Thanks for making website’s ‘terrible 2s’ terrific

Whoever came up with the term “terrible 2s” wasn’t talking about Grand Strand Sports Report. Terrific 2s are more like it.

Don’t worry if you didn’t buy a card or bake a cake, but Sept. 20 is our second birthday. And like the proud papas of our baby girls that we are, partner Tyler Watkins and I are stoked about what you have helped us accomplish over the past two years – and where we are headed in the future.

Forgive me if you’ve heard the story before, but Grand Strand Sports Report was conceived during a late-night swim many years ago. No, not that kind of conceived. Tyler and I found our conversations while trespassing in condo pools always seemed to turn to local sports coverage – or the lack of it.

With Tyler’s experience with website design and connections from more than 20 years in the local media and my background in sports journalism made a perfect match for starting a local sports website. After we finally decided to take action on our idle talk, Grand Strand Sports Report launched Sept. 20, 2011.

The one piece of the puzzle Tyler and I could not account for was you, the sports fans of the Grand Strand. To pull this off with a two-man operation, we had to have readers to drive traffic, coaches report their own scores, contributions from writers and photographers and advertisers to foot the bill.

Man, did you guys deliver. After two years, our numbers of visitors continue to blow us away. We weren’t sure the area had the population to support such a project since many similar sites in larger markets had failed, but the surprisingly strong and dedicated following has helped spread the word.

Perhaps our biggest supporters have been coaches, especially those from the sports that have suffered the most from under-exposure – volleyball, tennis, track, soccer, swimming and more. And the people involved in local sports, such as running, surfing and golf, have helped broaden our readership.

And then there are the regular contributors to the project, like Rancier Photography, Carolina Clicks Photos, Chuck Silvey, Digital Magic Photography, as well as amateur shutterbugs from each school, provide awesome images for our site. Writers like Joel Beachum, Bo Bacot, Jeff Driggers and more are like gold to us.

But it’s our advertisers that make it all possible – the fine folks at Mammy’s Kitchen (Mike and Missy Lambert), Black Dog Running (Daniel Brass), C&G Exterior Restoration Experts (Brandon Carter and Tommy Gordon), Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (Go Saints), Rabon’s Housing Center (Robert Rabon and Rick Poston) and Professional Rehabilitation Services (Dr. Richard DeFalco).

Like any 2-year-old, we want to continue to grow in the years to come and we still need your help. If you would like to see a sporting event covered, take a few notes, snap a few photos and send it to us. And if your company would like to be a sponsor of this community-minded project, please contact us. If not, please continue to visit and turn others on to the only free online sports site on the Strand.

Yes, we’ve come a long way in the first two years, but we still have a lot of growing to go.

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One response to “Thanks for making website’s ‘terrible 2s’ terrific”

  1. John Leggett says:

    Terry,

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! You guys have put together a great site. Thanks for featuring ALL of the Grand Strand!

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