Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Birthday VOTC!!

Wow! I can't believe it's already been a year since I first started Voice of the Collector. (August 15th 2008) In that time frame I have delivered almost 600 posts (596 to be exact) including over 100 product reviews, dozens of video box breaks, some radio podcasts, dozens of image galleries, quizzes, a few contests and PLENTY of opinion.

However, none of this would be possible without an audience. I mean really, what would be the point? So a sincere thank you to all my readers, followers, commenter's, detractors and debaters. I have really enjoyed the experience and am glad to be able to call several of you friends.

In addition I'd like to thank the two-people that I had quietly followed in the blogsphere before engaging via comments and eventually used for inspiration to start VOTC.

Mario Alejandro of Wax Heaven and Adam Gellman of Sports Cards Uncensored -thanks for your inspiration as well as your early and ongoing support of VOTC. Mario was the first person to comment on my initial post, welcoming me and offering to help.

My self prescribed mission at the start of this blog is included on the header and states:

"The conflict of interests surrounding the once respected Hobby giant have grown to such proportion that they can no longer be ignored. From card pricing to card grading, sub-par editorial, manufacturer collusion, glorified product reviews and near plagiarism, this blatant disregard for the collector's best interests in the name of the almighty dollar MUST end. It is the goal of this blog to be the true VOICE of the COLLECTOR."

I hope, at least to some degree, I have done that. This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech and that is REALLY not my intention. I am just very thankful and appreciative of the blogsphere.

Finally, if you look back at some of my original posts you will gain an insight into where my head was at at the time and can serve as reminder for veteran readers or quickly bring newer readers "up to speed".

Welcome!! Labels: , ,

3rd Party Card Pricing Labels: , ,

Top 10 List of . . . Events That Changed the Hobby Labels: , , , ,

As if the Hobby needed another black-eye Labels: , , ,

Top 10 List Continued Labels: , , ,

Why Book Value Doesn’t Mean Squat Labels: , , , ,

Beware: The "Book Value" Trader Labels: , ,

The Long Awaited Junk Wax How To Labels: , , ,


Corky said...

Congratulations on the success of your blog. I read it every day and was actually part of the inspiration for me to start my own blog, so I also should say "Thank you".

Fuji said...

Happy Birthday! Keep up the great blog!

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Thanks guys!!

Steve Gierman said...

Congrats on one year! It's been a real treat reading this blog.

Sooz said...

Congrats! Pretty awesome. Love the blog.

night owl said...

Happy Anniversary. I've always admired your cause. Keep it up.

Gellman said...

Happy blog birthday!

James said...

Congrats on the one year mark. It's a big accomplishment.

Dave said...

Congratulations, Rob! Thanks for making VOTC such a consistently entertaining read!

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