In 2015, Joe Johnson created Purple PTSD to express his passion for the Vikings through his writing. Foremost among Joe’s priorities was being able to create an online arena for others to participate in a Vikings community. He thus proceeded by articulating his unique enthusiasm for everyone’s favorite purple team as he invited people to share their own perspectives.
For a while, things were modest at Purple PTSD, as he acknowledged: “I started this network back in 2015 as a hobby and glorified Facebook account. I never imagined that that site… I’ll explain it this way. I’d check the traffic each day and see that about 10-15 people read my stuff, or so I thought. I found out that most of those clicks were bots from search engines, and me.”
Joe continued to work. He then worked a little more, eventually getting the site to the point where it became one of the preeminent spots for Vikings coverage. Joe’s passion and work ethic were integral to his success. You can read more about all that he did in those early days on Purple PTSD.
During the summer of 2021, we received the heartbreaking news that Joe passed away.
Not too long afterwards, Joe’s family took over ownership of the sites he either started or bought. Dustin Baker was brought on to be the managing editor at Vikings Territory; K. Joudry took on the same role at Purple PTSD. Both sites have continued to grow. A normal month involves several hundred thousand readers at each spot.
The goal for Purple PTSD is to offer first-rate, unique coverage of your Minnesota Vikings. There are plenty of Vikings sites out there, but there’s an originality and energy behind what Joe started. Our aim is to continue pursuing his vision by cultivating a great spot for readers to settle in for their Vikings coverage.
We heartily encourage you to make Purple PTSD your go-to spot for Minnesota Vikings coverage. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Follow our writers. Set the site as your home page. Above all, keep cheering for those Vikings.
Someday, they’ll break through to final win one. Joe would have been thrilled.
Mike & Stef Woldum
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