This week (July 3rd to be exact) Major Spoilers celebrates its first birthday. When I started this site a year ago, my hope was to create a place where fans could come to find news, reviews, and interviews about the comic and related industries. Little did I know what fun I was about to embark on and all the wonderful people I would meet along the way.
Major Spoilers was set up on my kitchen table while my wife rolled her eyes wondering what trouble I was getting myself into. She wasn’t too far off. While I had been writing some comic related stories for many of my other jobs and personal websites, it wasn’t until one year ago, that I decided to round everything up in one place.
It wasn’t easy (and still isn’t). In the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with major public relations people,
begging getting them to provide sneak peeks, advanced previews, and even hard copies to talk about on the site. While I haven’t been able to get responses from every company out there *cough*Aspenreturnmyemails*cough*, tune in this time next year to see where we stand.
For months I took every possible moment of my free time to get stories and reviews up for readers to enjoy, even landing early interviews with Wes Molebash, Tad Stones, and Adam Beechen. Major Spoilers is committed to providing you with even more content over this next year (it’s going to be huge!).
And through all of this, my wife has been with me every step of the way and has supported me throughout the year. Thank you beautiful wife!
In October I had the pleasure of running into a friend from college during one of my cross state trips to various comic book shops. I was able to
bribe convince Matthew to use his tremendous knowledge of comics, and his wonderful writing skills for the better good. Since that day, Matthew has been cranking out some really awesome reviews. He’s even been the lifesaver in getting some of our Day of Release Reviews up, as he works at Gatekeeper Hobbies in Topeka, KS (stop in and ask them about the Major Spoilers Special), as it isn’t until Friday before my comics arrive at my doorstep.
Thank you Matthew for being a huge part of Major Spoilers – I just wish I could pay you more!
The first month of operation Major Spoilers had just over 1,000 total visitors (I’m sure half of them were me hitting the refresh button). Heck, I was happy to have 100 visitors the first week! Today, Major Spoilers has the pleasure of providing entertainment to between 90,000 and 100,000 unique visitors each month.
I remember how excited I was the first time Major Spoilers broke 500 unique visitors in one day, then how happy I was when 1,000 visitors paid a visit, and recently Major Spoilers broke the 3,000 daily unique visitors mark.
In other words – this site is nothing without YOU! I want to thank you for helping to make this site what it is today. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I know there are other sites out there covering the industry, but it is a real honor for me to know you spend a portion of your day, right here, checking in to see what monkey shines we are going to come up with next. (Seriously, I think we are going to have to resort to shining monkeys.)
I’m proud of Major Spoilers and what it has become. But the site still needs work – it needs to grow and evolve. So please help out! Tell your friends, tell your comic shop owner, tell everyone you meet to stop by and pay a visit to this growing gem of a site. And keep coming back again and again (and clicking all the ads)!
I’m always open to suggestions and ideas, and you should feel free to contact me via my e-mail address any time you like (you can find it in the About Us section).
A preview of coming attractions
- Anyone up for some free stuff? We’ll have some contests coming this year.
- Want more interviews? I’ve got three lined up, just around the corner.
- Want more reviews? We’re cranking them out as fast as our stubby little fingers can type!
- Want more news? My list of industry contacts is growing and each day my hope is to provide you with the latest news direct from the source.
- Top Ten Lists? Oh yeah, we got’em
- Polls? More than you can shake a stick at!
- Shining Monkeys? Ok, so maybe we won’t be shining any real monkeys anytime soon…
It’s been a tremendous year. Since Major Spoilers started, I’ve moved to new digs (the grand tour tomorrow), grown my comic collection by easily 2,000 comics, and have seen the birth of my first child.
I really want Major Spoilers to be a big deal. My hope is that Major Spoilers can generate enough revenue so I can quit my other jobs and focus on this site 24/7, with enough extra to grow the writing staff (remember kids – you can get all the Luthor Dollars you want!).
Again, I feel honored to have you visit this site, and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Major Spoilers what it is today.
Here’s to Year Two and more good things to come!