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Happy Birthday, Bolts from the Blue

Confetti like woah.
Confetti like woah.

Tomorrow, when we'll all probably be busy watching college football, Bolts from the Blue is turning four years old.

The beginnings were meager. A two-paragraph post from a die-hard San Diego Chargers fan that had, up until that point, spent most of his time in the comments of the Denver Broncos blog. I was handed the keys to this empire about six months after that, when Brian's real-life responsibilities began taking up too much of his time to write here.

This blog, as much as I seem to treat it with disdain, has played an integral part in my life. It has been like a dream for me. In many ways, it is my baby and every day I think about how proud I am of it. We employ some fantastic writers on staff, we have amazing commenters, the FanPosts we get are incredible, and our audience on Twitter and Facebook is nothing if not fun. I couldn't have grown this community to this point without the staff, the commenters, or SB Nation in general.

The person I have to thank the most for BFTB, though is Brian. He got a foot in the door for the Chargers community on SB Nation, and he spoke up for me to be his successor. My life is forever changed by those two things, and I shudder to think which horrible Chargers forum I might've ended up without them happening.

Anyway, here's how far we've all come since September 8th, 2008.

  • 2,941 stories posted
  • 1,105 FanPosts submitted
  • 1,913 FanShots submitted
  • 4.3 million site visits
  • 8 million page views
  • 4,837 registered members
  • 4,118 Twitter followers
  • 1,456 Facebook Likes
It couldn't be much more fitting that we unveiled our new logo the day before this anniversary. The next month, and year, for BFTB is going to be probably the most important time ever for this blog. We are going to become much better at doing everything that you guys have been asking us to do for years now. We now have the tools. We'll be a force to be reckoned with.

A big round of applause for the staff, who work tirelessly to make this blog and community amazing, and yourselves. It's been a fun ride, and it's only going to get better from here.