This coming November will mark five years since I began my blog. I thought I’d mention this now in case there’s no hockey in November and everyone is reading cricket and water polo blogs by then.
One of the things I’m most proud of is that in these five years, I’ve never missed a day of posting, and often it’s multiple posts in a day (almost 3000 posts total). It’s been tough at times, especially when the Habs are eliminated early and I try to find things to talk about for more than five months during the summer. But I’ve managed so far. I also have a very understanding wife.
As far as traffic goes. I’ve never mentioned these numbers before but I thought that just once I would as I near this personal milestone. I’ve reached nearly 750,000 page views during this five-year stretch. In winter, when hockey is in full swing, I usually receive from 700-900 per day, often it hovers around 1000 (my best day was 1599), but in the dog days of summer it drops off to around 300. These are also pure hits, from readers around the world reading select pages. I can go into the guts of this site and see the cities and countries of folks who visit, and actual pages read, and it’s all quite fascinating.
I don’t get a ton of comments, but even in this the numbers are surprising. Over the five years, some 22,000 comments have been logged, although I must admit, many are from me replying back to others. Regardless, I’m happy with the way everything has gone, but I encourage others to have their say now and again. You’re treated with respect and dignity here.
Thanks to everyone who comes here. You’ve been great – fantastic in fact, and I hope you stick around for awhile more. Some of you have been here pretty well from the beginning, and a very special thanks goes out to you. And to everyone, old and new, I’m so very appreciative. I just keep trying to do the best I can and the reward is seeing the traffic and the great comments.
This was my very first post, from Nov. 15, 2007 –
When Things Get Going
Last year at this time, after 17 games, Montreal’s record was a blistering 10-4-3. And not only that, they went on to win the next five out of six games. I was worried management might neglect to plan the Stanley Cup parade down Ste. Catherines past the old Forum.
They carried on into December and by late in the month, their record was a quite lovely 22-9-5. Fans at the Bell Centre were singing that nauseous song far too often. After that, though, with the help of three separate six game losing steaks, they ended up not making the playoffs.
This year, after 17 games, lo and behold, the team is 10-4-3, exactly the same as last year. Fans are singing that obnoxious song again. But will the team fall apart again? Nope. Because instead of David Aebisher in goal, there is Carey Price. As young as he is, he’s going to lead this team to the promised land. (The Forum ghosts, whom I talk to, told me this). And when this happens, the sky will open, the sun will shine, and Montreal fans who have stuck with the mediocrity for so long will wake from their slumber and smile, and Daniel Briere will kick himself in the nuts and have nightmares for the rest of his life.