Before we begin, we’d like to once again thank our amazing community for the support that you have provided SFN in the past year. Although we still have a lot of room to grow, the SFN blog and message boards generated over 4.4 million pageviews on 1.8 million visits from over 330,000 unique visitors in 2009.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we could aim for 5 million pageviews and 2 million visits in any single year…but, that is where we currently sit heading into 2010.
About a week ago we shared that with you that some changes are coming to SFN in 2010 (Link) and we appreciate your feedback and suggestions.
Today, we are very pleased to announce the next step in SFN’s evolution. Today, we would like to introduce you to SFN’s new Managing Editor, Derek Medlin.
As most of you are aware, the author team of SFN historically has been a loosely defined group of volunteer contributors who all use the platform to share content and moderate conversation. “Life” has continued to evolve and change for the group and we didn’t want the effects of our every day responsibilities to overly-impact the quality of the blog. So, we searched for the perfect partner to join the team and help take us to the next level! And, we couldn’t be more happy to have Derek step in and bring his professionalism and experience to our community!!
We have NO DOUBT that Derek’s work and fresh ideas will only serve to improve what we already have here; and we are particularly excited to see what Derek can do for SFN across multiple technological platforms.
Derek graduated from N.C. State in May of 2009 with a history degree, and is currently trying to get into the sports journalism world. He is, sadly for him, a lifelong NC State fan whose family is full of State grads, so following their footsteps to Raleigh was a natural instinct, pretty much like breathing or any number of other necessary bodily functions.
In his own words:
“I didn’t want to attend any other college or pull for any other team. It’s been N.C. State day in, day out since day one. That being said, I’m not a homer. I’m a sports fan just as much as I’m a State fan, so I try my best to “call ‘em like I see ‘em.” When an N.C. State team, coach or player does something great, I’ll talk about it. When they do something dumb, I’ll talk about that too. I try to be as fair as I can with most things in my life, especially things sports related.
My hope is that those ideas coupled with the ever-growing forum audience will make StateFansNation the place to come for news and discussion of N.C. State athletics. Another thing I would like from you, the reader, is feedback. I want to know what you guys think of the site as it is and what you guys would like to see change.
Whether it’s photos, video, podcasts or something else, I want to expand the ways which StateFansNation delivers information to the reader. And yes, Twitter is included in that. Speaking of, I could use some more followers. Twitter.”