I have thought long and hard about this. It has been something I have been pondering for almost half of a year now.
Yes, the time has come for me to put away the keyboard and retire from my "position" here at MyHockeyBuzz.
Let me explain.
Next year I am going off to college, starting a new stage in my life. With big changes like leaving home and moving into a dormitory coming up, I was forced to think long-term and how much I want to continue this. Yes, I love blogging. I have a tremendous passion for it but it also takes up a lot of time and effort. Blogging here was not going anywhere new and I would be stuck in the anonymity of MYHB for years to come if I continued as is. Additionally, I wanted to focus more on my studies and not be distracted at important times, for example during finals, by the need to plan and write a blog. Finally, the Rangers seem to be stuck in a rut. It seemed that every year was very repetitive and my ability to find new and interesting angles was waning.
So I will no longer be blogging.
I just wanted to say a few things before I go.
In my two years blogging here I have been motivated by two things. My fandom and my ego. It is a great feeling to be able to look back at old blogs and see so many comments praising my work. I really appreciate every single comment that anyone ever posted, whether it be to compliment or criticize, to agree or argue. Either way, I knew that people were reading what I took the time to write and that validated every second of it. Nobody writes something and then throws it out, the point is to let others read it and appreciate it. You, reader, are the reason I write, and I thank you.
Next up, I would like to thank Eklund. Yes, this site has many faults but there is no hockey website that has the quality of bloggers and posters that this site has. Believe me, I gone through many hockey forums and none compare to this one. Additionally, the innovative idea of letting any member write a blog is absolutely amazing and unique. That was the biggest draw for me, as a blogger. Good luck with all of your endeavors.
My boys on the Rangers boards. We have gone through highs and lows during these two years but being able to discuss them with you guys made it so much more fun. Hours upon hours of arguing and agreeing about everything Rangers. Nothing beats that. (Well a Stanley Cup, maybe). It may be a while before we get our Cup and it hurts that I won't be around to blog about it when we do. Hope all of you enjoy the coming years of hockey.
Let's Go Rangers!
My partners in crime on MYHB. There are so many of you but three of you really stood out to me and made an impression.
Flamestr. Steal_Your_Faceoff. C4LL4W4Y.
Flamestr and SYF, you guys were here before I came and I always looked up to you as role models. Both of you are great bloggers. You guys are interesting, smart and respectful and that means a lot. I only hope people view my work in the same light that they view yours. Cally, being that you are a very knowledgeable NHL guy and a Rangers fan, I must say that I have read every single one of your blogs and enjoyed each thoroughly. It was great covering the Rangers together during this past season. Keep it up, the mantle of Rangers blogging on MYHB has passed solely to you.
Scott Gallof. Besides taking the job I was hoping for (no hard feelings
) you have really covered the Rangers in a unique and interesting way. Your original images really encapsulated the themes of your interesting and well written blogs. When you are working in the Photoshop, a picture is really worth a thousand words. Keep up the great work.
Everybody else on HockeyBuzz, enjoy the site, don't complain so much. It really was a privilege to post here and I am saddened to be giving it up. We are all brothers as fans of the best sport in the world (that nobody else realized is the best sport yet).
If I offended anybody during my time here, I apologize. I didn't mean it. And even when I meant it, I commented in the heat of the moment and bear no hard feeling against you. I hope you feel the same way.
That's all. I will still be around on the boards until the summer and you can send me a PM if you would like. Also, a comment here would be appreciated so when I look back at the final blog in years to come, I see your name and get that good feeling I was talking about.
It's been a great ride.
But it is time to say goodbye.
Alex Scharf A.K.A. Rags2Riches