2012 BTB Honor Roll: Recognizing Significant Contributions To BTB

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04: A fan of the Dallas Cowboys holds up a team flag during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 19-13 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In what has become a little of a six-monthly tradition, today we're going to look at some BTB user stats from the first six months of 2012. After all, it's not like there is a lot of football going on right now, so if we can't celebrate the Cowboys, let's celebrate ourselves.

Think back to when you first stumbled across Blogging The Boys. Most of us probably found our way here via a link to an article on the front page. But we kept coming back, and eventually even signed up, because of the community. So today we give a big tip o' the ole hat to those members that have made significant contributions to making BTB what is is today: a vibrant and growing community.

Each day, the community changes a little bit as new members sign up for BTB, and add their voice to the community by starting to comment and eventually perhaps even putting up a FanShot or even a FanPost. So this is a post that's not going to be about the Cowboys. Instead, this is where we say thank YOU. You the reader, you the commenter, you the contributor.

After the break we look at some BTB stats from the first half of 2012 to identify who the most prolific BTB members were, both in terms of quantity and quality, and recognize them for their contributions.

Let's start with topline stats for 2012 so far:

  • Nine different front page writers combined to bring you 828 front page posts so far this year, narrowly beating the 812 posts we had at the same time in 2011. That's a lot of posts for 182 days and translates to 4.5 posts per day. If nothing else, I hope we've kept you entertained.
  • 235 BTB members wrote a combined 616 Fanpost so far this year, up from the 479 at the same time last year.
  • 229 BTB members published a total of 919 Fanshots in 2012, more than twice the 479 we saw in the first half of 2011.
Front Page

We currently have eight writers on the masthead toiling away to bring you the best non-accredited Cowboys coverage you can find. Hopefully, you've found that each writer has a style of his own, adds a different perspective and adds a unique element to what makes BTB such a great place to be. Here's how many posts each of us have contributed to the front page so far this year:

2011 Front Page Writers, Jan-Jun
Writers
Posts
OCC 255
KD Drummond 228
Dave Halprin 196
rabblerousr 122
Paul Alexander 11
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2012 Front Page Writers Jan-Jun
Writers
Posts
OCC 259
Tom Ryle 157
KD Drummond 125
rabblerousr 101
Dave Halprin
82
Archie Barberio 67
Coty Saxman 32
Kegbearer 4
Brandon Worley 1
Fan Posts

A big part of the success for both BTB and other SB Nation sites is the FanPost section. This is where you get a much broader spectrum of opinions, topics and styles than you get on the front page, but it's also where the heart of the community is beating the strongest. And until you've tried your hand at authoring a FanPost of your own, you may not realize how much time and effort most authors put into their FanPosts.

The table below lists the 15 top contributors in the FanPost section. I've sorted the tables by number of FanPosts in 2012, by the number of recommendations (rec's) received and by the number of comments generated by the FanPost and the ensuing discussion.

The FanPost writer's currency of choice is the rec'. A high number of rec's will leave a writer in a gleeful state for days, while low or no rec's can feel like a huge disappointment, especially if you've put a lot of hard work into a post. So don't be stingy with those rec's. They are the most gratifying thing for most authors because they show a special appreciation for the work the author has put into his FanPost.

2012 No. Of Fanposts
Author
Fanposts
ScarletO
23
IckesJb
22
jdg4660
18
Archie Barberio
17
AntonioNickerson
14
Kegbearer
14
ProBowlFactory
13
Michael Icebone Sisemore
12
Blue Eyed Devil
11
Specific
11
VAfan 11
I am Ironman!!! 11
JJ_killed_our_cowboys 10
mfoster 9
4 tied with 8 posts
2012 Recommendations Received
Author
FanPosts Rec's
ScarletO
23
162
IckesJb
22
157
Kegbearer
14
145
TARHEEL PAUL
1
129
5Blings
8
115
Archie Barberio
17
100
AntonioNickerson 14
93
Birddog26
6
86
Specific
11
85
Blue Eyed Devil 11 67
Michael I. Sisemore 12 59
Chandus 5
53
The Real Dirk Gentry 2
52
Hawkeye101 5
50
ProBowlFactory 13
43
2012 Comments Received
Author
FanPosts Cmnts
5Blings
8
2,705
Archie Barberio
17
2,432
ScarletO
23
1,751
Blue Eyed Devil
11
661
Birddog26
6
542
Kegbearer
14
539
Rohpuri
4
522
Specific
11
521
jdg4660
18
493
JJ_k_o_c 10
467
IckesJb 22 458
OCC
1
457
AntonioNickerson
14
456
TARHEEL PAUL
1
421
ProBowlFactory
13
419

When we looked at the BTB stats for 2011, we introduced a couple of efficiency metrics in addition to the volume metrics above. So once again, we'll rank contributors by RpFPs (Recommendations per FanPost) and CpFPs (Comments per FanPost)

Here's a look at the BTB Top dogs in terms of recommendations and comments per post (min. three posts to qualify). You'll find most of the perennial BTB favorites on one of these lists.

2012 Rec's per FanPost
Author
FanPosts RpFPs
5Blings 8
14.4
Birddog26
6
14.3
Chandus
5 10.6
Kegbearer 14 10.4
Rohpuri
4 10.3
Hawkeye101
5
10.0
Lissyyyyy
4
9.3
Specific 11
7.7
IckesJb 22
7.1
ScarletO 23
7.0
AntonioNickerson 14 6.6
Blue Eyed Devil 11 6.1
Archie Barberio 17 5.9
Hank Hill 4 5.8
thesharpestnick
5 5.2
2012 Comments per FanPost
Author
FanPosts CpFPs
5Blings 8
338
Archie Barberio 17
143
Rohpuri 4 131
DCBluestar 3 101
Birddog26 6 90
ScarletO 23 76
Omar Little 4 67
Lissyyyyy 4 65
Plinkostar 3 62
Blue Eyed Devil 11 60
The Trenches 7 5654
DannyPhantom 6 53
CowboyinExile 3 53
Specific 11 47
JJ_k_o_c 10 47

If you click on the FanPosts tab at the top of the BTB front page, you'll be taken to an overview page for FanPosts. Once there, I'd urge you to click on the most popular of all time option. This gives you the eternal list of the FanPosts with the highest number of rec's in the history of BTB. Leafing through some of those posts can be quite entertaining. Try it out over the next couple of days, you won't be disappointed - and it's not like you're going to miss a lot of Cowboys action for the next four weeks anyway.

And last year, like every year before, many new FanPosts entered this FanPost Hall of Fame. Here are the ten most recommended FanPosts of 2012:

The 10 best Fanposts of 2012 - so far
Author
Title Rec's
TARHEEL PAUL Wow. Almost 3 years. And I'm Still Alive 129
The Real Dirk Gently Putting Romo to Rest 48
me gusta Three Reasons I Love Blogging the Boys 41
Kegbearer Jason Garrett & The Cowboy Way: Competition Is The Key 34
Lissyyyyy Lissyyyyyy's HIGHLY ANTICIPATED Draft of Under the Radar Small-School Freaks 30
5Blings Season Wrap Up Part 1: Dallas Cowboys Myths Debunked 29
5Blings One Man's NFL Draft Odyssey 25
Birddog26 Scouts View: Morris Claiborne and the Wonderlic Test 24
IckesJb What the heck is a Spider 2 Y-Banana? And how do you stop it? 24
Kegbearer The Claiborne Effect: What ‘Pick 6’ Does for Dallas' Defense 24

Fanshots

Many people think that the FanShot section is an empty wasteland, but far from it. The FanShot is alive and well on BTB, and in 2012 we're seeing record levels of FanShots and FanShot participation.

Tip of the hat to all of you who posted FanShots, the top 15 are below.

2012 No. Of Fanshots
Author
Fanshots
Rena 64
beWARE94 35
Jonathan Stern 34
OCC 32
ProBowlFactory 31
Lissyyyyy 27
Fernie67 26
thebigham 26
Dub_TC 21
Allan Uy 17
stegosaurus! 16
scraig 15
Fan in Thick and Thin 14
LilZtretch 14
Long Ball / Seanrude 13
2012 Fanshot Comments Received
Author
Fanshots Comments
Rena 64 643
Johnathan Stern 34 485
OCC 32 384
thebigham 26 383
Lissyyyyy 27 340
Fernie67 26 279
beWARE94 35 249
Dub_TC 21 224
ProBowlFactory 31 195
Archie Barberio 9 170
stegosaurus! 16 169
TARHEEL PAUL 9 169
TheCowboyWay 6 157
CaliCowboysFan92 10 154
Fan in Thick and Thin 14 147

55 individual bloggers are mentioned by name in this post. If your name's not on any of the lists above, but you want to see your name up in the bright BTB lights, then simply post more stuff, more often!

Until then, thank you all for your great contributions.

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