Re: [mmahq] News Update
- Bucktooth Bill
- 2010-01-11 @ 15:15
Doc - best to you and God bless all of yours and your wives' and
Thanks for everything -
Thomas - aka Kansas
> Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 13:52:19 -0500
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [mmahq] News Update
> To: email@example.com
> To all the long-time MMA HQ readers,
> To make a very long story short, I am in the process of selling MMAHQ.com.
> I've been in negotiations with several different companies over the
> past few months, and am finally nearing completion of selling the
> website to someone else.
> You all obviously know how things have slowed down on the site in the
> past few months from me. There haven't been as many posts and things
> lately. Especially since the holidays started, these past few weeks
> have seen really no updates and that's because I'm in the process of
> finalizing the sale. Unless, the purchase falls through, mmahq.com
> will most likely be under new ownership sometime next week.
> What the new owners plan to do with the site, I don't really know.
> They have purchased the domain name (mmahq.com) and all the existing
> site content. My guess is that they will attempt to continue to run
> the site as it currently stands, just be aware that the new content is
> not being posted by me. They may completely change the site and how
> it operates, I really have no idea.
> After 5+ years of doing MMA HQ, I've finally received an offer to buy
> the site that was good enough for me to accept, and I've decided to
> It wasn't an easy decision, but the time is right for me.
> MMA HQ started out before the first TUF show ever aired (although it
> wasn't on the mmahq.com domain name back then) and has been in steady
> operation since then. Along the way, the past few years have seen
> hundreds of other MMA websites start up, most of them simply reposting
> the same exact news as each other.
> For a while I struggled with what direction to take MMA HQ in. I
> didn't want to simply be another "fish in the sea" of MMA blogs and
> thats why I haven't really posted 10+ articles a day of every little
> news article and rumor that comes along like other sites. I've tried
> to keep MMA HQ for what I considered to be "important" MMA news and my
> personal opinion pieces like even previews and contests.
> But, what I contributed to MMA HQ didn't (and still doesn't) define
> the site. All of you, the daily readers and commenters, are what has
> made MMA HQ the site that it is. MMA HQ really has become much more
> of a community MMA site than just a simple news site. Even though
> none of us have ever met, we feel like we really know the
> personalities of they other "keyboard warriors" we talk MMA with. I
> want to thank you all for bringing that to the site.
> That being said, I still have my feet wet in the MMA world and am
> involved in a few different MMA-related startups. Nothing that I can
> really discuss at this time, but stay subscribed to this mailing list
> and I'll post news from time to time.
> For the more immediate future, I want to solicit some feedback here.
> Like I've said, I feel that the strength and uniqueness of MMA HQ has
> always been the community that surrounds it. While I'm selling
> mmahq.com, I will still retain the rights to mmahq.net. I'm wide open
> to suggestions on how to utilize mmahq.net if you all are interested
> in keeping that "community" going.
> I completely understand that this isn't personal in any way for all of
> you like it is for me as the sites creator and owner, but if you all
> would like to stick around and continue the MMA community we've built
> up, I'd love to do it. We can do it on mmahq.net, or I can buy a
> completely new MMA domain name that we all come up with.
> The only question and discussion point I have is what kind of site
> should we build. A simple blog site doesn't cut it anymore, and I've
> discussed earlier. Basic forums don't work either as they are too
> impersonal, too inviting to simple "trolling" and just don't provide a
> way for good discussion.
> The MMA "online scene" has really remained the same for the past 10
> years. You basically have 4 different types: your news sites
> (sherdog, mmaweekly, mmajunkie, your forums (sherdog.net, mma.tv,
> etc...), your fantasy gaming sites ( mmaplayground, etc...) and then
> everyone else who is just copying and taking news from of the 3 other
> types. But all those sites simply haven't changed in the past 10
> years and are truly lacking, in my opinion.
> In my eyes, what MMA fans want is a place to talk MMA in a way that
> can "prove" their knowledge of the sport. Kind of like building an
> MMA reputation proving you know the sport. Not just some simple forum
> site where you get a high post count and a new color belt logo next to
> your name. I have a few ideas, but I'd like suggestions, if you are
> interested, in what would make a good MMA site in your eyes.
> If you've read this far into this email, then you are ( and probably
> have been for a while ) a true MMA HQ fan, and I truly thank you for
> making the last 5+ years a great experience for me. The site never
> made much money, but what I did make I tried to give back to all of
> you through giveaway contests and prizes for the MMA HQ fight camp. I
> hope you've had a good time as well. At the moment we have over 2,000
> news stories and over 20,000 comments on the site, and I couldn't have
> gotten even close to that without all of you.
> If you feel like I've "sold out" or let you down in any way as a loyal
> reader, I'm truly sorry. I appreciate you sticking with me for the
> past 5+ years, but its time for me to get paid and move on from
> mmahq.com in its current form.
> - Craig "Dr J" Jolicoeur
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