Stanley Cup Dead Blog Challenge

My blog is about to turn 5 years old soon, next month in fact.  And frankly, it’s never been at a lower point, content and update-wise.  It’s sad, because I like my blog, and I like blogging about hockey, but I’ve fallen out of the habit of posting, and don’t write as much as I should.  I’ve groused a little publicly about not having, and needing to start, a daily writing habit, and I can’t think of a better time to do it than the Stanley Cup Finals.

And since misery loves company, I’m going to turn it into a challenge.

If you have a blog that’s been languishing, and you really, REALLY want to start it again, the time is now.  It’s time to get these blogs back in shape, and put some content out there.  It’s time to get back into the habit of blogging, just in time for the off-season (good timing, eh? You can’t control when the itch hits you).

I challenge you, dear reader/ blogger, to blog every day.  Write one post, short, long, crazy, on or off topic, put up a photo, or whatever, though June 15th, or what would be game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  It doesn’t have to be epic writing, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t have to be about the Stanley Cup Finals, even.  All it has to be is there.  Starting with game 1 on June 1st, post one blog post per day.  Or, take it further, and post one blog post a day until free agency day on July 1st, which is what I’m going to be doing.  That’s just over 30 posts, which seems daunting when you haven’t been keeping up your blog like you feel you should.  But really, when you are in the zone, when you are doing it every day, it isn’t that much.

Because here’s the thing.  If you get in the habit of writing, you don’t have to worry about inspiration, or motivation, or creativity, because all of that comes from doing.  The more you write, the more you will want to write.  And the more time you will set aside to write, no matter how busy you perceive you are.

If you want, tweet your posts with the hashtag #SCFblog.  That hashtag doesn’t seem to be taken, and it will let other people doing the challenge find your work, and you to find theirs.  And we could all use a little more support.  And if you feel like helping them out, leave a comment on their blog.  You know how comments on your work make you feel, so spread the good stuff around.  Post a link to this post on your site, if you want, and invite others along for the ride.  The more the merrier.

What do you get if you complete the challenge?  Well, you get more writing than you had before, and that’s awesome.  But hey, how about something else.  Tell you what, with every post I put on my site for the challenge, I will link to some blogging, writing, or inspiring post, blog, video, or something to help you on your challenge.  Some will be short, some will be longer, but you will have a few more resources at your disposal when it’s all over.

So what do you say?  Are you with me?  If even one or two people take up the challenge, then we will have more writing than we had before.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Twyla Tharp, a very accomplished choreographer you may have heard of, from her book, The Creative Habit (via Merlin Mann’s site, 43 Folders):

After so many years, I’ve learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That’s why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves. The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is quiet, the phones aren’t ringing, and their minds are rested, alert, and not yet polluted by other people’s words. They might set a goal for themselves — write fifteen hundred words, or stay at their desk until noon — but the real secret is that they do this every day. In other words, they are disciplined. Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit.

So, see you on June 1st.  Let’s do this.

One and Done: A Tale of Two Opposite Playoff Teams

In one moment, I was happy.  Elated.  The Bruins won game seven to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.  A team that I like mostly, I’ll admit, because of Tim Thomas.  If ever there was a goalie I could describe as ‘plucky,’ it’s Thomas.  For me, he’s been the comeback story of the year.  Last season was a bust for Thomas, and the Bruins fans I talked to last season (and there were plenty) thought he was washed up.  Done.  The Burins had made the mistake of the century.   One hip surgery later, and Thomas has been a beast.  If he doesn’t win the Vezina (again), something is rotten in Denmark.  I was psyched for the Finals.

Then I saw this:

Mudbugs Win

F.

There was another game seven played tonight, and this one was for all the marbles.  Hardly anyone noticed, just a drop in the bucket when the NHL is playing a game 7 for the chance to win the greatest trophy in sports, and the Memorial Cup is going on.   This is nothing, unless you are paying attention.  Unless you are a fan.

FFFFFFFFFF.

The Eagles and the Mudbugs own one of the more unlikely rivalries in the minors.  Usually, you find that neighbors make for the worst bedfellows.  And while I may be mixing my metaphors, I can’t help but think of the cross-Pennsylvania rivalries, the Spokane – Tri-Cities WHL rivalry, and the hate across Edmonton. This is a rivalry born in blood and losses.  These are the rivalries that fans chew on, spit out, and run over with a car.  Twice.  And when you lose to your rival, it never feels good. Never.

The future for the Mudbugs is uncertain.  There are rumors that the team will be moving to a less expensive league, perhaps the NAHL (US juniors) or the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League).  This was a season of massive changes for the Central Hockey League, incorporating several of the teams from the flailing IHL (formerly the UHL), and expanding to the North and East in places they have never been.  There was a time, not that long ago, that the Colorado Eagles were the most remote team in the CHL.  The league then expanded to Youngstown, and fans of the Central wondered what the league was thinking, putting a team on the far side of Ohio, when their main concentration lived in Texas.  It didn’t last.  This season, with the league taking on teams in Ft. Wayne, IN, Dayton, OH, and two in Illinois, the league stretched itself wider, while already losing teams in it’s base (Amarillo following this season, and Corpus Christi and Lubbock, TX in previous seasons). The Mudbugs are on uncertain footing, but hopefully, a trophy will buy them some time.  They are a good team, with a great fan base.  And although I would like nothing more than for the Eagles to have crushed them, I hope they return next season.  That is what great rivals do sometimes, make you want them back.

So thanks for a great season, Colorado Eagles.  Even if you move to the ECHL (as rumored), you have been one of the best things the Central has had in many years.  And your fans love you for it.

A tweet

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Come on, Sharks.