Yep, you guessed it – it’s birthday time for the Arsenal FC Blog today. So make sure you have yourself a beer or something similar to join in the celebrations with Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Mathieu Flamini as well as me, Spanish Fry.
I have to say that starting and running the Arsenal FC Blog for the past year has been an amazing journey for me. Not only has it given me an outlet for sharing my thoughts on my favourite football team in the world but it’s also given me the opportunity to learn from the thoughts of everyone who has ever read and commented on the blog. As such, this birthday celebration is just as much about you as it is about me. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
When I kicked things off a year ago I was quite clear in what I was setting out to achieve; a unique and thorough source of fun for everything related to Arsenal. A year on I do feel like I am getting close to achieving that and I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.
And what of the future? Well, to be honest, there a couple things I would like to see happen.
Firstly, I’d like to build up a little bit more of a readership back in home in Australia. As far as I know there are not too many really great Australian blogs focusing on Arsenal around which is a shame considering how much support there is for the club down under. So, if you’re an Aussie who enjoys the blog I’d encourage you to let your mates who are into Arsenal know about it. The more the merrier I say. Being from Brisbane I’d additionally love to use the blog to build up some local Arsenal support at the Riverside Pig ‘n’ Whistle on game nights. I’m currently working on starting a little bit of a partnership with Arsenal Australia so if you live in and around the Brisbane area it would be great to have your support. We’ll see how things go.
Secondly, I’d like to get the Gooner Gazette back up and running before next season. I really enjoyed writing the eMagazine and when it was released I got a lot of great feedback from readers. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mess to compile and simply waaaay too much work for just one man so in the future I am hoping to bring it back with the support of the readers. I’m expecting to have a lot more input from the regular readers of the blog via interviews, competitions and guest articles so never fear, the Gooner Gazette should return in time for next season.
That’s about it really. I just want to thank everyone who has ever read or contributed to the blog because with your support I probably would have gotten bored long, long ago. All the best and remember to have a drink to celebrate the Arsenal FC Blog’s 1st birthday!
Have a great day!
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