What a year! Today marks our 3rd birthday. To think this started as a blog showing snap shots once a week of the restoration of a boat…. It grew to a whopping 100 readers a month.. But then something strange started happening.. 200 readers, then 300, 1,000, and now this year we are averaging 40,000 each month.. Dear god! Don’t we all have something better to do? Don’t answer that.. What gets even more insane is that it’s still growing.. At a clip of 15%-20% a month.. This year alone we had more readers than all the other years combined.. 400,000… Even Wyoming is stepping up with a whopping 45 reads last year.. I didn’t know there were 45 people in Wyoming…and we have looked! We here at Woody Boater are humbled.. humbled beyond misspelled words… Texx, Chad, Pat, John & Kim, Phillip, Bruce, Paul & Karen, the other Paul, Hank, Al, Jim, Krunch, Phil, Matt, Bill, Don, the other Don, John who still does not know how to comment but yet does…. Howard, Lou, Dennis, Chris, spammers like faja34 and of course… Anonymous.. This is not a sole gig anymore, it’s no longer a blog. Somewhere along the line we became more.. we became a..a… I have no idea what we became. I am still trying to figure it out…But whatever it is, it’s because of you.. Sounds sappy and like some sort of cheesy cliche.. But just look around.. Over 1,200 stories, one or two a day now.. That’s not because of me and my worn out key board.. When Texx writes a story.. traffic can sometimes double… DOUBLE.. what many of you don’t know is that some of those stories Texx does can take days to write, and are usually done at midnight.. and yet only stay on the top part of the site for a day…Everyone that contributes has a real job.. real good jobs.. so the time spent contributing is even that much more appreciated.. No one is making a cent, and the money made from the ad sales from our supporters, all goes towards gas, hotels, and stuff that we pass on at cost.. Thanks so much to Chris and Carla from Hagerty, Lou and Dennis from Antique Boat Center. Dale from Kocian Instruments, Molly and Don Hardy from McCall Boat Works, Bill Basler from the Chris-Craft Antique boat Club, Dan Nelson Mr Best in Show… David Van Ness, Scott and Sam from Mecum Auctions. These folks are much more than just sponsors.. We don’t just take anyone. There is limited space there on the right hand side of the page.. These folks are some of the top folks in the passion and support it beyond just money and quality work.. They devote time and information.. They deserve your business and support. I am very proud of there support… Very proud..
|Here we are in Wyoming this year searching for readers.. We logged over 30,000 miles this year alone chasing stories…and readers..|
So.. Where now? What’s next? I have no idea.. I don’t even know what I am going to write each day until I sit in front of the keyboard/iPhone.. Folks send stuff now, and news happens.. The Warner Auction for me is like a mega church pastor sex scandal.. I love it, and readership has jumped.. It feels like CNN here sometimes.. I do know this much.. We will be reporting from the Warner Auction in a couple weeks. And right after that.. Get this.. A week long mini series on the Golden Pond Boats, The Shoot Boat which has been located still in the same family for over 28 years in the North East…, the stand-by boat, The two wreck scene boats, the canoes, the mail boat.. details of the original boats that have NEVER been documented…and more.. Stories about the boats in Striking Distance..Water World.. All of them. Pat Curtin is speaking for the first time in 28 years on the subject, going on record and you don’t want to miss this.. It’s Hollywood drama times ten..So stay tuned! It’s gonna be an action backed month… Thanks for reading.. thanks for contributing, and most of all, remember… it’s only 6 months til LAKE DORA.. Woohoooough 6 months.. dear god, that was supposed to sound like it was close.. I am not going to make it..