Sunday, March 24, 2019

Waking up today and realizing it is already 2010 was a huge shock to my system. Is it just me or did 2009 totally fly by? It feels like just a few weeks ago I was writing my Girl’s Guide to the College Bowls pieces, but no….that was a year ago to the day.

Even though most of it went by in a fast blur, so many amazing things happened in 2009. After only being up and running for about a month and a half, Stiletto Sports began to break the 1,000+ visitors a day mark. After only 3 months, our photos began to skyrocket to the front page of Google images. After less than 4 months, Stiletto Sports became the premiere destination to learn about sports and had record-shattering numbers for March Madness with #1 Google results for A Girls Guide to: basketball, NBA, college basketball, & March Madness, baseball terms & MLB, football terms & college football. And we ranked on first or second page of Google results for “a girl’s guide to…sports, football, baseball, NFL” Bracketology 101, and guide to March Madness.

Spring was a huge time for Stiletto Sports. I was interviewed on Diva Talk Radio, launched my own Stiletto Sports product line and we had over 50,000 visitors a month. In September, I began work on the first Stiletto Sports E-Book.

Despite taking a few months off to work on other projects, I still wrote over 400 posts for Stiletto Sports in 2009. Obviously, I can’t recap them all! But I wanted to break down the Fan Favorite/Most Popular Posts and also let you in on some of my personal favorite posts.

Thank you to all of the Stiletto Sports fanatics that have helped to make this site such a success! Can’t wait to see where 2010 takes us!

Fan Favorite Posts

  1. A Girl’s Guide to Football Players & Positions: 23,300 views Apparently football is not just a bunch of fat guys beating each other up! Who knew? I’m glad this post has been so popular because it took a really long time to compile. First I had to find out what the positions were called. Then I had to translate all the gibberish in their descriptions to figure out what they actually do! After that, I had to treat myself to pictures of the hottest football players for each position! I earned it! Don’t worry I shared them with you!
  2. Gilles Marini DWTS  Profile & Recaps 21,000 views Back in February 2009, I cut out a small section of the site to be for Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and other shows that I like. When Gilles Marini, the steamy naked neighbor from the first Sex & The City movie joined the DWTS cast, I put a small profile up. Well, a photo of him from my site shot to the first page of Google images and send hundreds of people to Stiletto Sports looking for him. During the finale when Gilles and Shawn Johnson battled it out for the mirror ball trophy, so many people Googled him and came to Stiletto Sports that it took down our server. Four times.
  3. Mascotology: What happens when a Memphis Tiger meets a Missouri Tiger? 17,000 views Ah Mascotology, the science of comparing one team’s mascot to another’s to determine which team will win the game. It’s one of my favorite ways to pick my March Madness brackets! And it’s easy when you have a Bulldog meeting up with a Tiger. I mean, duh, a tiger can eat a bulldog like a snack. But what happens when a Tiger meets a Tiger? How do you determine who should win then?
  4. NFL Draft 2009: Quarter Back Scouting Report 14,500 views In the spring, we decided to do a Stiletto Sports Fantasy NFL Boy Draft, a la One Tree Hill. To help everyone determine who they wanted to “draft,’ we created scouting reports for the quarterbacks, running backs, etc. And the QB and Running Back Scouting Report became a huge fan favorite post. Though I’m not sure those who were looking for scouting reports were really expecting lots of pictures of hot NFL draft picks!
  5. The Unofficial Ask Stiletto Sports Forum 7,100 views My favorite part about checking my website stats is checking my Googles, or search terms people used to get to Stiletto Sports. At the end of every month, I put up my favorite “googles” and links to the closest relating article on Stiletto Sports. I consider a Google to be almost like an unofficial “ask stiletto sports!”
  6. The NBA All-Star All-Shoe Team 6,000 views This is also one of my all-time favorite posts as well. For the 2009 NBA All-star Game I wanted to do a unique look at the game: from the fashion angle! All-Star Weekend is like the Spring Haute Couture Fashion Show of the Basketball World. All the players premier their brand new kicks that hit the stores a few months later. The All-Star All-Shoe team covers the best All-Star Game sneakers of all-time!
  7. My Super Sweet 16: The Hotties of the NCAA Tourney 5,200 combined views in Part I & Part II: This two part series honored my favorite part of the NCAA March Madness tournament: the hot, young virile players of the game! And last year was a great crop with hotties like Blake Griffin & Tyreke Evans
  8. 10 Reasons to love the Boogity Boogity World of NASCAR 5,000 views As a girl who really didn’t understand the excitement of watching cars go around in circles for hours and hours, this was a post I was really excited to write. I genuinely wanted to have some reasons to tune in and apparently, so did a lot of others!
  9. Live Photos from Yankees Home Opener: 4.500 views Being a displaced New Yorker living in Florida, I have about 200 Yankees-loving friends on Facebook. And lucky for me, a lot of them headed to the opening days at the new Yankees Stadium and granted me permission to publish the photos on Stiletto Sports!
  10. Hottie of the Day: Mark Sanchez 4,000 views Do I really have to give an explanation on why this is one of my most popular posts? Have you seen how yummy the newest New York Jet is? Y-U-M-M-Y!
  11. What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby 3,800 views The Kentucky Derby is all about the hats and pretty party dresses! Everytime I think about it, I think of the scene in Pretty Woman where she goes to the polo game in the gorgeous polka dot dress and little white gloves.
  12. Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Sports Loving Moms: 3,700 Originally published for Mother’s Day, this guide became a huge help for those looking for the perfect gift ideas for the sports loving women in their lives.
  13. A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the World Series of Boredom, er, Baseball 2,700 This is one of the old classics of Stiletto Sports! It’s actually one of the first 5 articles of the Girl’s Guide to Baseball that launched Stiletto Sports. It makes me very happy that it’s popularity has continued through the year.
  14. Totally Terrific Tuesday: 90s SuperBowl Commercials 2,833 views Remember the Budweiser frogs? Revisit them and all your old friends from the best Super Bowl commercials from the early 90s!
  15. 10 reasons why College Basketball is so “Awesome Baby” 2500 views Dick Vitale, college basketball sportscaster extraordinaire, thinks the game is “awesome, baby!” and here are 10 reasons why I agree and why March Madness is my favorite time of year!

Check back tomorrow to see MY personal favorite posts, the best guides of ’09 and of course, my favorite Hotties of 2009!

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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2 Responses

  1. Mike Said,

    Congrats on awesome 2009 in stats and articles. I have a feeling that you’re going to make 2010 even better.

    Posted on January 3rd, 2010 at 8:52 am

  2. Stiletto Jen Said,

    thank you! can’t wait to see what ’10 brings! going to crush it!

    Posted on January 3rd, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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