We just wanted to post a reminder that tomorrow we will have a reader Q&A, so you can send us questions today on twitter, email, or at the bottom of this post. Also, Justin will be back tomorrow hosting his weekly chat at 3pm. Be sure to stop by!
Category: Administrative Stuff
I teased on Twitter yesterday that we had a big surprise for today. And the big surprise is that we have made a solid and unexpected addition to our writing staff here at BSB. Kevin Baumer reached out to me and expressed interest in joining BSB, and we were very quick to say yes. To have someone of Kevin’s knowledge on the staff is a tremendous asset.
For those that are unfamiliar with Kevin, he used to write for Blueshirt Bulletin. He left BB last year and went to Hockey Prospect where he contributes regularly. He is a great writer and really fits into the mold here at BSB of “think first.”
You should all be following Kevin on Twitter, and make sure to welcome him on board. I’m sure you’re going to love his writing and insight.
First and foremost, we here would like to thank you for the continued support through the past three years and this season. Our traffic grew by about 400% from this point last year, and we are eternally grateful for every fan of the blog. We will continue to bring you our best writing, writing that we think is the best among all the blogs out there.
The offseason is no different. There are a lot of things to look forward to including the draft and free agency, and we will be here covering all of it.
In the coming days, we will be writing our final reviews of the players for this season. Following that, we will review the free agency status of players on the roster, review potential draft targets, and cover the draft and free agency from start to finish. There are other ideas we have up our sleeves, but you will have to keep coming back to find out what they are.
We have a big announcement coming tomorrow that will hopefully get you as excited for the future of this blog as I am. In the later months of the offseason, we will have a few surprises coming, and maybe a giveaway or two. But you will have to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and here in order to be fully informed.
In case you are reading a post like this for the first time, here’s the best way to follow us on the web:
Twitter (Justin has no Twitter, feel free to harass him):
We will have specific giveaways that we will announce via our Facebook page. Make sure to Like us there.
For our RSS readers, be sure to subscribe to our feed here.
As always, we welcome everyone here to email us with topics you want us to discuss. As the offseason progresses, we will be doing more mailbags and Twit-bags to answer any questions directed at us.
Hey there BSB faithful, the staff here just wanted to take a minute to bring you guys and gals up to speed on the commenting guidelines for the site. We will be dedicating a spot shortly as a reference to these policies, but for right now, we wanted to run a post so everyone is on the same page.
We value everyone’s comments and contributions to the BSB community and want to make sure everyone’s comments are added to the posts. We don’t moderate comments as you post them, but do reserve the right to edit or remove offensive, inflammatory or derogatory remarks. There is also an automatic filter that catches comments containing the f-bomb.
In recent weeks, we have had several commenters’ posts caught in the filter due to the inclusion of hyperlinks. Our software has a built in filter for spamming sites and the like to keep virus-ridden hyperlinks out of the comments section. Unfortunately, this is not a feature we can turn off and this is not the type of content the filter has caught recently. We enjoy and encourage you folks to send us links to informative sites, which either shed light on an issue that is being discussed, disputes erroneous information, or just simply educates our readership on this great game of ours’. To avoid having your link caught in the filter, send us a quick email letting us know you are posting a link so we can manually approve the comment or just email the link and we will post it for you (with a stick tap for your contribution, obviously).
We are always looking for ways to improve the blog experience for you, our valued readers, and we don’t want to see your comments caught in the filter when they are adding quality substance to our discussions. Please feel free to email us with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Thanks again for reading,
The BSB Staff
Just a reminder that Justin will be hosting a live chat today at noon. Come with questions, he will have the answers.
This post is non-hockey related. This post is about a few milestones we accomplished last month and today in terms of hits on this website.
A note about page views vs. hits: page views are counted each time a person clicks a post, tag, category, or any page we have linked here. For example, if you were to come to the site (1), click a post to comment (2), finish posting the comment (3), then click the salary cap page (4), then go back to the home page (5), then the stats would show five page views.
We emphasize website hits, where only the initial visit is counted. We do this because it shows how many different people come to the site on a daily basis.
Where am I going with all this?
Well, in December, we crossed the 100,000 hits (not page views) mark for the month. It is the first time we here at BSB hit 100,000 hits in a month.
By the time this post is published, the blog will also have crossed the 1,000,000 hits mark (again, not page views, hits). We did this in about three years.
The hits are a testament to all of you who continually read our ramblings, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends. You have all been tremendous supporters of the blog, and from all of us here at BSB, we thank you for the past, present and future support.
Big thanks to Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues, who helped get the word out about this little sliver of internet space three years ago. A good majority of our original readers came from Mike’s links from RAB. So thank you, Mike.
Ice Hockey in Harlem, a non-profit organization that teaches hockey to young kids in Harlem, sent us this email about their annual Rangers-sponsored auction. Definitely worth checking out
Save The DateFebruary 3, 2012Planet Hollywood Times Square6:30pm-9:30pmIce Hockey in Harlem is a nonprofit organization focused on the social and
academic well being of children from the Harlem community. Through
participation in ice hockey, students from the ages of 4 to 16 learn the
fundamentals of the game while gaining a greater understanding of team sports
and the importance of an active lifestyle. Ice Hockey In Harlem provides
inspiration, encouragement and guidance to children that allows for
better life experiences, educational improvements and career opportunities.
IHIH’s Winter Sports Auction brings together friends, members of the New
York Rangers and Rangers alumni for an evening of fun and auction shopping in
support of our kids. Since 1987, Ice Hockey In Harlem has enriched the lives
of thousands of boys and girls from the Harlem community. It is anticipated that
we will serve 200+ boys and girls from Harlem in the coming year. The auction
raises much needed funding for our programs so that we can ensure every
student has a meaningful experience.
For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact: email@example.com
Last month, we partnered with ticket distributor TiqIQ to help BSB readers easily access tickets to any game they might want to attend. Right now, TiqIQ is running a contest for all of the blogs in their New York Rangers network to potentially win tickets to a Rangers game in 2012. Here are the details:
We are giving away a pair of tickets to a New York Rangers game to the contestant with the closest prediction. If you’d like to have your readers participate, please post the attached image, as well as the below details and rules on your Facebook wall or on your site. Thanks you for your participation and I hope you enjoyed your holidays!
Here’s how to enter:
- Like TiqIQ on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/TiqIQ/
- Predict who will score the 1st goal in the Winter Classic, the time of the goal, and the final score.
- Closest guess wins 2 tickets to a Rangers game in 2012!
- All entries must be submitted by the time the puck drops on 1/2, and the winner will be announced by 1/9
On December 3, 2008, the URL www.blueseatblogs.com was purchased, and this blog began. In three short years, we have grown from just myself writing to about 100 hits a day, to a team of great writers that has the opportunity to have their posts read by over 3,000 people per day. The blog runs like clockwork, and I have to thank Chris and Suit for being there to help me out with the upkeep.
It’s funny, because we are so busy with our jobs, personal lives, and social lives that all of us forgot that on Saturday was the third “birthday” of this blog. In the past year, we’ve signed on with YardBarker, which has been tremendous in getting our stuff syndicated with NHL.com, and MSN.com. We signed up for syndication with Before It’s News, which has been great in getting our stuff out to Google and the other search engines. Since signing on with BIN, our traffic from search engines has more than quadrupled.
Our traffic increased by 100% from this time last year to now, which speaks volumes of all of you. Not only do you all keep coming back to read the ramblings of the three of us, but you tell your friends to read, and for that we are forever thankful. You guys are the best readers, and it’s great to see some of the comments evolve from “WTF?!?!” to “Wow, that’s a great point.” Some of our posts are ideas that we get from some conversations had in the comments or on Twitter, and for that, we say thank you. Thank you for reading our stuff, and then for spreading it around the interwebs, specifically the hockey systems posts.
Our goal here has always been to have fun with the blog, but we also aim to educate on hockey systems, the business of the game, and remaining level-headed. In my (not-so) humble opinion, I think that we here have the best writers for just that. I know that Chris and Suit are incredibly knowledgeable, and really know both the game and the subtleties of the behind the scenes action. Very rarely do our emotions get the best of us, even if we are fans and have grown to like specific players (my Prucha jersey still gets worn to games).
So here’s to another three years, and then some more. Thank you all for supporting us.
We here at BSB love our followers, regulars, and those that contribute to make this blog what it is today. We grew from nothing into a respected blog with some of the best followers out there. As a way to give back to you guys for the unwavering support, we wanted to offer up the ability to write guest posts over the weekends. It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who has made this blog what it is.
So, if you are interested in participating in guest posts, let us know here. Post a comment saying you’re interested, and use your real email address when posting. You don’t need to post the email address, we can pull it from the admin page.
Again, thank you all for being a part of this blog. Without you all, this is just a boring website.