FiveOuncesOfPain.com eclipsed its own record for monthly page views in December for the sixth consecutive month, shattering its previous monthly-high established in November.
In addition to wishing all of our readers a Happy New Year, I also wanted to thank the many of you who have decided to make this site a daily destination for your MMA needs.
While we’re certainly not the only site in this space to experience tremendous growth, it’s still amazing to us just how far 5 Oz. has come in a short period of time. I started this blog as a part-time hobby slightly over a year ago and it’s taken on a life of its own, growing to a site that receives hundreds of thousands of visits a month.
We’re read by the promoters, fighters, and fans alike. We’ve been featured on Sirius Satellite Radio (The Bubba the Love Sponge and Scott Ferrall Shows), HDNet (“Inside MMA”), G4 (Attack of the Show), Versus (on the WEC’s first-ever live telecast on the network), and various local radio outlets across the country, including Las Vegas, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Contributors on this site also submit content on a regular basis to CBSSports.com, ProElite.com, the magazine FIGHT!, and 411Mania.com.
I am amazed at how fast we’ve grown, as I got involved with no expectations. I was training MMA on a more frequent basis in ’06 and when some of the guys I was training with found out I was a sports writer that trained MMA, they asked whether I wrote about MMA. They always found it funny that even though I was a writer who had trained in martial arts, that I wasn’t producing any MMA-related content. My feeling was that my regular sports writing came first, since it’s what supported my family. And with what little free time I had, I wanted to devote it to spending time with my family, training MMA, and watching it. There just wasn’t time to write about it.
However, after it became apparent that I was never going to be much of a fighter, I cut back on my training. At that point, I got the itch to write and started devoting some of my additional time to occasional blog postings.
When 5 Oz. first started, I think maybe I did 2-3 posts a week, primarily after big events. I remember being excited if one person left a comment to something I wrote because that meant that at least one person had read it! Now, it’s a completely different ballgame.
Again, thanks for all of the support you gave us in 2007 and we look forward to continuing to serve your MMA content needs in 2008!