State of the Hall: Coverage plans and your support

  • 10/26/2009 10:54 am in

The latest “State of the Hall,” which we’d like you to read, is after the jump.

When we opened up the site for donations back in the spring, it was based on feedback we received on our reader survey that indicated that over 40% of you would be willing to contribute. We had few donations initially and since then, haven’t really mentioned it further on the site.

A couple of things to point out:

The site is free for everyone to read. Some of the information we publish is considered to be “premium” elsewhere. We began with a goal of building a community that would be available to and resonate with all IU fans and we feel like it’s been mission accomplished so far. To date, we’ve had over 34,000 comments and we’re on target for our best traffic month ever this month. We’re thankful for the 23,000 of you who read us each month.

Yes, we run ads on the site. And you’re probably asking, why ask for donations if you run ads? This is a three-part answer:

1) The ads help us maintain the site: server costs aren’t cheap and we might need to upgrade very soon due to growth.
2) The ads help put a little bit of change (ITH isn’t full-time for any of us, we do have jobs) in our pockets for the time we invest to author and maintain the site.
3) The feedback we received suggested that some of you would like to show your support by donating.

Plans for the season:

With the season about to tip-off, we wanted to pass along our plans for coverage this season. We will be covering select home games in-person for the first time. Since none of us live in Bloomington, there will be an expense associated with this. We also plan to bring back ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ and ‘The Morning After.’ And ‘Film Session’ could also make its triumphant return from time-to-time as well when warranted.

Additionally, we would like to travel around the state to watch and bring you video content and interviews from some of Indiana’s recruiting targets. Among those we’d like to see: Cody Zeller, Matt Carlino, Austin Etherington, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and others. Again, there is a cost associated for us to provide this type of coverage.

Where you come in:

Collectively, the best way for us to make all of this happen is to ask for your support. We’re not asking for a monthly donation and by no means should you feel obligated. We’ve decided the best way to approach this is essentially have a “donation drive” once before the season starts and then another one in the spring/summer for AAU. Consider the “donation drive” to be underway.

If we’re able to garner the support needed, we’ll be able to deliver on much of what we outlined above and that’s what we’re hopeful will happen. If that isn’t the case, we’ll be limited on what we are able to do and will likely implement some changes.

If you’re able to contribute, please click the Make a Donation button in the top right corner next to the search bar. We look forward to your feedback and questions.

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  • Thanks, HoosierSmitty. Looking forward to your comments this season.

  • Thanks, iurons. We appreciate your support.

  • Taskmaster75

    Thanks for the blog Alex, good place to get away from the Anti-Lynch talk at Hoosier Scoop :).

    In regard to the poll, there's no reason to get angry over it. You took it WAY too far Coachv. Rather than let Alex defend his side of the argument, you slam him like yours is correct no matter the rebuttal. Poor taste sir. You are sounding like a troll.

    If you think David Williams doesn't deserve criticism, then you are just plain ignorant. Look at what has happened to him recently, PPG in big basketball events, starting on his AAU team, etc. Nobody here insinuates that they are smarter than the coaches. Everyone understands that they don't. We work with what we are given, and not allowing someone to form their own opinion is just snobbish in my opinion. OFCOURSE Crean knows more than us. That's why he makes millions a year, and I can hope i make that in a lifetime.

    Apologies, some people drive me crazy.

    Again Alex, can't imagine the time it takes to run a successful and very lively blog. Thanks a bunch :D.

  • Diesel

    Alex – any feed from your interview yesterday? I missed it unfortunately.

  • I believe it's available on the 1070 website:

  • Sallad

    $25 headed your way, Alex. Pretty disappointed in the tickets I got this year, but at least I'll have ITH.

  • Thank you, Sallad. We appreciate the support.

  • aceman07

    I don't comment often during the off-season because I like to analyze games and make my comments then but that doesn't mean that I don't keep up all year with recruiting and other information through this site. I just made my small but budget appropriate donation of $20 and hope you guys continue to provide me with the same great IU coverage and information until I'm an old man!

    Thanks and GO BIG RED!!!

  • Thanks Aceman. Really appreciate the support.

  • jgongora86

    Sorry it took me so long guys. I just had to make sure funds were available. Keep up the great work.

  • Thanks Jaime. We appreciate your support.

  • Greg Amstutz

    Coach V, what are you talking about, this is a IU Fan site, we can say or think whatever we want about IU and there players, we are saying out of love for the hoosiers. I have been a IU fan for 28 years, I haven't always agreed with the players that were on the court, even as far back to Chris Reynolds as our point guard, or DJ White not having any help down low, but if I didn't eat,sleep, and bleed cream and crimson, i wouldn't care. If you don't agree with a poll, then don't answer to it.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Great site…as you well know. I'll send in a check for $50.00.
    You need to give an address so we don't have to ask each time.
    My wife has pay pal and I don't like using credit card on line.
    I'm still interested in assisting you with logo'd shirts next HH.

  • NorthportHoosier

    With your new feature, I wanted to add the “Northprot Hoosier Performance Measure”
    To determine how a player contributes to the game I add the assists+rebounds-turnovers-fouls=NHPM. You will be amazed to see who really contributes using this formula.