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Welcome Team Penaltykill - 2009-2010

Penaltykill Net I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome everyone who has joined The .Net for the 2009-2010 NHL season. I appreciate everyone’s contributions and hope you find penaltykill.net an easy forum for you to express your opinions. I also wanted to pass along a little history about the site and the lessons learned about blogging discovered after completing our rookie season last year.

As a newer hockey fan I found myself frustrated with the lack of passionate, fanatical reporting abundant with all the other major sports. I considered starting this blog after a local sports writer demonstrated an inability to understand what it means to be a sports fan, and more so when I found myself with absolutely no forum for rebuttal. I launched the site with one mission - “Promote hockey through independent reporting in an environment free of defamatory remarks. By hockey fans, for hockey fans.” As a longtime NFL fan, I find myself growing tired of the bravado and ego taking over the sport (Michael Crabtree wants WHAT?!?!). I always appreciated the relative level of humilty and team focus present in hockey, and wanted to launch a blog reflecting the same.

Since I am employed by a technology company working with hundreds of bloggers every day, I wanted to do some research before I started this project. The number one thing I read was to be prepared and moderate my expectations. It’s not that easy to write something meaningful on a regular basis - no matter how passionate you are about an given topic. Turns out that piece of information is Truth #1 - of all the bloggers who contributed to the site last year, only 3 made it to the end - myself, duxrox and pittpen. Duxrox is an absolute fan when it comes to the Ducks, and pittpen never ran out of things to write since his team never lost. If it’s this hard to write about my team on a regular basis, can you imagine how hard it is to actually PLAY the game on a regular basis? This project has given me a better sense of appreciation for the effort both on and off the ice by all those associated with the sport.

My original concept for the site was to open it up to self regisration and let anyone start blogging about any team they wanted. The problem was that, in order to maintain the look and feel of the site, there were some technical issues I needed to work out. I also learned, from my experience at work, that it was best to put as few roadblocks between a person and their ideas as possible. Hence everyone who blogs here simply emails me their thoughts and I post it for them. The last thing you want to have happen is you lose your train of thought not because you’re out of ideas but because you can’t get a paragraph to format correctly.

I also have absolutely no expectation of making any money from this site. Even though we have ads, since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season we have yet to make enough money to pay for one month’s hosting. If anything, I use the ad impression reports as a tool to find out what pages people are reading more than a revenue source.

Going to any lengths to keep The .Net running, I bought a laptop last year that I could take with me when I traveled. For those of you who remember, last season I used to update the day’s hockey schedule followed but the scores on a daily basis. It took me over 6 hours to manually pre-enter the entire sesason’s schedule, then spend some time each night updating the scores at the end of the day. Everywhere I traveled I had to make sure there was internet access, and for the places where there wasn’t, I jailbroke my iPhone specifically so I could tether to the internet and update the site. I stopped that for this season - people can get scores anywhere…

Keeping with my mission, everyone has a voice on The .Net as long as that voice remains positive and constructive. My experience has been that sometimes I find inspiration in the writing of others, and I think this year we have quite the diversity that I hope will help spawn great commentary. We’ve added more women bloggers this year and in addition to our Canandian contributors, we’ve expanded our reach across The Pond to the UK (thanks to the efforts of canucklehead).

I hope all of you have a great time writing this season, please know that I appreciate the time everyone takes to contribute and know that I’m doing everything I can to keep The .Net as active a community as possible.

The Ref

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4 comments for “Welcome Team Penaltykill - 2009-2010”

  1. Thanks for the mention I appreciate it!

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | October 19, 2009, 11:11 am
  2. So great! Glad to be a small part of your site and one of the “women bloggers”!

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | October 19, 2009, 8:02 pm
  3. This site certainly has grown and it is awesome to watch it. I find it so much easier to keep up with teams that I do not read about on a regular basis. Let’s keep up the good work and thanks to “The Ref” for all of his hard work. Let’s face it…he’s got the hardest job of all.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | October 20, 2009, 6:43 am
  4. couldn’t have said it better than pittpen!!!

    Posted by DUXROXNo Gravatar | October 25, 2009, 7:51 pm

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