2016| The Review

Greetings to readers new and old and Happy New Year to you all! For this blog there have been a few changes over the last year.

I started this Chasing The Puck just as somewhere to post whatever I wanted, so if you root through the archives there are some non-hockey related things, including an interview with a fashion model and also a piece about the death of my grandmother from cancer. Moving forward it’s solely hockey related in some form or another. I’ve added two new writers in the form of Aimee and Elana and lost another.

Beth who due to family commitments no longer had the time she once had to contribute. Thank you to her for all she did contribute in her few months of writing with us. I hope that moving forward there will be more work published by Aimee and Elana.

What did you want to achieve this year?

  • To build a fan base of loyal readers who enjoyed the content I put out.
  • Behind the Mask. (Coventry, Braehead, Cardiff) Still need Manchester, Fife, Dundee, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Belfast.
  • Two Minutes with:
    • Josh Godfrey, Andrew Hotham, Ben Bowns, Nicole Jackson, Shawn Boutin, Dan Green, Tomas Kurka, Ben O’Connor.
  • Couple of articles with Zack Fitzgerald and Guillaume Desbiens, both of which seemed hugely popular.
  • Began to write for OnFire. Coventry Blaze’s match day program.
  • I’ve been asked to write specific articles for different publications including for a blog written about my favourite NHL team, the Washington Capitals.
  • The blog itself had nearly 5,000 individual visitors.
  • Setting up a personalised domain,  YouTube account, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account for the blog with matching usernames if possible.
  • Write articles which didn’t just appeal to the EIHL fans, but to hockey fans as a worldwide group.
  • Publish not just content that I enjoyed writing but that my readers will also enjoy reading and sharing with their friends.
  • Get my own name out there into the hockey world as someone who people recognise. Ideally the end goal of this blog is to get myself into a media job within a hockey club or organisation and this is my portfolio and CV.
  • Create a blog that has many different aspects to it, in order to attract and bring all types of hockey fans together. Whether you’re a new fan or old, fan of the game or just love to read about it.

Did you manage it?

To a certain extent I think I’ve been successful, I have had a few people ask me about the blog and some people have even asked me for advice on how to start their own blog which felt great because why would they ask someone who they didn’t think was doing a good job? I’m considering making a YouTube video on the things I’ve learned over the past year. The things I feel I’ve done well and the things that I have learned, so other people can begin to do what they love as well. This blog has become something that I really enjoy doing, I’ve met so many new people who work in the field that I would ideally love to work in and making those connections that will allow me to progress and make this blog better and better.

Things you’d like to do moving forward.

Moving forward, I want to see if I can complete some of the series’ that I have begun, like the goalie feature ‘Behind The Mask’ and also begin looking at different aspects of the game. I’d like to write some pieces that highlight some of the issues that come with the game, such as head injuries and concussions specifically as these I feel aren’t talked about enough. I’d like to be able to use this platform as a way of raising awareness and not just having fun. I hope this will be something I can achieve in the following year. I’d also like to include more product reviews, for items of kit that I use in order to make this blog possible and also items that I use in my day to day as a hockey fan, such as jerseys, general merchandise and also things like hotels and travel arrangements in order to help fellow fans out when planning that all important away travel day. I’ve also set up a YouTube channel and would love some feedback on what kind of videos you’d like to see there too!

Anything in the pipeline. 

I have so many ideas for this blog that my brain is overflowing. I have a couple of things in the immediate pipeline and other things that might take me a while to achieve. All I can say right now is I’d love to make this blog even more popular in 2017 as I do love producing content for every single one of my readers!

Lastly I want to say thank you. To my readers, to the people who help make this blog possible and also to my hockey family who have made me feel so welcome in whatever arena I have found myself in. Lastly, to those of you who have given me feedback,  I really do appreciate it so very much and it helps me to channel the blog into something that people enjoy coming back to time and time again. Please, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me by email: hazel.chasingthepuck@gmail.com if there is something you would love to see here this year!

If you made it to the end of that? Congratulations! Here’s to a wonderful and productive 2017.

Hazel & the rest of the Chasing The Puck team

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