Hockey in Society after One Month: Taking Stock and Planning Ahead

Thanks to everyone who has visited Hockey in Society over the past month and for all the feedback we have received in the comments, on Twitter, and online or in person from friends. Our first month has been far busier than I ever imagined, with nearly 1,700 views – including 435 and counting for my recent post on media coverage of women’s hockey.

Reaction to that post – both supportive and critical – has been particularly gratifying, as one of my main reasons for starting this blog was to encourage debate and dialogue about issues in hockey between people with divergent views. We will continue to try to bring our readers thoughtful and thought-provoking posts that will hopefully spark further discussion about the many ongoing issues in hockey.

In the meantime, here are some updates on the site and our plans for the coming months:

  • You will notice that we have changed the appearance of the site. This was largely in response to reader feedback, and it hopefully makes the site more readable and enjoyable for all visitors.
  • A very special thanks to Courtney (courtneyszto) and Simon (simondar) for their great contributions thus far! I have put out some feelers to bring on new writers to the site, and I hope that we will soon be adding more voices to our crew of contributors.
  • One feature that we will be rolling out soon is interviews with experts in various areas of hockey and sport. We will publish Q&A interview transcripts that will provide opinions and analysis on a wide range of issues in hockey.
  • I have had a number of interesting exchanges through the Hockey in Society Twitter account, so if you are on Twitter please follow us and join the conversation!
  • As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions, please drop us a line and let us know.

Thank you again to everyone who has read and/or commented on the site so far. I am looking forward to many more productive and insightful discussions in the coming months and years.

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