View From The Bleachers

September 5, 2012

Thank You For Caring

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 4:00 pm

Hey everyone. Normally I don’t just put up a post on the site in such a relaxed manner, but I wanted to just share a bit of what is on my mind.

When I started the site back in 2003, I did it with nothing more in mind than a place to post about my thoughts with the hopes that maybe I could convince a couple friends to read on occasions. Since then, over the past nine years (goodness that’s a long time), I’ve had times where I’ve wanted to quit and pack it up and times when I’ve wanted to continue to grow even more. Recently I took the time to compile a survey to ask how we were doing. We had a great response to the survey and as a way of saying thank you, I wanted to do two things.

One is to just take a minute to appreciate all the people we have here. Over the years, we’ve had a great group of people who have taken time out of their schedule to help me bring great content each and every day. The sheer amount of content we crank out on a consistent basis never ceases to amaze me. I owe everything in terms of this site’s success to every writer that has taken the time to contribute. I can’t say thank you enough. In particular, a great big thank you to Liz and Jeremiah for always being available to give great feedback when I have things I’m thinking about when it comes to the site. They are so valuable to me behind the scenes.

Second, and most importantly, a thank you to every person that has read this site. So many times I ask myself why anyone would care what I have to say and I’m humbled by that fact on a very regular basis. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that people value my opinion. What gets lost is how much I appreciate the readers and especially the people who comment on the posts. We can look at trackers to monitor site traffic, but nothing is a better indicator than feedback from the reader. I value that so much and appreciate those who take the time to provide it. We’ve developed quite a community here and I’d like to think that will only continue to grow. Heck, any group that can accept the constant bickering of Stats vs Scouts and the very odd rants by Caps is alright by me. Thanks for making the site fun to do.

Finally, as a way of saying thanks to those who participated, I’d like to let you know that five people have been randomly selected to receive a great prize.

A+E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions has been so kind in providing copies of The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs.

If you didn’t win the competition, and you would know by now if you did, please take the opportunity to consider purchasing the DVD set for you or a friend. It’s $35 and well worth the money. It even have radio play by play.

Thanks again for all you guys do to make this fun. Maybe next year the Cubs will do something to make it fun as well.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail

  • Josephine

    My mom won the DVD set from you.  We just want to say thanks again and we can’t wait to get it! ^^

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew, you would see, the biggest gift would be from me, and the card attached would say “thank you for being a friend.”

  • Jarred B.

    I picked up the A&E Video Chicago Cubs Legends: Great Games Collectors Edition DVD which I’m not sure is the same as the one you gave away but with 4 more games. It is a great watch and also the Chicago Cubs: The Heart and Soul of Chicago is really great too!!

  • Seymour Butts

    Way too much TV.

  • Joe Aiello

    I knew I would get made fun of for the post.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Let’s not jump to conclusions. Maybe jswanson is just an octogenarian sitcom enthusiast, and that’s the highest compliment he can give?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Virtually no TV…small child.  We managed to catch up with Breaking Bad finally, so roughly four hours of focused television watching since January.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    The post is good…the post’s title made me think of the Golden Gals eating ice cream in their big sleep gowns.  Talking about feelings.  We love the site…keep it up.  

  • RichBeckman

    I guess I did not win, but no matter. I won The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs over at Cubby Blue (
    http://www.cubby-blue.com/).

    So….

    How many people took the survey? What did you learn?
    Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Jedi

    Now you know how I feel whenever I click Publish.

  • Jedi

    You and the small child caught up?  A little Jesse Pinkman in the making, yo!

  • Buddy

    Keep up the great work Joe.

  • BLPCTB

    Thanks for the shoutout on my odd rants. I have had a lot of interesting life experiences and I enjoy sharing them.

  • Eddie Von White

    You’re welcome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopherjamesallen Christopher Allen

    I haven’t posted in a while–still searching for a job before unemployment kicks in–but I read the site daily and appreciated the opportunity to participate in the survey.  I’m looking forward to the results.  They should be more immediate than the Cubs turnaround.  :)

  • Doug S.

    Thanks Joe.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Magnets, bitch!

  • Doc Raker

    The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs, is that like the leaflet they passed out in Airplane of ‘Famous Jewish Athletes’, I.e. Not much content. Joe, I don’t know how much your opinion is valued but it is very important for the world to know my opinion. Good job on the success of the sight, well deserved.

  • Doc Raker

    Actually having met a few of you I can honestly say that if a party was thrown it would look like the Star Wars bar scene which is very similar to the reality TV Show now running on several networks called the DNC.

  • Jedi

    I got two dudes that turned into raspberry slushie and then flushed down my toilet.

  • Knit Picker

    I believe you wished to congratulate him on the success of the SITE. Sight is more of your interest.

  • flyslinger2

    As many times as I stuffed the ballot box I didn’t win? Rigged.

    Mrs. fly knows my cantankerous spirit and there will be times, after I have posted on here, that I’ll chuckle on what I wrote. Shell hear me and ask what I’m laughing at. I’ll tell her and of course she has pity for you guys.

    This is the PURRFECT site to commiserate with fellow hard core fans. The content is great, the volume is just right and the personal touch with the comments are a blast.

    Mrs. Fluids a very

  • Doc Raker

    And don’t foget to get your eyes checks to make sure your site stays well.

  • Doc Raker

    My posts amuse me also, as do most others, even Buddys.

  • Seymour Butts

    Two things we all share the Cubs, and we also all think ourselves funny. Would that we were all as correct as I.

  • Buddy

    Buddy’s posts are terrible. 

  • BLPCTB

    Speaking of odd rants, I have another one:
    I started a new lifeguard job today, and this 9 year old kid came up to me and started randomly going off on Barry, saying how Obama is a horrible president and he won’t win the election this November. Next time I see the kid, I’m going to tell him that his name isn’t Obama, it’s Barry. I’m very proud of the fact that not only I have gotten people on this blog to call him Barry, but I have gotten some of my friends to refer to him as Barry.

    Later, I was watching Obama’s speech, and as he took the stand, I said to my dad Barry only cares about 1 American job and that job is his.
    My dad’s response: I don’t want to hear redneck comments like that.

  • Doc Raker

    Children of WGN must love the Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeanie and BeWitched. A WGN after school staple.

  • Eddie Von White

    Keep it up CAPS – we need people like you in the trenches. 

  • Seymour Butts

    That’s your opinion.

  • Bryan

    Although I don’t say much, I always look forward to the time of day when I can sit down and read View From the Bleachers!  Although I have never met any of the bloggers or “regulars” in person, I feel like I know most of you.  Keep up the excellent work fellas and ladies!

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