We’ve had nearly 275,000 page views of this website since go-live Labor Day 2013. We are only about 8,000 page views from equaling the 2014 number, in 2015, and it’s only going to be May when that number is exceeded. We’ve got more The Season posts to do (Palatka tonight and probably additional ones in the 2A and 3A world for Tuesday and Wednesday, taking Thursday night off, and then I am hoping to do 10 over the course of the weekend).
I’ve had a few commenters indicate willingness to report events, or work with me to have events reported. Here’s my one major problem with that. The one time I had somebody who wasn’t me represent themselves as doing work that would become part of the site’s content, it didn’t go well. I have to maintain control over the content of the site, particularly when I deal with state and national organizations. That was compromised, once, and I was very unhappy about it and it can’t happen again. I’d really rather have to do everything myself than have that happen again. No one can speak for me or this website without asking for my permission first.
I also would have to ensure that objectivity is paramount. On the occasions where I would get photos from people, the only photos would be of their children. I come at this from a “professional” media background, whatever that may mean in the blogging world, and while I don’t have a problem with a (by way of example) Clay parent or fan submitting a photo of a Clay wrestler with a good action shot, I’d prefer it be one of their children’s teammates. It’s a balancing act, to be sure. People mean well, but unless you’re like me and you truly have no dog in the fight I am not sure you can fully understand the need for objectivity that I simply have to have with this. Videos have also been brought up. Same thing. Plus…I would have to expand bandwidth of the site in order to accommodate video. The person taking the video would have to remain absolutely silent during the videoing of the match. Otherwise, it’s not objective and I can’t use it. It’s not personal; I said going in that I can’t be accused of being the website for this team or that team. Whether you’re wrestling for the top team or No. 49, I care just as much about your success.
My biggest concerns are not so much how much work I have to do to put something on the site, it’s how much followup I have to do in order to have content to put something on the site. Examples of these are mainly in the submission of results, in season and off-season. I pretty much have to take what I get in terms of off-season. This weekend, I had help from Trackwrestling and from Zach Fox. Last weekend, with Father Devine and with the local competitions scheduled, I didn’t get anything. We’ll see about what’s on tap this weekend. There’s just no way to know what I will and won’t get. In season, I’m always emailing somebody the day after an event for results from the duals of the previous night. There was too much followup to have to do.
I’m still thinking, as the off-season progresses and we tentatively start looking toward Year 3, that I won’t have to have a paywall or subscription plan. But if there was to be more content for me to vet for quality and for completeness and for accuracy’s sake, there might have to be one in the future.