Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Years' Resolutions for 2013

This past year has been one of frustration and disappointments. I hate to say it, but speaking in personal terms, Twenty-Twelve served up more negatives than positives. In a lot of ways, I'm glad to see it go.

Due to the changing nature of the the blogisphere and in my private life, I can no longer keep up with this blog the way I want to. I know this has cost me dearly, but with a greater effort (and loads more confidence), I can get back to building this blog back to where it was all along.

    What I Learned in 2012
  • Hockey fans are the most passionate fans on the internet. We, the fans, maintain a strong appeal in the internet and social media.
  • The anti-Bettman sentiment is also very very strong on the internet. Sure, the players are likable, but NHL managers aren't the ones totally to blame for this lockout.
  • Other hockey leagues experienced a mini-rebirth and ticket sales reportedly grew in areas.
  • Connor McDavid may be the "savior" of the Erie Otters OHL franchise.
  • Florida is slowly becoming a hockey state with the return of the Orlando Solar Bears. All it takes is years of having the teams around to be allowed to build a fan base.
  • It's easier to tweet out game observations and comments than to compose a whole blog draft.
  • USA Hockey is finally catching up to elite status among the international programs. It could be the many kids of former Canadian NHLers starting families in the USA.


    Resolutions for 2013
  1. The resolutions made for 2012 are still resolvable.
  2. With a deeper interest in building up a YouTube presence, I will continue to publish more regularly scheduled blog videos.
  3. I reaffirm my commitment to building a hockey weblog that provides cutting edge content as well as feature unique blog ideas.
  4. I resolve to become even more provocative in my blog entries as to encourage more comments and much desired feedback.
  5. Advance my career in broadcast journalism by continuing to make great media connections and continue trying to crack the starting line-up of a major media company again.
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