Sorry for the down/inactive time folks. It appears that the migration is complete enough so that we can actually have content on the site. When this is all said and done (probably around tomorrow morning), we should have all functionality back. The pictures for the posts seem to be taking the longest, and there are a few other kinks I’ll need to work out on my end.
Hopefully this speeds up the whole BSB experience, especially in the comments. We had some issues with load times posting comments. So that should be resolved with the move to the new server. Thanks for the patience folks.
As we noted this afternoon, the blog will be down starting at noon tomorrow for a server upgrade. The goal breakdown of tonight’s game will post at 7am tomorrow, and then we will have a post at noon on Thursday when the blog is back up. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the upgrade is necessary to make the blog run a little smoother and much faster.
After the debacle that occurred with blog stability during the trade deadline, I went ahead and upgraded the server to be able to withstand the bandwidth that comes with an ever growing readership*. Due to the server upgrade, we will need to close down the original account and move to the new host plan, which will require 24 hours (max) of down time. The down time will start tomorrow at noon and end Thursday at noon.
We will have a goal breakdown from tonight’s game running tomorrow morning. We will be back up in time for the game on Thursday as well.
*-Seriously, thank you all for the continued support. We’ve been growing at over 100% page views per year, and we wouldn’t need this upgrade if it weren’t for you guys. We will keep delivering the quality content that you keep coming back for, and once this is done the commenting section should load a lot faster.
It wasn’t until late yesterday that I realized it was December 3rd, so suffice it to say it was a long day. But when I actually realized what day it was, I had one of those “oh crap” moments. It was a good “oh crap” moment, because I realized that the blog turned five years old yesterday. It’s amazing how fast time flies.
It was five years ago yesterday when my good friend Becky told me that I should start a blog. There weren’t many readable blogs at that point (maybe a handful), mostly because hockey wasn’t as popular as the other sports, so I decided to go for it. I reached out to friend of the blog Mike Axisa (of River Ave Blues) for advice on how to get things rolling. He was even kind enough to promote BSB on RAB (hooray three letter acronyms) a few times to get the word out, and to help write here to get the blog moving along.
In those times, I was happy to cross 100 hits per day. If I got a comment on a post I almost wet myself. I remember the first time I crossed 500 hits, and it was when Mike posted the first link to BSB in an RAB open thread. I had a celebratory beverage.
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In case you missed it, two lucky BSB readers were provided with a pair of tickets to the 11/29 game in Boston and a pair of tickets for a tour of the NBC production truck prior to the game. It was part of a giveaway, sponsored by Discover, that we were very happy to be a part of. Our winners wrote a recap of their experiences below. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. We hope to run more of these in the future.
The Thanksgiving Showdown was awesome minus the Rangers losing. We started with a quick little tour of the NBC Production truck. There we saw the control room with all the different cameras NBC has access to and where the producer would switch to the different cameras in different situations. It was also cool cause we saw a guy in the corner who was working on all of the templates for the score and game clock that shows up in the corner of the tv and then there was another person updating the leading scorers template that would show up during the broadcast. It was really cramped in that truck and I imagine it gets pretty heated while the game is going on.
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Some of the feedback we have received over the past few weeks has been a desire to see some more league coverage, as well as seeing a female writer. While adding a new writer was never really an immediate plan, adding more league coverage was something we had wanted to pursue for some time now. Luckily, we had someone around all along that not only was instrumental in the founding of the blog, but probably watches more non-Ranger hockey than all five of us combined.
For those that are unfamiliar with the original story of how this blog was founded, one of my closest friends for the past decade recommended that I start writing in December of 2008. Five years later, this blog has grown to add four great writers, and is one of the top Ranger blogs out there today (in my humble opinion).
That close friend, Becky (@bhabs37), will be the one joining us going forward. For now, she will be starting with Around the NHL posts (first one up tomorrow). Becky has always been an honorary writer here, chiming in with a few guest posts every now and then. It seemed fitting that we bring her on for a weekly post. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.
We all would like to thank you for entering the ticket giveaway contest for the 11/29 game in Boston. We got a lot of great entries and stories about how the Rangers first came into your lives. We are very grateful for every person that comes here, reads the blog, and discusses the Rangers in the comments.
I’m not going to post full contact information of our winners here (duh), but our winners are Matt and Jared, and I have reached out to you both regarding next steps. You will both be contacted soon (not by me) for how to collect your tickets. Details are in your emails.
Again, thank you all for entering. I apologize for not being able to reach out to each entrant, but rest assured each entry was read and discussed. It was our pleasure to be able to give away four tickets to this game, and I wish we could have given tickets to all of you. We hope that we have many more opportunities to give back like this again.
This is just a reminder to get your submissions to me (email on the right) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 11/29 game in Boston. You can see all the details here, but I must reiterate that you should only submit an entry if you can actually go to the game.
Discover was kind enough to provide some interesting stats regarding watching hockey versus going shopping on Black Friday:
If hockey fans were forced to choose between shopping on Black Friday or watching the Discover-NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, 73 percent would watch the game, according to new data released by Discover. Just 11 percent would go shopping and 9 percent would record the game while they shop. Even more surprising, 48 percent of hockey fans would choose to see their favorite team play its biggest rival live and miss Thanksgiving dinner—if such a game was happening on Turkey Day. Thirteen percent would even move Thanksgiving dinner to the next day to accommodate their fandom.
Entries must be submitted by midnight tonight.
As a part of the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which will have the Rangers and the Bruins kick off NBC’s national NHL coverage for the season on Friday 11/29, I was contacted to do a bit of promo. Usually I don’t do this kind of stuff, but they are giving me two separate pairs of tickets to giveaway to you folks. I have to admit, that’s kind of awesome, especially when both pairs will also include a pair of tickets for a behind-the-scenes tour of the NBC production truck before the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Technically one pair of tickets was for me, but I can’t get to Boston for the game, so I’m giving those tickets away as well.
For the ticket giveaway, I’m going to create a little contest. You will need to email me (link at the side) a quick paragraph or two (I don’t like to read, keep it short, get to the point) about how you became a Rangers fan, how you heard about the blog, what you like about the blog, and what you hate about the blog (if you say nothing here, I know you’re lying, because I’m kind of arrogant. Same with Suit. Just being honest). Entries must be received by this Sunday, 11/24. Only enter if you can actually go to the game, which is Friday 11/29.
The entries will be circulated to all five of us here at BSB (names/emails will be removed so we can make an impartial decision), and we will pick two winners to receive a pair of tickets to the game and a pair of tickets to the production truck tour. I’m going to ask that the winners provide me with a quick summary of their experience at the game afterwards, as a part of the agreement with Discover.
I have to include the below disclaimer for legal reasons. I did the promo to give back to you guys for sticking with us for five years, not for the “payment” provided.
I am a paid brand Blogger for Discover Products Inc. My views are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Discover Products Inc. and its affiliates.
We here at Blue Seat Blogs are proud to announce our partnership with NY Believe for the upcoming season. NY Believe (company Twitter here) is a New York sports apparel company run by two lovely ladies, Jenny/Rebel Princess and Stefanie, that specializes in sports apparel for all nine local sports teams. They already have some great options available for the Rangers, Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets.
What does this mean for the blog? Well, you’ll be seeing an ad from NY Believe in the top right corner to start. Be sure to check out all the options they have to offer. Also throughout the year, we will be working together to bring you some special offers and events. Be sure to follow Jenny, Stefanie, and Amber on Twitter so you don’t miss these.
We here look forward to entering this venture with NY Believe. Be sure to check out their website and options available, and follow them on Twitter for apparel updates.