In the past, I have been admittedly too stubborn to join any sort of network, as part of my li’l brudder, I-can-do-it-on-my-own complex. I’ve gotten over myself, though. Why?
The answer is twofold: being a part of a respectable, established group like Yardbarker gives us increased exposure, which frees us up to focus more on site content over self-promotion. Secondly, it increases the chance of generating revenue.
Maybe that sounds evil and whorish but, outside of covering the costs to run these sites, I do not intend to take a dime of the money we get. I hope to be able to make money off of Gearadelphia.
We have a solid group of writers who have worked their butts off for the last three years or so to make Flyers Faithful what it is today and it is only fair that they get paid for their efforts. I believe that this relationship will allow that to happen in a more sustainable fashion.
I’m very proud of the Flyers Faithful family, as well as the Philadelphia sports blogging community in general. I think there is a very talented and dedicated pool of individuals here who produce some really amazing content. It’s an honor to be a part of that.
Additionally, I would like to thank both our readers for being on board with this change and the fine people at Yardbarker for being so accommodating and easy to work with.
Our football site, Eagles Faithful – which is being run quite impressively by Hal Greenblatt and new editor, Mike Burke, is in the process of joining YB as well. Our other sites will follow suit in due time.
In other news:
- Gearadelphia is ramping up product development and should be going live by the end of the month.
- We are in the very early stages of developing a monthly Philly Sports TV web series that will be a part of Philly Sports Faithful.
- We are looking for a blogger for Philly Sports Faithful who is interested in covering the pop culture side of sports.
- Kevin Christmann and I have been working hard to revamp Phillies Faithful, which will consist of a much deeper schedule and more diverse content. Some of these changes will go live soon. The bulk will be implemented at the start of the next baseball season.
- Sixers Faithful, should be our next blog to go live, launching by the Fall.
- Finally, we upgraded our server today to provide a faster and better experience for users.
Thank you for your readership, patience and understanding. We look forward to taking Flyers Faithful — as well as the other Philly Sports Faithful sites — to new levels in the near future.
Marcello De Feo