The day-to-day business of running a site such as this can be, well, quite busy. Pretty much everyone on staff has a full-time beat or multiple job responsibilities that go above and beyond just reporting on the day's events.
But that's why we love doing it. Like a shark, you're constantly in motion. We're working hard to bring you the news. And even when we aren't reporting something, it's because we're traveling to or from an event.
When you get into this business, you quickly learn it's beyond a full-time job. It's more like a life event.
That's why I just wanted to take the time today to say thanks to our significant others. In some cases, it's a family thing here. In others, our loved ones are as much a part of this as we are. They have to live with our strange hours and odd work schedules.
So even though it's just our names, as reporters, out there on the front of everything, we couldn't do what we do without the support we receive from both the company and our significant others.
THE NEXT LEVEL
Speaking of saying thanks to our significant others, my own has been flying about of late working on multiple possible deals that would put this company in a much greater position of strength moving forward. It's been kind of a weird reversal for our family, as my wife Dali is now several states away meeting with all kinds of important people while I'm at home with the kids (and running around to sports events and so forth).
Dale's lede entry up there inspired me to add here that I'm proud of her. I wish more people know what all she does for us and how she represents us, whether it's to corporate partners or just Joe Reader who'll walk up to us in the Strip. They'll say hi to me, but they'll always end up talking to her.
She's flying home today, and I'll be happy to be the one picking her up at the airport. (Then leaving with Matt Sunday for Cincinnati a couple hours later, but hey.) -- Dejan Kovacevic
THANKS FOR THE Q&A
And while we're expressing gratitude, we'd also like to thank everyone at Walter's Southern Kitchen in Lawrenceville for allowing us to hold a Miller Lite Q&A session there Tuesday night. It was a blast for all of us and, hopefully, all who attended, with some rather lively sports talk from me, Dali, Chris Carter, Chris Bradford and Matt Grubba. And yes, we'll be doing more in the near future. -- DK
BOOK IN THE WORKS?
Wait, we're producing a book?
To be sold at Christmas time?
Oh, yeah, it's in the works. But if I breathed one more syllable than this right now, that person I'm picking up from the airport today will be really ticked. She'll share soon enough. -- DK
MORE MIX TO THE JAVA
We've also been discussing freshening up our Morning Java videos, primarily with an emphasis on making each episode offering varying content as opposed to single-team concepts. And within that, the reporters most associated with those concepts will be the ones doing those segments.
Much more on this next week. -- DK
• Our new login/alert system is ... not yet there. It was about to get installed by Build In Motion a few days ago, but unforeseen changes in one of our base platforms forced changes to the installation. We'll try again next week. The aim of this fix is to have readers logging in less often, but it's also supposed to dramatically cut down on Android crashes. -- DK
• Our weekly features are some of our most popular content, and Monday mornings are always our highest readership period -- even when it isn't football season -- but we still inadvertently wound up piling too many of those features on Mondays with Wilkes-Barre Watch and the new Stats 'N' At. Because Taylor Haase times her Wilkes-Barre Watch to events over the weekend, and because Carter's War Room is similarly timed to Tuesdays, we'll be pushing back David Golebiewski's Stats 'N' At to Wednesdays. -- DK
• Can't stress this enough, but use the app. It's where we put almost all of our tech resources, it's got the best version of our Live Feed, and it's free:
SEEKING BUSINESS PARTNERS
Currently available for sponsorships: (Some) Steelers, (some) Penguins, Pitt, Duquesne, Penn State, West Virginia, Buried Treasure, Carter's Classroom, Friday Insider, Stats 'N' At, Wilkes-Barre Watch, Wheeling Watch and the DK's Daily Shot podcast. This is our updated media kit for much more detail. If you're interested in connecting with our large, passionate following, email me at Dali@DKPittsburghSports.com. -- Dali
VETS POOL NEEDS A BOOST
• Our Veterans Gift Subscriptions pool dipped to minus-9 following a Friday in which two were claimed -- Chris from the Air Force, Gerard from the Navy -- and none bought. If you'd like to contribute, that can happen right here. Overall, our readers have connected 201 military veterans with free subscriptions since the program was restructured in May. And, as ever, anyone who's served in our Armed Forces can request a subscription by filling out this form.
BACK TO BUSINESS
• Subscriptions are at 37,542. That's minus-51 over the past week.
• We had 503,452 page views over the past week. Our most-hit article -- exempting live files and DK columns -- was Cody Tucker and Matt Sunday interviewing Ryan Reaves in Washington at 9,504. Our most visited team pages were, in order: Penguins (50.3 percent), Steelers (29.1) Pirates (6.1), Pitt (5.7), Penn State (2.3), and all the rest below 1.0.
• We're at 29,212 (-5) page likes on Facebook, we're at 28,888 (+76) followers on Twitter, and we're at 9,006 (+3) followers on Instagram. These figures are just for our official company account on each platform, not for us as individuals.
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