Brian steps down as site manager of Streaking the Lawn
There comes a time in every blogger’s career when it’s time to move out of your parents’ basement.
To be clear, I have long since left my parents’ house, physically at least. Mentally, well, you can’t beat a home-cooked meal, although I digress.
I say this often, but when I founded this site 13 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting into. I didn’t even really know what “it was”. At least, not before the folks at SB Nation reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in joining this college sports blogging network they were building.
I had no idea this would eventually lead me to one of Virginia’s most read sports sites. I had no idea it would land me a book deal, or introduce me to some of the legends of UVA sports lore. I had no idea this would give me the best drafting in the world…people whose wedding I would attend (or skip because of VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE and I’m sorry, Will!). I had no idea Arby would invite me to be an official meat ambassador. I had no idea this would eventually lead to my current role as Vox Media’s Assistant General Counsel.
It was a hell of a ride, that’s for sure.
After 13 years, I am finally leaving the position of site manager for STL. It has been, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life, building this site from scratch and seeing how it has flourished ever since.
If you want to take a trip down memory lane with me, here’s what the first version of STL looked like:
Oh the London era clock countdown. What an era. So young, so naive.
We joined SB Nation in late 2010 and have done a major overhaul of the site. The next iteration brought out a primitive version of our current logo, plus apparently an advertising algorithm that couldn’t tell the difference between UVA and Virginia Tech?
Over the past decade, our layout has remained largely the same…a few tweaks here and there but nothing crazy.
We’ve covered the biggest buyout story in all of sport, the one that led to a national championship. We covered a murder committed by a male lacrosse player; we covered for a white supremacist invasion. We’ve covered coaching changes and Thursday’s heroes. We raised over $100,000 for charity. This last part is probably my favorite.
With that, I am extremely happy to report that Zach Carey will take over as new STL Site Manager! Zach joined us last year and has already poured his heart and soul into this site. He has some great ideas – and a passion – for taking this site to the next level, and has some tricks up his sleeve that you’ll see in the days and weeks to come. I have complete faith and trust in him as STL turns this page to its next chapter!
Thank you to all of you who came out to share your thoughts, air your grievances, and support us in any way. Every time you left a comment, shared a post, or clicked on a link, it meant something to me. The first time we surpassed 100,000 page views per month, as a site without a discussion forum, that was really cool. But not as cool as the first time we topped 100 page views (thanks mom!).
So, one last time, Thank youdear reader, for letting me create this site and giving it the space to grow, and join me in welcoming Zach as he takes the reins!