State of the Blog: Season Seven

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Somehow, we’ve reached the start of our seventh season and the journey has been incredible.

Michigan won more than three times as many games last year as they did during this blog’s first season and we’re happy to say that we’ve managed to grow at a rate even faster than that.

Read our our entire preseason update and the details of our preseason fundraiser after the jump, or contribute using the buttons to the right.

Running this site has been more fun than I ever could have imagined – let’s just say I never expected to cover the National Championship game – but it’s also been more work than I ever imagined. I am sure Joe, Dustin and everyone else that has helped us along the way agrees: this is a labor of love, but labor nonetheless. Balancing that work with real life, a “real job”, and other commitments is difficult but something we could never forgo.

We’re confident that we’ve consistently raised our coverage standards over the past seven years. What started as a rag-tag venue to share my rambles on Michigan basketball has grown into an operation providing first-hand coverage, recruiting and analysis about Michigan basketball that can compete with anyone.

We had in-person coverage of every Michigan game (other than Ohio State, who refuses to issue us credentials) and that took us from Ann Arbor to New York City (twice) to Dallas and of course to Atlanta for the Final Four. The experience was amazing, the travel bill was high.

We’re constantly looking to improve this site and have put every dollar that we raised in last year’s donation drives back into the site. That includes traveling to the Final Four (the fun part), to AAU venues scattered across the country, and adding new features to the site (like our message board). Expenses add up faster than we’d like to believe. The costs of audio and video equipment, gas, airfare, hotels, freelancers and technology all pile up quickly.

In an industry that’s dominated by the subscription based model, we continue to offer up free content and we want to stick to that. But unfortunately we can’t make enough to keep things afloat without your help.

This site would have been nothing without those of you that donated in the past and like, share, retweet, comment and read our stories every day. But we still need your help. Last year we set an ambitious goal and were floored when you helped us reach it. We want to continue to push the envelope this season and are setting our donation goal at $15,000.

Donations can be made securely through WePay or PayPal below.

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Any contribution, large or small, is appreciated and we are thankful for all of your support. In return, we promise to continue to bring you everything you are familiar with while expanding our coverage this season.

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