30
Jun
09

The Last Day

A metaphysical dichotomy has forced this unit to overload and shut down ...

It’s an inauspicious sending off of the old blog, I must say.

Andrei Arshavin is all over the press because something he said 6 months ago was reprinted in the World’s Least Reliable News Source. Felipe Melo (L’Equipe) has reportedly renewed his contract with Fiorentina until 2013, all but ruling the player out for an Arsenal transfer. And, as you no doubt know by now, Amaury Bischoff has been released by the club.

As if I wasn’t nervous enough already!

In hindsight, I should have just gotten the damn thing up when I first bought the domain. It really wasn’t that much work and having your own domain, not a page hosted by WordPress.com, gives you so much more flexibility that it would have been worth it. For example, now I can install Google analytics and have detailed reports of where my hits come from, how long they stay on site, what pages they read, etc.

Not to mention advertisements, hey, I want to get a little back for all the work I’ve put in!

I get up every day at 4:30am and continue my research from the night before. If it’s a complicated article, like say one on the 39th game, I have a lot of research to do and sometimes I have to split it over three days. For the RSS feed + jokes articles I just need to make sure my facts are all straight — and even then some things get past me.

Then I write. Depending on the size of the article, depending on the wakedness of my daughter, and depending on the deepness of my hangover/distractions that takes usually an hour, maybe more.

The rest of the day I check the wires, put aside reprts that are important and dream of Arsenal signing some commanding central midfielder who will give big lumps to all the c*nts ooop norf — and the Chelsea c*nts too.

2-3 hours every day… every single day for nearly two years has resulted in 605 posts, 273,000 views, and 4,300 comments. When I started doing this I was getting just 20 views a day and I nearly quit — it was frustrating to have one guy (Matt!) read the blog and tell me how well I wrote and yet see that no one else was reading. Then I got picked up by Gooner News and everything took off. Now, I’m pretty sure I have a following, several folks who come by nearly every day and say something. Sometimes they like what I wrote, sometimes not, but they are always here and that I really appreciate.

Along the way I’ve been called a cocksandwich, learned what a middle fielder is, and banned a few pricks but it’s been a lot of fun. A lot of fun.

It’s just, I want more. I want more people to see the site, more folks to argue over what I said or what they said, more people to know what a cocksandwich I am, more folks from all over the world building this community of people who get up at odd hours to watch a team we all love: Arsenal.

So, I’m moving and it’s going to be good. First, I’ve spoken with Arseblogger and he’s agreed to a link exchange which is, well, it’s fuckin’ excellent. Second, I’m going to keep knocking on the door of NewsNow until I get in, the new site will let me make my pages more friendly for their reader and I’m hoping that will help. Third, we’ll be doing some targeted advertisements and promotions (by the way, today is your last chance to win a free shirt!), things that will get people here. Fourth, we’re going to experiment with some technologies that will help build the community around the blog. And lastly, and most importantly, Arsene is going to sign Lorik Cana and I will have 1.21 million hits on that day and can retire.

So, I’m inviting all of you to join me over at 7amkickoff.com tomorrow morning for our very first blog on my very own domain. Until then, if you’d like to share your favorite moment or your favorite article of the last two years, please do, I promise not to cry and take videos of it and put them on YouTube.

Promise.

Victoria Concordia Crescit.


15 Responses to “The Last Day”


  1. June 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

    First!

    Dontcha hate the guys that scream that? :)

    No seriously, good luck with the new site, it certainly is more work away from wordpress hosting, but as you say, it is worthwhile. It’s good fun reading your blog, I read about twenty regularly, but there are around five that are properly top notch, including yours.

    Congrats on the link exchange with the arseblogger, and good luck with Newsnow – I just pestered them once every couple of weeks until they got fed up with me.

    As for best memories, there’s loads, but you just come out with occasional lines that make me piss myself laughing – the Sun being ‘an open sore on the anus of society’ the most recent.

    Basically, I read your blog because it neatly breaks down the bollocks of the world of football. Too many blogs regurgigate garbage from the media, you (along with a few others) sit back and say ‘hang on there for a sec’ and rip it apart.

    See you in your new home :)

  2. 2 mike
    June 30, 2009 at 7:50 am

    it seems like Mathieu Coutadeur from le mans has signed for arsenal,

  3. June 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Heyy Tim,
    You may not have had too many comments from me in these last two years but lemme tell you all this time I have been a regular reader of your blog and a big fan! Wish I could write like you =( lol…
    Well good luck with the new site then…=) I will surely remain a regular reader!

  4. 8 H
    June 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Like Zain above, I don’t comment often, but this is one of the few blogs I read every day. Thanks for being so dependable, insightful, and full of lulz. I’ll never get tired of reading about The Pass Master. As an American girl (!!) from a place where we take sports (not Soccer) very seriously (Roll Tide), I love your in-depth perspective. Thanks for making this such a rewarding read! I’ll be subscribing at the new .com.

    MY FAVS include this one: https://7amkickoff.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/wigan-1-4-arsenal-resurrection/ and just the weeks-leading-up-to-the-Champions-League-Semi-final-articles in general. A+++

    Best of luck and see you tomorrow!

  5. 9 arthur3sheds
    June 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I haven’t read enough over the two years Tim, spent my time at ArseAm. As you know we had a great community over there which is now ebbing away. Not sure you know about the changes over there yet.

    Anyway you haven’t developed a great community like was achieved over at ArseAm but I honestly have not found a better article writer when it comes to Arsenal on the internet, your wit and down to earth style is second to none, not even the great Arseblogger is as good in my honest opinion.

    I will endeavour to participate more often on your knew site all the best Timmy

  6. 10 CaribKid
    June 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Congrats Tim,

    And see you on your new site as usual. I can’t remember exactly when I started reading your blog, but have not missed one since.

    That says it all.

  7. 11 Matt
    June 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Congrats, Tim.

  8. June 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I don’t get how you aren’t on NewsNow, I mean 7am is leagues above some of the really iffy Arsenal blogs on their RSS.

    On a side note, I used to run a decent sized blog network myself (4 million visits a month, w00t!)and I can’t even begin to tell you how much easier Google Analytics will make tracking your blog’s data. Best o’ luck on the new domain, I’ll be following.

  9. 13 scruzgooner
    June 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    hey, tim. congrats on the new domain. everyone above has said what i think about your site, and it’s one of the few i look for when i have time during the day. your writing is great, and the fact that you report the news and actually have both a strong opinion *and* the ability to express it…

    cheers!

  10. 14 klobot
    July 1, 2009 at 5:38 am

    My 1st comment, been a regular reader for almost 1 year and half. Ur blog is the ONLY arsenal blog i follow. You got averything about arsenal that i need to read. wish u luck in your new site.

  11. July 1, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Hi Tim, I just wanted to say how much I enjoying reading your site. I stumbled across it through Gooner News, but have recently been coming back every day because I enjoy what you write so much.

    Your site is one of the only ones I’ve read that presents an informed, considered and ultimately sensible opinion!

    I’ll definitely be joining you on the new site.

    All the best!


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