by Tony on 07/18/11 at 12:41 AM ET
Now that we’re in the summer doldrums, awaiting the start of training camp, I’ve had lots of time to think things through.
And so it’s after a lot of thought that I’ve made a decision:
I’m stepping down.
Why? Well, let’s start with the reason why I’m
stepping down. My stopping of The Confluence has absolutely nothing to do with Paul, Kukla’s Korner, Abel to Yzerman, George Malik, or anything else Red Wings-related on this website. Those guys have been great colleagues and I’m happy to call them friends, and will continue to do that.
When I started The Confluence blog on Blogspot five years ago, it was out of a passion for Pittsburgh Sports. Originally, it was a blog for not only the Penguins, but the Pirates and Steelers as well. It eventually narrowed down to solely a Penguins blog, but to me, at the time, the new fad of blogging gave me an outlet to talk about my favorite teams with people that (mostly) agreed with what I discussing. If I was pissed off about something, hell, I just jotted it down. Conversely, if there was good news to discuss, I did that as well.
But blogging by yourself year after year takes a renewed passion, it takes continuous energy. There are some times when blog articles basically write themselves. The Penguins Stanley Cup year of 2009 was like that. The Pens kept rolling along, and it was quite easy to put a decent post together. But in all honesty, quite frankly those are things that I just don’t have anymore. At least if you want to do a decent job and you don’t want to cheat your readers. If you’ve been reading the blog over the past year, you’ve read where I’ve had long writer’s slumps. Well, that’s gone on for a year now, and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.
So that’s the primary reason.
But I would also like to say something about the “State of Blogging” as well. In my view, bloggers in the last couple of years have slowly but surely separated themselves from their readership with a conceited attitude like they’re “above” normal fans. Not just hockey bloggers, and not just Pittsburgh bloggers, but those two categories are most definitely included. Not all, but many. Why? Well, I think Twitter has certainly exacerbated the attitude. Read your Twitter feeds, regardless of what pro season it is. It’s full of statements from bloggers, not beat writers, such as “As I expected Player X is on the fourth line” or “Player X WILL NOT be traded”. Huh? You’re a frickin’ blogger, bro, nothing more.
OK, off my soapbox.
So what’s next? Right now, I have no idea. I’ll talk with some of my blogging buddies to get their input. Maybe a guest spot here or there. May not be strictly hockey anymore, who knows.
I’ll still be on Twitter (@TheConfluence).
Thanks to my regular readership. I realize it hasn’t been easy reading a Penguins blog on a website with 37 Red Wings blogs, I truly appreciate your loyalty.
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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.
I am blogger- credentialed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. My posts are regularly linked by hockey websites such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy, and I’ve done numerous guest blogger spots on such websites asthe New YorkTimes. I am a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.
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