In the spirit of the weirdest and saddest and most difficult Thanksgiving most of us will know, I just wanted to take a moment to do the thing we can all stand to do for this holiday, wherever we are, whoever we’re with, whatever we’re eating. I wanted to say thank you.
This year has sucked in so many obvious and serious ways, and you don’t need me to linger on that. But what I will say is that the summer was particularly difficult for us, as we saw the dramatic impact of sports being shut down, businesses being shuttered, and revenues around here plummeting. It was scary, but I knew we’d make it through to the other side in a good place because I knew the readers – you all – would support us through the process. Michael and Luis and Eli and Bryan all kick so much ass, and I really believe in what we do around here. So, in turn, I really believed that if we just kept doing our thing, even if times were difficult, we could offer something enjoyable for readers at a time when very little was enjoyable. Then, in time, that would show up in the revenues, and get us through to a better spot.
All of that happened. To a tee, all of that happened. We’re in a really good place right now. A good enough place to never have had to furlough or cut salaries or any of that stuff. A good enough place to add a new writer and Blackhawks coverage soon. And a good enough place to know that we’re going to be able to keep doing what we do for the foreseeable future. I’m so freaking grateful.
I can’t thank you all enough for continuing to read, to share, to comment, to interact on social media, to support our sponsors, to check out the sports betting partners if that’s your thing, and to generally just be a positive presence in our lives. That is you giving. You might not think of it as giving, but it is. A little piece of yourself – your time, your energy, your efforts. It means a lot to me, and I had to thank you for it, today, if not every other day also.
May the holiday treat you as well as it can, whatever form that takes. The immediate family and I will be eating some traditional grub, watching some football, and trying to feel the love. We, too, have a lot to be grateful for, because so far, we’re here and we’re healthy. Much love, and a safe weekend ahead for you and yours.