With it being November 1st, I wanted to take a moment — well, a post — to reflect on the month of October, which was the greatest month in SBM history. But before I get to that, we want to thank the SBM readers, both new and tenured, for helping make this site what it’s become. It was just a few months ago that we freshened up the appearance, added guest contributors, and diversified our content to better reflect what we define as the urban male perspective.
And while we made adjustments, some people told us not to change, that we’re a relationship blog and need to stay a relationship blog, that we’ll lose readers if we leave the “niche.” Truth be told, some people did leave and they were vocal about their exit. That’s expected with change. Little did we know things would take off as much as they have in the last few months — October being both a culmination and a beginning.
In October 2012, we crushed the previous monthly record for pageviews and unique visitors. SBM doesn’t exist for traffic, but we can’t exist without it. And the more people know about this platform, the more our vision becomes a reality. There were a few posts — both new and old — that resonated. If you haven’t seen them, check out Mr. Spradley’s The Reappearing Man: 4 Reasons Why Men Almost Always Come Back, WisdomIsMisery’s An Unfaithful Man Explains: Why Do Men Cheat, or Dr. J’s 10 Signs You’re Too Old for the Club to name a few. You can also visit the archives.
In October 2012, SBM took a stand against Domestic Violence with the women of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. This marked our first sponsorship of a Domestic Violence Awareness event. In addition to participating in Omega Phi Beta’s Ray of Hope Walk on October 28th, we also ran a few posts in alignment with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is one of the causes we will continue to support throughout the year and for years to come.
In October 2012, SBM content was featured on Madame Noire (MN). As you probably know, SBM writers have been contributing on the popular site for a few months; but October marked the first month that MN shared content that originated on SBM. When larger sites support what you’re doing at home, that’s a good sign. We’re both proud of it and thankful.
Again, thank you for helping us be great. We’re working hard on more than (what literally) meets the eye and hope you’ll be around to see where we’re going. With each staff member going through new experiences every day, there’s plenty for us to cover and plenty of work to do. This is just the beginning.