming and new Mexico are dead last. But we do have readers there. And yes Alaska!
Hope this has been as fun for you as it has for me! Thankyou so much for keeping it going!