Monday, June 13, 2016

Four Years of Vikings Corner

Vikings Corner turns 4 years old today and Daniel House shares the story of his website from its beginning days. 

Updated: June 13th, 2016 2:11pm

By: Daniel House

Four years ago today, Vikings Corner became a reality. June 13th, 2012 is certainly a day I won’t forget.

At the time, I was a young 15-year-old who had a goal. I wanted to write and share stories about the Minnesota Vikings on a website. After encouragement from teachers in high school, I decided to create a website during the summer of my freshman year. I didn’t exactly know where this website would take me. With hard work, the support of readers, and an attention to detail, I made Vikings Corner bigger than I ever envisioned. I’ve covered events, interviewed players, and talked with a countless number of personnel across the NFL. Three years later, I would decide to pursue a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota. Vikings Corner and the experiences I had confirmed this is the career I would like to have in the future.

At first, it was just a way for me to share my analysis and ideas with family and friends. I continually worked to improve my writing skills and extended my reach on Twitter. I connected with thousands of fans and Vikings Corner quickly became a community. I realized that my writing could not just touch those I knew, but it had the chance to extend globally into thousands of homes. I covered the team at training camp as a credentialed media member for two days as a 15-year-old. I rubbed elbows with some elite sports writers and interviewed Vikings players. At that moment, I instantly knew sports journalism was the career path I wanted to take. I can’t thank the Minnesota Vikings enough for believing in a young man who had limited experience. They never looked at me any differently and gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream. After that first year in Mankato, I was back for the next three. Every year my coverage grew and I spent more time at training camp. I provided coverage to all of you, while having the chance to improve my craft. Those days are certainly moments I’m thankful for and won’t forget for the rest of my life.

I have done features with prospects from the Priority Sports agency, interviewed a countless number of Vikings players, partnered with team foundations, and worked to promote a 30-for-30 series with ESPN. Not to mention, I covered the NFL Draft at Winter Park this year. In the last four years, I had so many opportunities because of your continued interest in my content. I work every day to provide you with the best possible analysis and stories about your favorite team. I can’t thank you enough for your interest in these posts. What’s more, it’s important to thank anyone who has helped make this website a reality, including all of the mentors who have given me advice along the way. I've had so many conversations with writers who provided me with words of encouragement and it is impossible to thank all of you at once. You know who you are. Your advice definitely played a role in making this day a reality.

I can’t wait to continue my work as training camp begins next month. I’ll have the same coverage you are accustomed to, but developed new ideas to make my content even better.

Again, thank you for fueling my passion at such a young age. All of you have made a subtle impact on my growth. It’s hard to believe it has already been four years. So much has changed in that period of time!

This is only the beginning and I look forward to continuing our interactions in the future.

All the best,

P.S.: I have compiled some of my favorite stories below from the history of Vikings Corner for your reading pleasure!

2014 Vikings Roster Analysis 
Dres Anderson/Mike Hull Draft Diaries 
Small-Town Roots Lester Bagley Inducted into BASD Hall of Fame
U.S. Bank Stadium: A Total Fan Experience 
Complete 2015 Vikings Positional Previews 
Training Camp Notebook Example 
Chad Greenway Has One Vision -- To Help Others 
A Granddaughter’s Long-Awaited Hall of Fame Smile 
2015 Vikings 53-Man Roster Analysis 
Perfection Fuels Gerald Hodges' Football Engine 
Mike Zimmer has brought a winning culture back to Minnesota 
Notebook: Vikings win in Green Bay, are NFC North Champions 
Vikings vs. Seahawks NFC Wild Card Preview
A Minnesota Vikings Off-Season Plan 
University of Minnesota Pro Day Recap 
David Morgan Draft Diary 
2016 NFL Mock Draft 
Jason Fanaika Draft Diary 
Work Ethic Drives Vikings Second Round Pick Mackensie Alexander 
Continuity vs. Competition: A New Vikings Offensive Line Philosophy 
Laquon Treadwell's Fit in the Offense


  1. Enjoyed the history, and glad to see there's more to read. Thanks, and keep up your good work.

    1. Thanks for reading, Gregory! I appreciate your continued support.