|Impressions - well, I normally don't do any impressions...|
I went to CannonFest at the recommendation of #cbj twitter celebrity @johntkemp. John and I have been close friends for over a decade. John is the one who encouraged me to start blogging about hockey and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The thought of blogging and getting on twitter really didn’t appeal to me at first. I am not at all wired to understand fandom. It took literally 8 or 9 beers one July afternoon in 2011 for me to get a twitter account. After a few months of tweeting, despite my “negative” persona in the #cbj twitter-verse, John encouraged me to start blogging as well. It was my ‘perspective’ he kept saying. “It’s your perspective that is great.” He also mentions a little less perceived negativity might be good.
|Happy Happy Joy Joy, Happy Happy Joy Joy!|
|"You think this is mini-mites you Jack Wagon? The fans better boo your ass for wasting their money!"|
|Passion and emotion in this face.|
|One day, you could be this cool - totally.|
I blog about some funny stuff, I blog about equipment, I blog about poetry, I blog about the glaring short comings of the Columbus Blue Jackets – I don’t blog about why Steve Mason is going to turn it around this year nor do I blog about how much better this team is without Nash. I love hockey and wish this franchise would turn the corner, but like the old Russian proverb goes, “The fish rots from the head first.” The new arena deal will help with some of the red ink, but other changes must be made.
At a personal level, it was good to see a core group of CBJ fans to be around other fans to share hope and a passion at CannonFest. This franchise cannot survive without them. Hockey is the best sport in the world. I realized I’m not wired for fandom, and I’m trying to learn the nuances of social media and how to best share my perspective – this is why John Kemp is paid $185,000 a year to be my director of content. I have really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and interacting with folks on twitter. I’m sometimes unsure that despite the stats on the blog, that anyone really reads our posts. But hope for the season and the DKM blog came to me at CannonFest in the most unexpected of compliments. A well respected member of the CBJ blogosphere shared that they read the DKM blog because we were ‘willing to have open and honest conversation about a 30th place team.’ When the measuring stick for all CBJ blogs has something measured to say about Distinct Kicking Motion, it lets you know that while we may not have the brightest shining goal lamp in the CBJ world, that a few folks actually do notice it when it’s on. Thanks CannonFest.