So many good things have been happening over at Cyclone Nation in such a short period of time, and I'd like to share some of them with all of you:
*We have been averaging 15,000 visitors per days in the past two weeks, which I'm told is pretty good traffic for a startup.
*We've added Ben Bruns, a former standout player from the history-making 9-3 squad of 2000, as our football insider. In fact, Ben's latest offering is up on the site today.
*Through Bill's dilligence, and great relationships within the athletic department, we've been able to keep people abreast of daily recruiting happenings (i.e. daily updates on Jerome Harper).
*Our first issue of the magazine has gone to print and should arrive to all of you subscribers in the next 7-10 days. Wait until you see it, it's unlike anything covering Cyclone sports you have ever seen before. Professional, polished, and just overall very cool. In fact, we already have the cover for the next issue planned pending a 5th straight ISU over Iowa. How does "One for the thumb" sound?
*I have been invited to speak to several Cyclone Clubs already about Cyclone Nation. In fact, those of you that are members of the Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club should expect to see me on Friday at your luncheon.
*My new venture with Clear Channel radio has finally given the Cyclone Nation access to that 50,000-watt blowtorch known as WHO, which was previously dominated by the Hawkeyes. In fact, Saturday afternoon I was a guest for an entire hour to talk about the ISU-FSU game. We also had Pete Taylor statewide on the Jan Mickelson show (where I'm filling in this week) to pump up Iowa State football. Some folks over in Eastern Iowa were probably squirming that entire hour! :)
*Speaking of radio, do not underestimate what me moving my show to KXNO (the flagship for ISU sports) will do for the Cyclone Nation. Already it has given me the opportunity to do a weekly stint on TV's SoundOff, and it provides a match made in heaven: the marriage of print, radio, and Internet.
*Everyone I have dealt with thus far within the ISU athletic department regarding our new venture has been very positive and pledged their full support. THAT impact can not be underestimated as well.
But now the best news for last:
We have finally completed the transferral of CI's online subscribers into our database. All of you will receive a 30-day free trial of Cyclone Nation, and it's my sincere hope you'll enjoy what you see. I also look forward to hearing the feedback from previous CI print subscribers when they receive their first issue of Cyclone Nation Magazine!
Finally, starting Sept. 1, Steve Waters (CI Steve) will be moving over to TheInsiders network and our message board community here at Cyclone Nation.
Steve plans to do some other things with his life, but is still very passionate about Iowa State sports. Please join me in welcoming Steve Waters home to Cyclone Nation, THE inside word on Iowa State sports.
Thanks again to all of you for making the initial phase of Cyclone Nation such a tremendous success.