Brewer Fan was a well-established site that catered to the best and brightest of Brewers fans, offering insight and coverage - particularly minor league coverage - you couldn’t find anywhere else. Our goal was only to accentuate the best attributes of that community and enrich it with new features, more visibility, and additional Brewers coverage.
Nine months later, we couldn’t be happier with the results. We have a long way to go, but 2023 looks like a fantastic year for both the site and the Brewers. Let’s get to the numbers!
From that day in March through New Year’s Eve, 304 new users joined us to discuss the Milwaukee Brewers. In all of 2021, Brewer Fan had 44 user registrations.
In 2022, Brewer Fanatic published 616 stories, with @Tim Muma leading the way with 58 entries. Thanks, Tim!
From March 13th through yesterday, Brewer Fanatic users posted 1,710 topics and a whopping 61,731 comments.
Since the site transition in mid-March, 172,928 users have stopped by the site. In all of 2021, 97,303 people swung by the Brewer Fan forums. Even if we go back to the wild, action-packed 2019 season, our nine-and-a-half months of 2022 edge out the 153,831 users that checked out the site. You have to go back all the way to 2008 to find a year that Brewer Fan drew more users than we did in nine months of 2022.
None of this would be possible without the amazing community that has supported us, added constructive criticism when needed, and felt comfortable enough to tell us when we’re getting it wrong.
Leading the way has been our triumvirate of minor-league reporters, so let’s take a moment to give them the accolades they deserve. Without their daily - and exhaustive - minor league coverage, we couldn’t do the work we do behind the scenes to make sure their work gets as many eyeballs as possible. @Mass Haas, @damuelle, and @Joseph Zarr thanks for your amazing work in 2022 and we can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2023!
Secondly, the moderation group kept this ship afloat for years without fanfare or compensation. Without their diligent maintenance of this community, this site would have folded years ago. Let’s give a round of applause to the largely unheralded group of moderators that kept the lights on all these years.
Our moderator crew consists of these great volunteers: @Eye Black, @CheezWizHed, @RobDeer 45, @Team Canada, @owbc, @reillymcshane, @splitterpfj, @BillScottCanRake, @sveumrules, @pitchleague, @homer, @DuWayne Steurer, @PeaveyFury, @madbad2000, and @hawing!
And finally, take a bow, Brewer Fanatic community. You stop by here every day and give your thoughtful takes on the team, and we cannot thank you enough for choosing this site as the place to chat, cheer, and sometimes mourn the Milwaukee Brewers.
2023 will be the first full calendar year of Brewer Fanatic. I cannot wait to see what comes next, and GO BREWERS!
Forty-five days until pitchers and catchers report, folks. Let’s do this!
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