Monday, October 20, 2008

It's the end of the blog as we know it
Introducing From The Rink

I'll certainly miss this place.

After almost four years and 3,967 posts, this site is joining SB Nation and will be relocated to fromtherink.com for the foreseeable future. I'm taking on the title of manager of NHL blogs, with the goal of building up the site's small offering of hockey sites into a community of 30+ bloggers producing quality content for every team.

So if you love blogging on the Florida Panthers, drop me a line.

Moving was a very difficult decision, but I honestly believe that SB Nation is going to be a big, big deal when it comes to hockey blogging and I'm ready for the challenge of helping it get there. There are some very smart, talented and motivated people at the helm of the company like Jim Bankoff and Tyler Bleszinski who want to see this take off.

Plus I get a snazzy logo.

Most of all what I want to do in this space is offer a huge thank you to all of the bloggers and commenters who embraced this site and helped it grow into what it is today. It's been fun — and I sincerely hope everyone keeps coming out to the new site.

Even if there are dancing monkey ads on it.


Thank yous
Eric McErlain, Lowetide, The Battle of Alberta, Tyler Dellow, Seth Rorabaugh, The Pensblog, Greg Wyshynski, Habs Inside/Out, Kukla's Korner, Tom Benjamin, The Battle of California, Lyle (Spector) Richardson, Japers' Rink, Pension Plan Puppets, Daniel Tolensky, the Oilers wing of HFBoards, Greg Drinnan, Battle of Ontario, Will Leitch and Deadspin, Ben at Blueland Blog, BfloBlog, the gang at NHL FanHouse, Chris, Dave and Mike at Covered in Oil, Joe Pelletier, Jonathan Willis, Five Hole Fanatics, Sharkspage, Neate Sager, Craig Custance, On the Wings, On Frozen Blog, Canes Country, Hot Oil and all of the many, many other sites that have sent traffic my way throughout the years.

If I had a master list of my top commenters, they'd be listed here, too. Thanks for keeping me on my toes and adding your collective wit to the conversation the past four years.

Traffic
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38 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Cornelius Hardenbergh said...

The RSS feed on the new site is broken.

 
At 10:16 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Maali said...

Congrats. I don't think ANYONE writes about the Kittens though.

 
At 10:17 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger islesblogger said...

All the best James, I will be sure to redirect your links!

You still need to stop by for that beer when in NY!

 
At 10:19 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Connie said...

Congrats, James!

 
At 10:21 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

Great to have you on board James.

 
At 10:50 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger eyebleaf said...

Congrats and good luck as you move on to your new site. All your readers will be moving there with you. Cheers.

 
At 10:59 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger The Forechecker said...

Congratulations, James; I was wondering when someone would make an honest hockey writer out of ya!

 
At 11:07 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Congrats, James: best of luck with the new site!

 
At 11:32 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger JoBu said...

The scientist in me has to ask, what's the Y axis scale on that graph, James? Like 0 at the bottom and 10 viewers at the top? ;)

Seriously, good luck with the new position. You're one of the few bloggers I read everyday, and you deserve all the success in the world.

 
At 11:40 AM, October 20, 2008, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

Tyler Bleszinski is one of the best. He started Athletics Nation, and created an informative blog with a community that many other sites have used as a model.

Good luck at SB Nation.

 
At 12:21 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger wade little said...

Gonna miss this old place. Already do. The new site just doesn't have the same, underground/low-budget/grassroots look that this joint does. I guess everyone has to make a change once in a while.

Best of luck, James. I'll be stopping by on a regular I'm sure.

 
At 12:21 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Pooch said...

Congrats James, you certainly deserve it.

Hopefully this new place can become the more respectable and informative version of Hockeybuzz : )

 
At 12:46 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Valerie said...

Congrats James. Like the others, I'll follow your comments at the new home. And once you've conquered the NHL bloggers, perhaps you can help out us few Major Junior bloggers.

See you soon in the new digs.

Cheers!

 
At 12:58 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Mike Chen said...

Dancing kittens? The ad on the "About" pages says, "Is your man gay? How many times a week do you have sex with your man? (Pull-down menu)"

Besides that, congrats! Look forward to the new digs!

 
At 1:20 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Loxy said...

Fancy digs.

Hopefully the RSS works soon.. :)

 
At 1:35 PM, October 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you will have to login to post comments


As a matter of principle, I'll pass on comments. But I may still read it if you get the feed working.

 
At 2:02 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Rob Robinson said...

Wow. Big news indeed. Great work here. I'll look forward to reading at the new place.

 
At 2:33 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Bubba said...

best of luck James :-)

 
At 2:50 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger teebs said...

Well I guess its time to change bookmarks.

Congrats on the new site!

 
At 2:59 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

Congrats and good luck. I'll follow you over, as I'm sure most of us will.

 
At 3:05 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger BDH said...

Holy crap... i love this place, but looking forward to see where From the Rink takes you.

 
At 3:22 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

James should pull an Al Arbour and just make 33 more posts to get the total up to a nice, round 4000 number.

I'll miss this one, but I'm all set up at the new site.

 
At 3:22 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Djlethal01 said...

Best of luck with the new venture James!!

 
At 3:33 PM, October 20, 2008, Anonymous jealous broadcaster said...

Best Hockey Blogger. Period. Will follow you 'From the Rink'.

 
At 3:58 PM, October 20, 2008, Anonymous TheTick said...

Good luck on your new home. Now I have to see if I registered there before...

 
At 4:28 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

These new diggs are pretty fancy Mirtle. Lotsa gadgets around.

What's this University of Phoenix? Seems like a respectable educational institution...

 
At 7:16 PM, October 20, 2008, Blogger Chiba Chiba Y'all said...

Am I the only one to boo this decision? I'll miss my 'mirtle' tab at the top of my browser, and it, once clicked, bringing me to the maroony stylings of this blog.

Ah well. Change. Thanks for all the info. Keep it up. See you on the other side, er, from the other rink, I guess.

(The Traveling Wilbury's are playing for you on the left coast)

 
At 9:07 PM, October 20, 2008, Anonymous Phillie said...

You deserve huge applause and congratulations for creating something worth reading.
Well done. You rock.

 
At 12:08 AM, October 21, 2008, Anonymous cowboycoffee said...

Thanks for everything James!

 
At 11:33 AM, October 21, 2008, Anonymous kamloops dad said...

congrats james

all the best at your new SB nation blog. Another chapter to 'hockeyjockey's career. see you on Hockey Night in Canada soon.

love ya, dad

 
At 10:44 PM, October 21, 2008, Blogger Ebscer said...

So what is the big secret on posting comments on the new site? Even signing up doesn't appear to help any...

 
At 10:59 PM, October 21, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think you have to 'join' the site up at the top. I think...

Even I don't have a handle on all the gizmos there.

 
At 11:10 PM, October 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on being a true pioneer and best of luck with your new venture, James...Chris Botta

 
At 3:46 AM, October 22, 2008, Blogger Scotty Hockey said...

Best wishes Mirtle. No matter the look or the locale, you still bring the knowledge so we shall follow. Hope they are making it worth your while!!

 
At 5:47 PM, October 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck james, interested to hear what u hav e to say about the Flyers. Those interested, check out my flyers blog at http://myspace.com/georgemrns

 
At 12:26 PM, December 07, 2008, Blogger hoqueibasefemeni said...

Salut!

 
At 10:30 PM, September 18, 2009, Blogger Nathan said...

Good luck! Can't wait to see the stuff on the new site.

-NGC
AZ Cactus Cup

 
At 7:15 PM, December 25, 2009, Blogger Danne said...

Congrats (although it's a bit late lol) Cheers Danne

 

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