Inside the Hall turns three years young

  • 06/25/2010 8:55 am in

Yes, it’s true. Saturday is ITH’s birthday. Three years ago this site launched with a post about, of all things, Bud Mackey. (Looking back on that, we probably should have introduced ourselves first, but hey, you live and learn.)

Hard to believe, right?

Many of you have been reading us from the beginning. Others have joined in along the way. But the one common passion amongst all of us is the same: Indiana basketball. This community, which has contributed over 52,000 comments in three years, is one of the best anywhere on the Web.

The last 12 months have been our best yet.

We were able to cover home games from press row for the first time. We ramped up our recruiting coverage and continue to expand in that area. Ryan picked up right where Eamonn left off with “The Minute After,” which has become must-read postgame analysis. We continue to tweak our design and brainstorm new features we think you’ll enjoy.

We know that this community is resonating with IU fans because it shows in the numbers: Our readership increased by an amazing 57 percent year-over-year. Thank you.

Our future, however, is not met without challenges. We continue to aggressively seek advertising partners to help us support our growth and provide compensation for the time associated with producing great content. What started as a hobby must now be viewed as a business as well.

We’ve also asked and will continue to ask for donations as a source of support. While this has been characterized as “begging for money” by some, the fact remains that this support is essential to continuing our growth and more importantly, keeping the site free.

In closing, we once again say thank you. We’re looking forward to celebrating birthday number four next year. Happy Birthday, Inside the Hall.

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  • Congrats!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    This is my favorite place to come for IU news and discussion. Thanks, Alex & co.!

    And also a thank you to my fellow commenters for keeping it civil … truly unique if you've ever been to any website–ever–with a comments section. Just like Ron Burgundy's home town (founded by the Germans in 1904), you guys stay it classy.

  • Hoosierwv

    Great sight, glad I stumbled on it. Working in N.C. and have been able to show a few ACC fans Cook Hall,and a few other things. Had some very nice comments, keep up the great work!!!

  • Steve

    Thanks for having a site for TRUE Indiana Fans to check on the status of the university that we love so much!!
    Congrats

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Happy Birthday, guys! This site is by far the best for keeping us fans up to date on happenings at IU and objective analysis. Sure, we're a bunch of homers who think we'll have another banner this year or next, but that optimism is what makes it great. Thanks for all you do.

  • HoosierDavey

    Thanks so much for doing this…I'm addicted to it!

  • IULINEMAN

    Happy B-day ITH… Don't post often but check site everyday Best IU hoops site on web GO IU

  • BFowler

    Congrats Alex, Ryan, Zach, etc! I have not been reading since day 1, but pretty much since the summer 2007. This continues to be the best IU hoops site on the web, and I appreciate the conglomeration of fans who visit this site. Best of luck in your future endeavors. You guys have me addicted. I can not go a day without checking the site. So advertisers, come on board and take care of these guys!

  • GFDave

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear ITH,
    Happy Birthday to you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4SLSlSmW74

  • BornRed

    Love the site. There isn't much opportunity for Big Ten discussion in ACC country, so it's great to come here to talk basketball.

  • HoosierChan77

    Happy B-day ITH. Thanks for all the hard work, oh yeah and “you can cry if you want to”.

  • psvirsky

    Along with everyone else, congratulations. I'm a huge fan of the site and read everything on here. As with most of the commenters, I live far from Indiana (Boston – going to the BC game this year!) and need an outlet like this for IU hoops and really appreciate the work you guys do.

  • IUMIKE1

    Classic version of Happy Birthday posted to a instant classic site like ITH.

  • IUMIKE1

    Happy birthday to ITH….and many many moooore.

    How often do I check this site, well let's just say I think, my wife thinks, I need help or that she may need to do an intervention. We run a business together and I turned my desk around the other way so that she can't see when I do a quick check for anything new here during business hours. ?But now it goes something like this.

    “Mike are you checking ITH….AGAIN… instead of working ?!! “

    ” Ahhh…No honey I'm, I'm….doing some research on the internet “

    Well it's not a complete lie I am doing research and very important research at that.

  • Indiana Red

    3 year old blog. What is that in human years?

    Congrats. I wish I could quite you…………..no wait, I don't.

  • BaseballBuc

    Tijan Jobe loves insidethehall.com and comes back for all the indiana basketball news.

  • Drode

    I rarely ever comment you could count my comments on one hand while smoking but I read every day and thanks for all of the information on IU hoops. You guys do an A+ job and when I can (struggling college student) I will show my appreciation monetarially. Keep up the good work fellas!

  • eph521

    Kudos to the entire staff. You all deserve credit for breaking news, yet not peddling in unfounded rumors. This site seems to stay above the fray with legitimate back and forth discussion between its members… not an easy thing to accomplish these days. Nice job and Happy 3rd BDay.

  • Congrats…you guys know I love this site!! I especially appreciate this site because I haven't lived in Indiana since 1992. IU was always my team, but I had kind of lost touch with following a bit until I found this site. Much appreciated and keep up the great work!

  • Taskmaster75

    Happy Birthday guys. You deserve all the accolades for fantastic writing, and the site is one of my favorites to read (Especially when I see other blogs implode with constant trolling, etc.). This site is refreshing when you consider the fair views and professional attitudes that many people here employ.

  • Kelin Blab

    My relationship with ITH began one afternoon after ending a relationship with Firemikedavis.com, a relationship I rather not discuss. We stumbled upon one another and it was love at first site! We have had our ups and downs….such as the report Eric Gordon was on campus to Lon Kruger was seen getting on a plane heading to Indiana…(Now that was poster on here but I still did throw up in my mouth a little)

    Now after three years, we are more in love, more committed to one another, and spend ALOT of time together on a daily basis (1700 post…geez). I am thankful my wife could care less about ITH or IU, as this could affect our marriage…..I would have tough decision to make.

    Happy 3rd Birthday to everyone who runs this site, and everyone who reads, post, likes, and replies…..

    Can't wait for the day, we all logon after that 6th banner is hung……which would be 6 more than Purdue…..

  • IUpreston

    I agree. This is the first site I check for news about IU! Keep up the great work.

  • Matt

    Congrats! Just have to echo the sentiments of the other posters here. You do an excellent job of providing breaking news while maintaining your journalistic integrity. The quality of writing on this site far surpasses that of your peers (especially you Kravitz!).

  • Onceafink

    I don't post often, but read and devour every word everyday! Keep up the great work. Looking forward to celebrating a decent season(better than last year's) this time next year. You guys are awesome!!
    Thanks a bunch.

  • marsh21

    You guys got it going so keep it up!

  • JerryCT

    I too express my birthday wishes to Alex and any and all ITH staff that makes this site possible.

    I also want to thank all the thoughtful “members” whose high quality comments and often humorous but good-hearted banter add some fun to every day.

    A birthday present that supports ITH also supports GFDAVE, Millared and BFowler , Diesel, PHD, Marcusgresham etc ( too many to list ) so I am donating a birthday present as we speak

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Happy Birthday and thanks for all you do to keep us up to date and informed on anything and everything IU!

    Keep up the good work and bring us some good news soon!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Maybe we can get Tom Pritchard to donate part of his first year's NBA salary to ITH… just imagine how many people Alex can hire after TP signs a max deal!!!

  • Jerry,

    Thanks for your generosity. We appreciate your support and look forward to implementation of many of the ideas we've discussed.

    Alex

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Visiting the advertisers is a great way to help out ITH. I mean, who doesn't want to check out the new Mazda 3 hatchback? That ride is, as the kids say, groovy — and by “kids” I mean “my dad 45 years ago.” Now if I only had $20,000 lying around…

  • JerryCT

    I am glad screwing with me has brought so much pleasure to so many …… I AM beginning to wonder if maybe donating to ITH is a form of self flagellation …………. ( I wonder if I was Iranian in a former life ….. hey maybe Pritchard is my jihad ) ……

    So I have a question PHD . Can a non-muslim issue a fatwah ? …… just wondering

  • JerryCT

    PHD- does the tie mean you shaved the beard and are actually trying to get a job ? …………………. again just wondering

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry when Pritch finishes 2nd in the big ten in rebounding and 4th in FG% you will be redeemed.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Pretty much everything you need to know is in this video (esp. about the 3:00-mark):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wmw8UB4HCU

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ha, no, still got the beard (since 2004!)… but I will be applying for jobs in the fall/spring (I'm looking at you, small liberal arts college somewhere in the Midwest).

  • JerryCT

    thanks Kelin – being redeemed now sounds even more remote ………… I think I am going to issue a fatwah on myself

  • JerryCT

    I think you deserve Clarkson , “somehwere in the frozen north woods “

  • JerryCT

    Better yet ………… Paul Smith's College in the remote Adirondacks

  • GalenaScott

    Congratulations to the historic big three birthday and best wishes for many years to come. This site has great posters — knowledgeable, funny, fair and feisty! Alex responds in great fashion to questions and keeps up with the latest IU basketball news. Couldn't want anything better!

  • HoosierChan77

    So Alex what would be the best gift ITH could receive for turning the BIG 3? Anything besides donations.

  • marcusgresham

    How 'bout a shiny new Aaron Thomas?

  • M&Choosierfactory

    Although I rarely post, I have been here since the begining. I think I followed a link from peegs to find you guys. Thanks you for all that you do.

    The regular posters should be recognized as well. You guys make this site fun to read.

    Keep it up. I think we will have a lot to be excited about in the years to come. GO HOOSIERS!

  • slikyslim222

    Thanks & great job! This is one of the few sites that offers info that is insightful, fresh, and professional. I always enjoy the spirited debates & interesting comments without the immature moronic posts.

    Well done, & keep up the good work!!!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    With the market the way it is for college profs, I'll be blessed to get a job anywhere, but I'd prefer the Midwest (it's where I grew up, family is here, yada yada yada). Lately, my default I-don't-want-to-live-there-state has been New Mexico… summer for 3 months, hell for 9. I'm sure the high desert country is fine, but I want a yard with grass that's natural, not a bunch of imported sod that has to be watered for 10 hours a day (although having a yard of sand would save me the chore of mowing the lawn….)

  • Kelin Blab

    Maybe david williams should sign again so we can have a commitment and something to talk about….

  • Jchayd333

    i love this website

  • Oldsports

    I found ITH about a year ago and check it several times daily. Thanks for the information and all you do.

  • wbellamy

    My sentiments exactly. Been looking at site for a couple of months. I do not know what a 3 and a 4 are, but sure love IU basketball. Just did not realize that so many knew so much more than I about the game.

  • IUMIKE1

    That would be a gift for not just ITH but all IU fans. IMHO

  • MikeinNC

    Congrats, this is a great site….sitting here in the heart of ACC territory, ITH really helps me stay connected.