A Big Thank You

Since there is a bit of downtime in the Hawks schedule and there really isn’t a whole lot going on, we thought it would be a perfect time to celebrate the first birthday of the Fifth Feather.  Technically, the day our site was created was on November 13th.  Since it fell on a Saturday and our traffic is usually a little lower on the weekends, we wanted to make sure this didn’t fall through the cracks.

We wanted to thank a few people who have helped to grow our site more than we could have ever imagined a year ago. 

  • Jim over at Sox Machine — Believe it or not, the idea for me starting this site was borne out of the comments section on his (old) site.  After Bobby and I got a few posts up, I sent him an email and Jim was gracious enough to point his readers to our site (on more than one occasion actually).  He makes a cameo appearance in our comments every once in awhile.      
  • The Second City Hockey Gang — If memory serves, I think we started our site at about the same time they took over Second City Hockey.  Before they took over, Second City Hockey was a blogging wasteland where comments went to die.  They instantly turned it around.  Sam has been foolish enough to let Bobby and I write multiple columns for ‘The Committed Indian’ which has helped us immensely.  (I also think this is the main reason why you can’t type “fifth feat” in Google without ‘fifth feather’ being the first search term to pop up.  The first time I saw that, let’s just say, it was a huge moment in my life.)  Matthew Dirt put our site on their blogroll and it is, by a far margin, the highest referrer our site has.  Bobby and McClure apparently sat next to each other at the Winter Classic and remain secret lovers to this day.
  • Forklift and CT at HockeeNight — They have become the Godfathers of the Blackhawk Blogosphere.  They had us on their PuckCast after our site was only up for a couple weeks.  To be perfectly honest, at first, I didn’t know whether this whole PuckCast thing was code for midnight raping.  Luckily, it was just four strangers talking on the phone about whatever popped in their heads.  We’ve been back four times since and every time has been memorable.

And of course, all of you.  Whether you comment every post, comment occasionally, or are simply a daily lurker, you are the driving force that keeps us going.  Without you visiting our site, I don’t know we’d have the motivation to continue to do this on a daily basis.

Just before our one-year anniversary passed, we extended our domain name for two more years, so we won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  Hopefully, neither will you. 

Again, thank you and we love you.  (Yes, even you Dave Morris.)

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20 Responses to A Big Thank You

  1. Kelly says:

    Congrats! You guys are awesome and do a bang-up job. Keep up the great work.

  2. BWV513 says:

    Happy birthday to the best Blackhawks-related site in Chicago, from a longtime lurker.
    I’m constantly impressed by your encyclopedic knowledge of hockey, and by your sensibility — none of the ranting and raving and hyperbolic b.s. that passes for sports commentary on the Internet here, and that is most welcome.
    What impresses me the most, though, is that the writing here is lucid and sharp — an exceedingly rare commodity on sports-related blogs, as you may well be aware. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, and here’s to many more birthdays.

  3. Dave Morris says:

    Even lurkers like me? Gee, thanks fellas.

    😉

    Hey, great work! Do you all get a cake or a stripper for your birthday?

  4. Jim says:

    You’re all welcome.

  5. Rob in Arlington says:

    Hello all,

    This is my first comment on your fine blog. Just wanted to thank you for your efforts; I visit daily and it’s always worthwhile. I’ve been a hawks fan since about 1970, with my interest in the team fluctuating with the quality of play. Needless to say the latest resurgence has been a complete surprise and simply outstanding. I was beginning to think that Chicago’s NHL franchise was destined for oblivion, but now I’m so full of hope I feel like a kid again.

    Keep up the great work, especially updates from the minors.

    Rob

  6. feyer says:

    A fine piece of work. It seems like you have been on my link bar for longer then a year.

  7. Dave Morris says:

    PS looks like Toews, Kane and Keith are set to sign new contracts.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/chi-17-blackhawks-chicago-nov17,0,1592678.story

    How’s that for a birthday present for the FeatherFrenz?

  8. Mike Kiley says:

    May you live to be 100. You can never go wrong with the FF. Although it’s damn scary to think of Forklift and CT being your godfathers. Must be like the Addams Family Thanksgving Special. Keep on keeping on until The Hand gets us all. One great site.

  9. Deborah Mosca says:

    You two are the perfect antidote to Eddie Olczyk, who I wish I could vaporize with a Sylvania telestrator.

  10. JM says:

    You guys are good at writing about hockey.

  11. Jeff says:

    So where’s the cake?

  12. Troy says:

    Uhm, excuse me, you can’t type “fifth fe” without this popping up. You all beat the fifth federal court.

  13. Patrick says:

    Solid work, guys. Congrats! I started following FF around the end of the playoffs last year and after one read, I could have sworn that you’d been around for years.

    Just curious, what are the metrics on your site visits? Yes, I am one of “those” guys…

  14. CT says:

    We’re the Godfathers of the Hawks blogosphere? I tend to think of us more as the neer-do-well uncles who always stink of cheap wine.

    Happy 1st birthday guys, keep up the great work.

  15. Bartl says:

    I’ve only been a part of the Blackhawks Blogosphere for a couple months and began reading the site then. Never a disappointment, fellas. You’re always insightful. Keep it up!

    Fork and CT are definitely Godfathers. I don’t think anyone has ever talked about mustaches as much as they do.

  16. Forklift says:

    How did Bartl get ahead of me? Sneaky little bastard.

    And our Puckcast was just our way of combining Analysys and Therapy.

    We’re Analrapists.

  17. Matthew says:

    Ditto JM, whose comment I admire for its brevity and its accuracy.

  18. Bob in EP says:

    Another lurker. Great work guys. The content here increases my enjoyment and appreciation of the game.

  19. MiamiJake says:

    lurker from Miami. check you guys daily and appreciate the info on my favorite Chicago team….makes the fact I only get up for a game or two each year a little more tolerable

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