I’m usually against drastic changes people try to bring about as New Year’s resolutions. I don’t understand what kind of effect a calendar flip has on you as a person. If it’s really that important, it shouldn’t have to wait. However, there is one change on the site worth noting.
It’s Always Game Seven is sporting a new banner for 2011.
It was designed for me by Rich, who covers the Canisius College hockey team for The Griffin and blogs about them here. His blog has a nice banner on it as well. All the credit has to go to him. I offered a few suggestions, but he did all the work.
Especially after a Sabres game like last night’s, I want to reiterate that I am not in any way a Bruins fan. I’m a defenseman, and growing up, Bobby Orr was my idol. I always wore number four, and it’s the reason I have t-shirts like this in my drawers.
The only thing harder than naming my site was finding a picture I liked to use across the top. Some blogs have some really nice banners across the top, but to be honest I don’t know how to make something like that.
I looked around for pictures of people giving a great effort, but a lot of them looked pretty lame. Even after I found a few I liked, fitting them into such an awkwardly long rectangle was another obstacle to deal with.
Half the reason I decided on using Bobby Orr was because he is already horizontal, meaning I wouldn’t have to crop as much of the picture out (seriously). I messed around in Microsoft Paint for a while and finally made it wide enough to get him in the shot, and I was willing to give up some blank space on the sides.
I don’t know if anyone ever noticed (if you did, I never heard about it), but the picture of Bobby really wasn’t even centered on the page. It looked fine because of the sidebar, but it was a good half-inch off. I think those are centimeters actually but you get the point.
See? Told you. But now I won’t have that problem anymore.
I check the site stats everyday, so I know someone out there is reading my stuff. I had over 6,000 hits last year, and December marked the third consecutive month with over 1,000 pageviews (and I’d say I only account for about half of those). I don’t have any idea how that compares to other blogs, but I don’t really care. I love what I do and I’d keep posting even if no one read it.
If I didn’t know better I wouldn’t think anybody reads this, but the stats tell me otherwise (apparently I have readers… awesome!). That’s about the biggest compliment a writer can get. Journalism is a tough field to go into, but (I’d like to think) I’m figuring things out here. Either way, I’m better for it.
I love hearing the things people tell me about my writing and about this site, but I’m open to criticism too. I know I still have a long way to go, and if you think there’s a way I could do something better, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Pick up a copy of The Griffin sometime and let me know what you think. If that’s not practical for you, I can mail you one, or you can read us online. The website is still a work in progress, but it’s getting better.
Is this a corny post? Maybe. But I have a cool new banner.
Again, thanks for reading, and I hope you like what you see. Coming back would be great, too. One thing I do want to do more this year is link to more things. There are plenty of other great sites/blogs out there that might know more than I do. If you don’t blog but are interested in writing a guest post sometime, let me know. No promises, but we could probably work something out.
That’s all I have. Go Sabres, go Bills, go Yankees, go Griffs and go Team USA. Here’s to a great 2011.