It started innocently enough, but eight years later I'm still doing this blogging thing. That's a testament in itself as bloggers tend to last only so long; giving in to burnout, giving up on their hobby, or finding something better to do.
But really, eight years later.... Thank you to those who have read my work, those who continue to read my work, and those who have sworn off my work as utter drivel (you know who you are, and I'm thankful I don't know who you are).
Special thanks to long time associates Eric McErlain, James Mirtle, Mike Chen, Jes Golbez; the bossman at SB Nation, Tyler Bleszinski; Cassie McClellan, Meredith Qualls, Nolan Whyte, the rest of the Raw Charge crew (Clark, Matt, Dani, Clare, Tina), and too many bloggers to note (those on SB Nation and elsewhere).
At any rate, I decided to throw together some numbers to compliment that span of time since I opened up shop (on Boltsmag.com) on February 10th, 2004.
Eight Year numbers:
Tampa Bay Lightning record: 267-238-70 with 1 tie
Number of Stanley Cup Championships: 1
Number of Head Coaches: 4
Number of General Managers: 3
Number of ownership groups: 3
Number of different uniform/logo designs: 3
Number of different roster players since Feb 10, 2004: 146
Number of players from the 2004 roster who remain: 3*
*Pavel Kubina left and came back
Those are hockey stats, it'd be interesting to have blogging stats, now wouldn't it? I must apologize because I can't easily find every time I've been mentioned on Puck Daddy, accurate visitor numbers for Raw Charge/Boltsmag combined, and exact number of stories I've written in that time (approximately 2230 - or 279 a season).