Founded in 1999, Michigan-Sportsman.com started as a collection of links to Michigan related sites, and a series of manually edited blogs. It was a marriage of my passions for the outdoors and computers.
In late 1999 we started our first message board. After going through 3 different message board softwares, we settled on one in late 2000. Photo galleries, classifieds, product reviews were added in later years. It was a social network before the term was coined. Users held self organized get togethers and formed friendships because of the site. Many are have formed long lived friendships with others who share the same interests in the outdoors through the site.
We got booted off many shared servers over the years because our traffic overwhelmed the other sites that were on the server. We got a dedicated server in 2002. The site boomed.
By 2009 we had become Michigan's first and foremost outdoor website and celebrated 10 years of existence. Today the site regularly gets over 250,000 unique users per month, has almost 4,000,000 user generated posts and regularly sees over 1000 users browsing the site at any given time. I had never envisioned anything close to this from the meager beginning.
Thank you for visiting.
Thank you for all the fun in the past and looking forward to the future.
Snail mail address:
30800 Telegraph Road
Bingham Farms, MI 48025