Yesterday afternoon the University of Pittsburgh Pitt Panthers football team defeated the Penn State University Nittany Lions football team 42 to 39 here at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
I watched the first two quarters of the game at Armand’s in Little Italy as I sat at the bar sipping beer and eating peanuts. Then I got a six-pack of 16 ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer to go and I listened to the rest of the game on the radio at home. Most of the people in the bar were at least 50 years old and I found it gratifying (I’m a Pitt alum) that they cheered every success of the team on the field and groaned over every setback. I doubt that all these baby boomers had gone to Pitt. I guess they were just rooting on another Pittsburgh team. Tomorrow night they’ll have the opportunity to root on the Steelers.
On September 9, 2016 The Gazette got 1,385 views, the most views this blog has gotten in one day since it went online February 2014. I’ve accepted that my little girlie magazine has hit a certain plateau: 6,000 to 7,000 visitors every month and 24,000 to 30,000 views every month and the magazine will probably stay on this plateau for several more months; but my goal is to “continue to try to move beyond this plateau” as soon as possible.
Why this single-minded goal? Because this girlie magazine is not a hobby any longer. After two and a half years it has evolved into a business with bills to pay: professional backup, domain name, hosting and paid contributors. The magazine has a bottom line like any other business and it must stay within its budget. In order for it to stay within its budget, the magazine’s readership must not stagnate. It has to grow. And with your help it will grow.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 73 and an 80% chance of rain. All photos of Sherry Chio used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.
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