Since Surly & I cannot say thank you enough, thank you for continuing to come here, reading our work and talking puck with us.
It’s fun watching this site grow. We started S&S in September of 2009 (hence the number “9″ on the back of my Scribe jersey) for the love of the Kings but also in part because we didn’t care for the strict moderation and censorship of opinion that is so prevalent on message boards and other blogs and sites.
In the first 15 months through the end of 2010, we got about 170,000 visitors. In 2011, we tickled 600,000. Now, in 2012, we are heading for more than 1,000,000 per year. 1,645 articles and posts in less than 2 and 1/2 years. Just under 16,000 comments to those articles. We have been quoted and linked by Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy, ESPN, NBC Sports’ Pro Hockey Talk and numerous hockey media sites as well as hockey blogs and message boards throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
The site has sprouted quickly and that wouldn’t have been possible without your readership and contributions. We are proud to have maintained our fierce independence, not accepted invitations by those who wished to take our message to a broader audience but with a filter and rejected advertisers weekly so the content won’t be diluted or surrounded by noise.
That brings me to a few changes to the site.
Look at the top of your screen. The pages are a bit different. To the right of the “About” page is “Surly & Scribe Humor”. This page is a drop down menu and currently has some of our skits (I still have not found all of them) as well as the well received Jamie Kompon Appreciation Page. I intend to add as a separate drop down on this page our many Top 10 lists we have posted the last 2 + years…if I can find them all.
To the right of that are Surly & Scribe Features, also a drop down menu. I have not done the Hockey 2.0 feature justice. I intend to change that in 2012. There is no reason I cannot write at least 1-2 feature articles per month. I know many of you enjoy the technical aspects of the game (the X’s and O’s) and I can’t wait to chat with you about it…to tell you the truth, it’s hard to find people who are willing and able to do so. That is why this page was initially intended as my outlet. I know our readers, as they are Die-Hards and a good number have played the game, would make for great discussion. The “Quotable Lombardi” page is also a feature, one we have had since the beginning, and includes a list of Dean’s quotes that have been of interest to us. I have a feeling we have good quotes coming up as the trade deadline and April approach.
You will then notice the “Reader Hall of Fame.” We get some terrific comments on this site. Some are hilarious, inspiring or illuminating. When Surly or I see a comment that is worthy of great praise, we will honor it by placing it on this page with a credit to the commenter. It will be fun to watch the Hall of Fame grow over the coming months and years.
The last page is Blasphemous Rumors. What we have done here is taken the L.A. Kings rumors that circulate around the web including those we hear every once in a while and post them on this page. We cite to the source of the rumor when we have it (and when we can) and give our own insight on the rumor, when it is merited.
Finally, remember that Surly & I are open to reader submitted articles. We have had many readers become writers including Howard Roark, JT Dutch, Sydor25, Jungle Dave (for the Monarchs) and recently Player-X. Why do I feel like I am forgetting someone? In an event, this is your site. We do this for you. And we have some big plans in the coming year to expand S&S as I am actively recruiting for particular talents which I will keep a secret for now and we expect will bring you a whole new level of awesome before the end of 2012.
We love you all and hope you keep coming back for more.