Dear Loyal Reader,
Things are looking up here at weareindy.com. Yesterday we were mistaken for a real legitimate website. Check out this screen grab:
Yup. That is yesterday’s post sandwiched between MSNBC and Yahoo! News. Of course, we are not listed as weareindy.com, we are listed as Some Guy, but still . . . However, if you look closely, we are also sandwiched between “Sad” and “Dumbass” which I personally think is a much better fit for what we do here on the blog (more on that below).
The result of being on Fark has affected us in two major ways. The first is the number of hits we had today went from zero (actually, our hits are a negative number, meaning people are deliberately avoiding our site) to a little over 4000. That is not only remarkable, but it also gives us a pool from which to grab some back-up players for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. So, for the bump in traffic, we want to thank our fan, Fark, and whatever turkey [get it? Thanksgiving coming up] reported us to Fark in the first place. Now the other way this has affected us is that now we are in the big leagues of blogging, we have created a Premium Membership in which we provide unlimited access to weareindy.com for a monthly fee of $19.99. Make checks payable to “Rick O’Shay.” Or just e-mail me your credit card number, expiration date, social security number, and mother’s maiden name.
We encourage you to visit our post as linked to on Fark so you can read the comments. Generally, I am not a big fan of comments sections (except on our pages) as it is the intellectual equivalent of visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles. In this case, we want you to stop by and see how pathological Pats fans are, how people totally rip on the post, and some bizarre discussion of the Redskins.
With all the increased traffic to the site, we realized that our readership might double, going from one (The Mother) to two (The Mother and The Guy Who Can’t Figure Out How To Delete Us From His Bookmarks). Realizing that people visiting our site for the first time might be a little confused, Paddy and I are doing a few things to help new readers out. First, you will note that Paddy added a “Top Posts” link underneath our header that, upon reflection, tracks the overall decline of this site. Second, I will briefly try to describe what we are all about here.
weareindy.com (or WeAreIndy.com, if you prefer) was started by two Irish brothers related by blood
alcohol content. My brother, Paddy O’Furniture writes code, blogs, and comes up with some of the best writing here. I manage things and occasionally toss up a post.
When we started, we were just a couple of old Colts fans (yes, we remember Jack Trudeau) who wanted a forum for our ideas. We weren’t professional sports writers and not the sort of fans who had season tickets. We were just regular dudes and wanted to write a blog as average joes. This was our original motivation.
Then we quickly lost control.
Now, we have the kind of Colts blog that Salvador Dali would create.
Of all the Colts blogs out there, we certainly have the most surreal, being that it is threaded through with in-jokes and nonsense. Here is a little cheat sheet for those thinking of checking in from time to time:
- In addition to me and Paddy, we have The Father, who calls us on the phone and says “this should be on the blog . . . “ We also have The Mother who always says we are the best bloggers and that the other kids are just being mean to us.
- The Mother and The Father have recently been compactified into a single entity known as either The MoFo or The MothFat. There is some debate about this.
- Compactification is something we do often here. It comes from string theory. Don’t ask.
- We write up the game each week where we hand out a Blue Collar Award for some gritty, physical, hardworking player or play and a White Collar Award for a Manning-esque cerebral move or use of the system or football knowledge.
- The game write-up is usually broken down into three categories, what went well, what went average, and what went poorly. There is usually a theme. Sometimes the theme makes sense.
- When not blogging, Paddy is a covert operations/black ops type of international assassin.
- Collectively, we are not fans of sideline reporters with XX chromosomes, DH zebras, and Cris Collinsworth.
- Collectively, we are big fans of Peyton Manning, good football, and gametime food and drink.
- We speak about jerseys and shirts a lot.
- If it was made in Photoshop, it was probably real to begin with.
- During the NFL Lockout, we were the ONLY football blog to have a blog lockout or “Blogout” in which I, Rick O’Shay, locked Paddy out of the blog all summer long. Fans wondered if there would be a blog season.
- We offer up Jim Irsay’s equally surreal Twitter posts on our page as an appetizer.
- I am obliged, by contract, to mention how truly wonderful my brother Paddy is.
- Someday we will have a dream sequence that will spell out the next season in cryptic terms and win us an Emmy for writing.
- Occasionally we go off on rant.
- Sometimes we start a post addressing our Loyal Reader who might be The Mother or This Guy That Left A Comment Once.
- We started the Upchuck for Luck campaign and failed to capitalize on it.
- And every now and again, we go off the rails such as my attempt to blame my ACF championship shirt being torn on Paddy’s cat, which then was blamed on his dog, then on the cat again, then on guinea pigs, and finally on platypodes (the preferred plural of platypus [I also include alliteration from time to time]) leading to us now cheer for nature’s leftover instead of the Colts’ leftovers [get it? Thanksgiving this week . . . leftovers].
So thanks old readers for sticking with us this long and welcome new readers.
Don’t forget to Upchuck for Luck [get it? Thanksgiving this week, eating too much leftovers, feeling like you ate too much . . . ]
Oh, and go ‘Podes!