Hear that buzzing?
One of the first things I did when I got this site was to install a hit counter, simply because it's the best way to find out what people are saying about you. And, thus far in this blog's short history, a lot of what I'll call 'poppycock' has been written about me. Take this recent entry in another blog:
James Mirtle: A professional sportwriter in Toronto, his stuff has been excellent, although he has just recently began commenting on other sports. He has a lot of links, as does PuckUpdate. He is contracted for Hockey articles on the new Hockeybuzz.com, paysite. Future hockey at his own site may suffer.No, friends, I will not be near Mr. Eklund's latest endeavor, much less writing for it. I'm sure longtime readers would find that suggestion laughable, considering I was critical of the old incarnation of his rumours site.
Eric at Offwing, who has been putting my blog to shame lately with his mass posting abilities, commented on Eklund's ever-changing back story.
As Eric says, it's interesting so many mainstream hockey people are associating with this fellow when in the past he has clearly been fabricating all sorts of credentials. I never had a problem with Eklund reporting 'rumours' on his site; it was the fact he claimed to be a hockey journalist when he clearly wasn't that bothered me.
I'm friends with a few of those writing blogs on the site, and I'm not in any way condemning them for doing so. I imagine with the traffic levels Eklund generates, doing so is simply good for business. Had they asked me beforehand, however, I would have advised against it.
As it stand now, nothing on the site has really struck me as must-read material. So far, the most interesting thing I've read on the site is a bizarre quibble between Inside Hockey's Kevin Greenstein and Stan Fischler that they are continuing on their blogs — both on the same site.
As I said, it's interesting, but only in a sideshow sort of way.