When Mets360 first launched in January of 2010, the goal was to be the biggest Mets site around. It’s safe to say that didn’t happen. However, we’ve had tremendous growth from that first year, where we could count the readers some days on the fingers of two hands. The last three months of 2020 was our best quarter for traffic in over five years. Without a doubt, enthusiasm is up due to Steve Cohen’s arrival. But it’s my belief our content has been good, too.
My column last Sunday was our most-read piece in over six years.
Since the site began, my byline has been on over 2,300 stories. And the overwhelming number of these articles were meaty topics, not three-sentence updates on stories that we’ve been “writing” for a month or longer. In addition to high-quality pieces that make readers think – this site contains, in my honest opinion, the best comments section of any Mets site out there. If you read any of the big boys and venture into the comments section, you’ll see posts from readers that make you fear for the future of humanity.
There’s an intelligence and a civility in the Mets360 comments section that I’m very proud of, a thing that’s helped keep me going all these years.
In my mind, this is a very desirable community. We have good writers who put effort into their stories, we have readers who have no qualms about either critiquing an article or offering appreciation if they think the piece merits it. And there are no annoying pop-up ads or obtrusive advertising on the site. In short, we’ve been providing value and proving our worth for 11 years now and our 12th year will be our best yet.
Starting today, Mets360 will become a membership site. This will be the last article under the old system. There will be a regular piece published in a few minutes that will be restricted content. As will be the content going forward.
It’s not free for me to run this site and, quite frankly, it would be nice to make a dollar rather than losing 10 for all of the time and effort put into running things here. But even more important than the money issue is the “quality of the community” issue. We all live in the real world and regardless if it’s work or family or neighbors – you have to deal with people who are, in an unkind word, idiots. And there have been more of those unkind people here lately. My hope is that making people pay a small fee to be in this community may help weed out some of the undesirables. Which means fewer deletion and moderation of comments for me and a better reading experience for you.
So, here’s the deal. A one-year subscription to the site will cost $10 and a lifetime subscription – available in 2021 only – will be $50. That seems reasonable to me. Ultimately, you will decide if access to 300-plus articles on the past, present and future of the Mets, along with Game Chatters and recaps, are worth about what you would pay for one pizza or two specialty coffees.
If you want to become a member – click here to sign up and pay via PayPal’s secure platform. Once you do, you’ll be able to read today’s article.
Change is always hard and my expectation is that there will be a few bumps along the way. But hopefully we come out the other side in even stronger shape. If you run into an issue, let me know and I’ll work to fix it as fast as possible.