SHQ was launched on this day in 2011.
Getting started today is School Q, but May 27 is another important day on the snooker calendar – the anniversary of the SnookerHQ site.
On this day, ten years ago, the very first article was published here and there have been over 3,500 on the site since, making it arguably the most dedicated online resource for snooker-only content. over the past decade.
What started out as a blog has since grown over the years into a more typical news website, and the success of the project is something I’m very proud of.
SnookerHQ gave me the opportunity to combine two of my personal passions: snooker itself, which I have loved since I was a young boy, and journalism, which I studied in college.
Through this site I have been fortunate in the past to have access to behind the scenes media at various snooker tournaments, including the World Championship in Sheffield.
The most memorable moment among many was the press conference when seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry announced his first retirement from the sport at the Crucible Theater in 2012.
I had only been in the snooker scene for a relatively short period of time, so experiencing a huge break-up story like this up close was a real thrill.
But since May 2011, countless snooker stories have been covered on this site and it is impossible to narrow the ones that stand out to just one.
What has generally been a solo project, there have been several guest writers who have contributed special pieces at different times, and to these people I offer my gratitude – especially CrossGuns Snooker Club owner Fin Ruane and player Jonathan Williams, who both helped tremendously in the early years the site was posting a lot of content to the Irish amateur scene.
More recently, the main focus has been on the global game and it has been fascinating to watch the sport develop more and more over the past decade.
Indeed, SnookerHQ also owes Barry Hearn and Jason Ferguson a debt of gratitude, as if it weren’t for hard-working people like them – and of course the players themselves – sport cannot. – not to have come out of the depths of despair. he languished around the 2009/10 campaign, and this website probably never could have thrived.
In a 2020 test for obvious reasons, SnookerHQ drew a record 1.2 million pageviews and then more than 300,000 last month during the 2021 Snooker World Championship alone.
In 2011, I would have been more than happy with 3,000 monthly views, so attracting those kinds of staggering numbers is humbling.
To every reader who has visited SnookerHQ, I offer my sincere appreciation, as this level of success really depends on you and your continued support.
Here are the next ten years of game framing with daily content, news, features, interviews, and quizzes on SnookerHQ.