Six Years

It’s been just over six years now since I began this blog, with a total of 3,623 posts, which averages out to 604 posts per year, not quite two a day.

Some I’ve been proud of and some I haven’t, but I just keep plugging away, even though there’s been times when I feel like making my life a bit simpler and just packing it in.

People disagree with me at times, sometimes I’ve offended (which always bothers me), and I’m hoping there’s been times I’ve made you laugh or at least smiled, and possibly you’ve learned a tidbit or two about the Habs and other teams as well, particularly from the past, that you might not have already known.

I’m not in competition with anyone, there could be a million Habs blog and I wouldn’t mind, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned which has disappointed me a little is that for most of my life I thought that Habs fans held a special bond with each other, kind of a gigantic family, but I’ve learned it’s not the case. Wish it was though.

I carry on, and thanks for joining me.

32 thoughts on “Six Years”

  1. Congratulations, Dennis! You know I’m a big fan of your blog. I started following you in 2008, my, my, where do the years go?

    I love your humor, your style, and have learned a great deal about hockey here. You never offended me and have tolerated my feistiness!

    Keep the posts comin’!

    PS:What do you mean the Habs aren’t one big family?

  2. Thanks Marjo. Sometimes I think there’s a lot of one-upmanship with Habs fans instead of the “us against the rest” idea that I prefer.

  3. Hey Dennis, I follow your write-ups every day, some I comment on and some I don’t .I enjoy all of them as well. I know that if it wasn’t for your blog I would never have gotten to know you and consider you a friend. Keep it up buddy, there is lots of time left…as you said to me at least 55 more years eh.

  4. Dennis, you can try as hard as you can, but it’s impossible to please absolutely everyone. Personally, I certainly have derived a great deal of pleasure – and learned a lot at the same time – by discovering your wonderful blog.

    Bravo Dennis on a job well done.

  5. Congratulations! And every family has it’s member that need to change their name, or in this case, allegiances..

    I find it great to find a place where others live and die with this team, especially living in the South

  6. Mazel Tov, Dennis–please keep up the great work! I’m glad to have found your blog and will continue to enjoy it as long as you keep posting!

  7. Dennis, I get what your saying. I’ve been there. I miss my blog, but there are things I don’t miss. The one-upmanship comes with the territory – sports fans are competitive people. When you blog, you become media, and it can create all kinds of issues with people personalities, jealousies and sensibilities.

    The folks at Habs Inside Out were especially hurtful to me when I first took Eyes On The Prize to SB Nation. Some HIO commenters who were friends of mine were having a tough time communicating in the comments. They were turning over too fast and strangers were trolling in, interrupting them. In an e-mail to one friend, I offered them all (there were five!) a private place in my site’s comments section to communicate with one another, unobstructed. One of those five then sent the e-mail to the boys at HIO, and they posted its contents on their site and accused me of trying to poach their readers. I was basically ambushed by that – never saw it coming! My actions were pretty simple to defend, and the HIO boys were roasted for their comments about me. 99% of people saw things my way. In the end, it placed a bigtime frost between myself and those guys, and all I was trying to do was help a few old-timers out. Stubbs and Boone are guys that I still like today, but from that, I could never see them the same way again. They were never my competition, but somehow, I became theirs?

    But its like anything else that you go through, after some time, you find out who your real friends are.

  8. Interesting, Robert.You’re absolutely right – it can get competitive. But I’m staying back, in the shadows.

  9. Hey Buddy–where else would I get such a great blend of past and present history of my team!! Your style and Humour[WHEN WE WIN}, or heartbreak when we lose— I look forward to reading each day. So keep your chin up , write when you can , and retire sometime AFTER the next Cup. Thanks for letting us ramble on——-!

  10. Congrats on 6 years and here’s to at least 6 more, Dennis.

    I don’t comment here, but I am a regular reader.

    Keep prying out those tidbits for us, will ya? During these trying times, we all need a memory to smile at.

  11. Dennis, this blog is a lot of fun, so I’ll keep reading it (and commenting) as long as you’ll have me!

  12. We may have our ups and downs, but I personally feel close to Habs fans and connect with them on a level I otherwise wouldn’t – because we love our team through thick or thin. So to everyone who comes here: (((((HUGS)))))

  13. Hey Dennis, congrats on 6 years. Was a pleasure to meet you in Montreal a few weeks back. Appreciate your hard work here at the site, always nice to come here and see what neat and interesting things about our Habs that you have dug up.

    CHeers, all the best sir!

  14. Congrats Dennis. It’s never an easy task to put out content regularly and juggle life. The key, if you are not in it for the money, is to enjoy what you are doing.

    I pulled out of EOTP after SBNation put up more content demands, which conflicted with my full time job and family time and ultimately burned out my creative process. Essentially I wasn’t having fun writing there anymore, even after I passed it on to someone else who had the time to contribute to SBN’s needs.

    Shortly after though I ended up starting up something new that I can do on my time, about what I wanted and enjoy it and not be in competition or be worried about page views.

    I remember Boone calling out Robert during that game. I was shocked that he did it during his live blog.

    One thing HIO was good for in it’s early days was promoting Robert’s posts and later mine, Dennis’ and other blog site posts on their stories/live blogs. They were one of the first to recognize the little guy a.k.a the knowledgeable fans.

    It was a good feeling to be recognized by the pros in the media and I still have a lot of new ties with many main stream folk.

    Unfortunately the powers that oversee HIO/The Gazette told Boone, Stubbs etc. to only use “mainstream” links for their main posts.

  15. DK, I think you already know your site is where I go as soon as I get home from elevator paradise. Crummy day or good day your site always brightens my day, congrats on 6 years of brightening all your many followers days!
    Cheers & les Canadiens sont la!!!!

  16. Thank you Christopher. I try to always respond but sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I’m drinking beer and everything I say sounds idiotic.

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