It’s time for the year-end wrap-up on how this blog performed in 2013. Thanks to the wonderful bull riders and amazing bulls, neverending torrents of Hummerblather, smart, funny, and even prickly readers, tweeters, bloggers and BullSisters:
- This blog was viewed 17,000 times in 2013. If I could write in Portuguese, I’d double that number!
- Viewers came from 79 countries, most from the U.S., with Australia and Canada not far behind.
- The most-viewed posts of 2013 were “Boise/Nampa (Somebody Make Up Their Minds”) and “Mainstream Impact.”
Oddly enough, even some of my old posts were popular with visitors:
- Valdiron de Oliveira winning New York in 2011
- Guest post and 2010 Finals photos by Dr. Barks
- Response from PBR Board Member to Petition to Reinstate Justin McKee
- Most active commenters were Becky Thompson, Sarah T., Anonymous, S., closeobserver, Trying to be a fan, and BullT. Thank you, and keep talking!
- While I’m at it, thanks to people who contacted me via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, RocksBackPages, and other means, including Deezy, Susan Hanrahan, Stockyard Queen, Pearl DeVere, Jane Jubilee, Shaw Sullivan, Scott Schorr in New Zealand, Ms. Etta Britt (she of the spectacular voice), a certain bull who tells it like it is, and an ex-PBR person who needs anonymity (and I don’t mean you, Pollack).
I want to mix things up more. I love the PBR riders and bulls, but the Built Ford Tough Series isn’t the only game in town:
- Championship Bull Riding’s #1 rider Aaron Pass recently competed in the PBR’s Duluth, GA event. The CBR is garnering more visibility, having made a deal with FoxSports Network to broadcast shows on Sundays.
- Changes are happening with the PRCA, and a new rodeo organization is forming; nothing’s clear yet on what part bull riding will play, but as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.
- High school rodeo champs are riding their way into the big leagues, more female bull riders are working, more riders from Mexico are competing, people are noticing that there are (and always have been) female stock contractors—there’s never a shortage of bull riding stories.
So here’s where you come in:
- If there’s a subject you want to hear about, tell me. (Bull riding only, please.)
- If you’re bilingual (Portuguese or Spanish) and would like to participate in translating this blog, please contact me at: BullRidingMarketing@BullRidingMarketing.com
- If you have a business and are thinking about marketing and publicity, please use the same address to contact me. I have a separate company that handles media work.
And now, back to bull riding:
A recent discussion about PBR riders winning events in their home states brought up a very interesting question:
Which riders have won events in their home towns/home states?
(For example, New Mexico rider LJ Jenkins won Albuquerque in 2008 and 2011; New Mexico rider Ryan McConnel took second place in Albuquerque in 2011. Sean Willingham, the only rider from Georgia, won in Duluth last week. Etc.)
Let me hear from you– your answers will be put in a post.