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.)