PenaltyKill.Net: Season 1
When I started this blog I bought a few books on the subject to get some insight into just what it was I was getting myself into. Of everything I read I remember just two things. The first is that it takes about 30 months for a blog to really develop an audience. The second is that many people underestimate the effort involved in blogging on any kind of regular schedule, let alone every day. We still have a few years to see if the 30 month thing is true, but I can tell you that it does indeed take quite a lot of energy to write on any kind of regular basis. I thought that since I was passionate (read: obsessed) about the San Jose Sharks that the words would come easily, but there were many times where I stared at a blank screen with absolutely nothing to say.
Over the course of the first season we managed to post 375 pages of content. Almost half of those were the daily schedule and scores which took me 6 hours to manually enter (half before the season started, the other half after Christmas), one for each of the 182 game days in the 2008-2009 NHL regular season schedule. I queued them all up in advance, then at the end of every day I would update the day’s results. To maintain those scores I purchased a laptop to take with me when I traveled, researched wireless options at all my destinations and even jailbroke my iPhone so I could tether it to the internet when I went to places with no access whatsoever. We managed to find some loyal readers along the way, including regular color commentary by “Son of OT” and “FC Sharks Fan”. The site sometimes averaged up to 100 unique visitors a day which, with no advertising whatsoever, isn’t too bad. My statistics show that we have some readers who’ve subscribed to our RSS feed so if you’re reading this in your reader – thank you!
One of our finer achievements – getting a link to The .Net on the home page of the Official Detroit Red Wings Blog (I don’t know how we got there, but we did!).
I personally wrote approximately 82 posts on the Sharks, translating into almost one post every other day over the course of the 6 month regular season. I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to our cause, PittPen (Pittsburgh Penguins), The Old Timer (Vancouver Canucks), CapsFan (Washington Capitals), AJ (New York Islanders/New York Rangers), DuxRox (Anaheim Ducks), MeanE (Boston Bruins) and Sharks247 (San Jose Sharks). I want to thank you all for time and effort and I look forward to writing with you again!
So – got any trade rumors?!