Blog Changes

As most you probably know, I ran a GOJHL Western Conference blog for the majority of this past season.  

Initially when it was proposed to me, I was told that it was designed to be an on-line newspaper, as that’s what Local Sports Report is, but that it would have the abilities for users to post their own stories, would have a comment section on every article, featured writers and a forum.  I was asked to be the Blog Manager and was told it’s a volunteer position and expected to be about a 4-7 hour a week job.  I can’t honestly tell you how many hours I put into it because I just did the job I was given, but I do know it was a lot of time. 

When the site and blog were eventually launched, the only feature it had was the ability to comment.  And some of you did, and I’m grateful for that.  It means that you actually took the time to read the stories I was putting out there and that it wasn’t a big waste of my time.  Although all the stories were posted by me, I wasn’t the only one writing them.  I’d say about 1/4 of the articles posted were written by C. Scott Holland.  Scott is a good friend of mine, he used to work for the weekly newspaper in Leamington, is a former Western league statistician, and he is the league historian.  Any time I need some history about something, I just go to Scott, or I consult the GOJHL record books that I have in my possession.  Other than Scott’s contributions, everything else was all written by me and it took a lot of time managing this blog.

I know how this is sounding, and I’m doing that on purpose, but it’s not what you think.  You can’t get rid of RG that easily.  The point of this is that the blog has now changed.  It now houses all of those features mentioned above.  Also, it is no longer just the Western Conference.  For those that were on the site, you may have noticed that there was a Golden Horseshoe blog.  The person that ran it didn’t have much time to put into it and managed to post 3 articles all season.  We did not have anyone running a Mid-Western blog.  I have found over the years that it’s hard to get the Mid-West fans engaged like that.  My goal is to get them on there next season and I have a few ideas floating around as to how to do that. 

Anyways, the blog is now GOJHL as a whole.  I will continue to just write about the West because that’s my Conference and what I know.  I may throw in the odd article about the other 2, but I can’t write about them like I can about the West. 

So to the features. 

It has user posts.  As a user, you can write an article about whatever you want and post it.  As the Manager, I have to approve it though.  Once it’s approved, it is posted for the blog world to see.  And the blog world and comment on it, just as you can on mine.  If it’s a good article, I will have the ability to make it a featured article, and it would appear at the top.  If you continue to write good articles, I will have the ability to make you a featured writer and from that point, any article you write would be automatically featured.  I’m not sure if I would still have to approve it, but we will find out, won’t we? 

The forum.  This is the biggest feature and the one I expect to get the most use.  The GOJHL blog now hosts the Golden Horseshoe forum.  At the top of the page, on the red bar, it says Forum.  Click on that and it takes you to the forum.  The previous links don’t work, so you’ll have to save this one.  All the active users of the old forum have been converted over, with their posts and topics.  I’ve been told that your login information is all the same.  I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, so I’ll try and put a link to the Western forum on that page as well.  If we get the Mid-West in here, I’ll try to set up a forum for them.  I realize there’s 1 over on the West, so we’ll see how this works out. 

Regarding the forum.  I’m not sure if it’s put through yet, but I’ve been told that I will basically be an Admin of it as well.  I’ve been a moderator of the Western forum for quite a few years now, I don’t know exactly how long, but if you’ve seen me over there, you know my style is that I pretty much let things go.  There are basic rules to the forum, which are the same as posting on the blog and can be found under Posting Rules.  As I said, my style is that I pretty much let things go.  I believe in the philosophy that we’re all adults and should know how to behave appropriately, but if you cross a line, I will let you know.  

During the course of the summer, I will be working on various aspects of the appearance of the blog.  On the side of the blog, under the advertisements, it has GOJHL Twitter Talk, which is displaying all tweets that have used the hashtag #GOJHL.  At the top of the page, you see the Twitter logo, that goes to my Twitter page.  I would like to have my Twitter Talk displayed on the side, but I don’t want it to look too busy, so we’ll see.  At some point, I will get my Facebook page on there too.

That’s all I have right now.  I’m very excited about this new chance to grow and show some people that I’m not just some girl.  I go to hockey because I enjoy it and I actually know what I’m talking about.  I’ve spent many years learning the rules of the game because I’ve never wanted to be known as just another puck bunny.  I’m also excited about the chance to meet new people and make new connections league wide.  I have some goals for myself and would love if this were to lead to other opportunities. 

If you have any questions or comments, would like to be a writer/contributor, or just want to tell me your opinion, leave it below or feel free to email me, s_rockets@hotmail.com.  After being RocketGirl for 10 years, I’ve got thick skin and can pretty much handle whatever you wanna throw at me.

Thanks and see you all in August.

Stacy Brooks

RocketGirl

You all know that I am a die-hard Rockets fan, but I am also a die-hard GOJHL fan, having been watching Jr. B hockey since I was 10 years old. I will only watch the GOJHL and during the hockey season, you never know what arena RG is gonna show up at.

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