On December 3, 2008, I dove head first into this blogging thing. Becky and I were chatting about how there were no good reads out there aside from Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report. My Rangers readings were limited and either depressing or infrequent. So I did the requisite research. I bought a domain name. I bought hosting space. And Blue Seat Blogs was born.
Now ten years later, this blog is the longest running Rangers blog that still exists today (Banter came after me, don’t even start, Joe!). At first it was just me, writing on a whim with no schedule. Posts were daily, but they didn’t get much traffic.
Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues really gave me my first jolt of publicity, posting a link to the blog from RAB on more than a few occasions. He also penned a few posts here as the blog was growing. I will never forget that first link he posted, and traffic surged to over 500 views that day, and most of them stuck around. I almost fell out of my chair. So, thank you Mike for everything.
That initial surge of views led to steady growth. About a year into blogging, I needed some help. That’s when we grew to three full time writers – myself, Jeremy, and Chris. Jeremy was here for a year or two, but Chris has been with me for almost eight of those years. Chris has since “retired” from blogging. Thank you to both of you for helping us get to that next level.
Somewhere along the way, The Suit reached out and wanted to join as well. Justin not long thereafter. Right around then, the blog completely blew up. We were all of a sudden one of the most visited blogs. We were pumping out 2-3 unique posts per day, in addition to all the game threads, news, and goal breakdowns. Suit is going to take credit for that, because that’s what non-sentient pieces of clothing do. But it was a testament to the hard work of everyone here, and to all of you for the support given us through the years.
Both Suit and Justin have also retired. Again, thank you both for everything.
Since then, we’ve been chugging along. Becky came on board to write. Along came Rob and Pat as well. Kevin Baumer came on board when NYRBlog shut down the first time. Josh and Rob Luker followed. A few other folks came and went, but their posts were great content. We’ve been blessed with great writers who love this little hobby of ours.
Despite where work and real life has taken us, this blog has been a constant, and that is not because of the writers, it is because of all of you. All the discussion here and on social media shows how invested we all are in the Rangers, and how this space has provided a forum for great discussions. That’s the beauty of the internet and spaces like this. People from all over can converge in one central location and just talk hockey. We’ve formed a great community here.
It’s been ten amazing years, and it seems fitting that the Rangers are going through a complete rebuild as we enter the next ten years. This blog isn’t going anywhere. Thank you all for the support. Without you, this space doesn’t exist."Thanks for ten years, here's to ten more",