This year’s coverage of IPCPR was by far our best and most in depth work. We set all kinds of records here at Stogie Review in unique visitors, page views, time on site and all those other analytic measures, some of those values actually doubling and tripling. Thats nice and all but its never been about the stats for us. What motivates us is the feedback we get from you, our friends. Combined, we don’t have enough fingers and toes to keep track of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from you. We are overjoyed that you enjoyed this year’s coverage. We often say here at Stogie Review that we don’t follow trends, we set them. We don’t follow the pack, we lead it. I hope you watched our coverage and felt like you were there with us.
Setting trends and leading the pack isn’t something we could do alone. There were so many people that were instrumental in our success at IPCPR. Manufacturers, retailers and even fellow cigar bloggers had a helping hand in getting us access and time to people we’d never interviewed previously or didn’t know anyone at a manufacturer. I would try and name all those who helped but I fear I’d forget to mention some of you and feel like an asshole afterwards. You know who you are, and we thank you.
Many of you asked us when a particular manufacturer was going to be published. While it was a banner year for us with so many videos and so many first time interviews, we sadly didn’t get them all. Even some of the usuals like Oliva, CAO, Alec Bradley or Jesus Fuego we just didn’t get face time with. Sometimes it was as simple as their booths were too busy and the stars never aligned for us. Sometimes we just got ignored. Sometimes we set up appointments only to get stood up. So if we missed your favorite manufacturer it wasn’t done on purpose and as I say every year about my beloved Baltimore Orioles…there is always next year.