But we have come to the end of another year, and again a very successful one for RuggaWorld and it’s time to say thanks.
I am not going to get all nostalgic on your asses, but I remember starting this site as a side project with a couple of like-minded psycho’s whilst still living in Namibia one December around 2005 – in fact, these days I am not even sure but Deon will correct me on the year.
Along the way we made some wonderful friends both socially and professionally but unfortunately, we also lost one or two along the way (rest in peace folks).
There were many times where we (the owners) said; ‘Fuck-it! I had enough, close the bloody site’ – but we always seem to pull through and come back!
Now we don’t do it for the money I can assure you (because no-one has ever paid us for any of this), we do it because of you, the readers and contributors, continue to come back and engage us. So where I always thank you last in one of these columns, let me thank you first, because it is only because of you that we are still here.
To our friends, our readers and those who choose to engage in debates on this site, sincerely, thank you!
It is amazing to think that a site that started off as a hobby (and still is in fact) attracts over 20 000 unique visitors a month, has close to 6 000 followers on Twitter including an ever-growing Facebook page.
To our partners and sponsors who shares a like-minded love for sport and specifically rugby, your support over the course of 2012 and prior has been nothing short of awesome! First on that list is Seth Hulley from Oakley South Africa who has not only become a good personal friend, but is always more than happy to part with some eye-wear every year for our competitions. To Seth and Tshepo and the team over at Oakley South Africa who makes the best sports specific eye-wear in the world, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you and your families a peaceful and joyous Festive Season – stay cool bud!
Also not forgetting Daniel from Voltbet, Wayne from Gilbert SA, and Juan from Klipdrift Brandy who were all extremely generous in their support of Ruggaworld in 2012! Thanks guys, you are all magic!
To all the folks at all the unions and clubs around the world who keeps us updated with media releases so we can keep our readers up to date, thank you for recognising that the RuggaWorld brand is not some piss-willy fly-by-night blog but that the folks running it is serious about promoting your brand positively through ours and that our readers deserves to know the uncensored truth from the horse’s mouth.
Lastly, but certainly not in the least, to my good friends Boertjie, Deon and David and their families who sacrifice a lot of personal time to bring us the stories and opinions, thank you guys, it has been one helluva ride so-far and I actually cannot imagine a day without this site. All you hard work and sacrifices has made this possible, and I thank you.
I have to also mention the folks who contribute to this site all the time that breaks the boring tone we always offer you, Mike, Bryce and Brendon, your contributions are a breath of fresh air folks and I hope you guys will continue to contribute to this site in 2013 – along with any other individual that feels brave enough!
It is amazing to see how personalities have developed on this site over the years. Whether we have met personally or ever will, each person brings something unique to this site and I am sure all of the other guys will agree with me when I say it is what makes us unique. You don’t have to always get along, in fact, we almost never do, but the fact that we can debate issues in rugby and sport maturely and passionately is what we always wanted and somehow still managed to preserve.
To all of you and your families, thank you for a wonderful year, have an awesome (but not irresponsible) Festive Season and re-charge those batteries, 2013 is going to be a cracker!
Oh one last thing, and it’s something I could never say since we started this site so allow me this moment…