Kevin SchultzIt’s been a fun three seasons here at Point Blank, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped out, read, commented and emailed over the past couple of years for their support. Tomorrow will be my last day here at IPB (set off some fireworks for me? but please don’t set yourself on fire).
After taking up blogging as a not too serious hobby and then somehow becoming a part of the now-dead and buried FanHouse, it was really an amazing opportunity and dream come true to be able to take over for Chris Botta (thanks for all the help and advice, Chris). Covering the best sport and the hometown team has been a great experience and something that I had always wanted to do (anyone remember this?) and that it paid some bills was a cool bonus and something far too rare in internet writing.
The staff here at SNY has always been top notch and amazing, thanks to Fred, Andrew and Adam who keep this site going like clockwork. As far as what’s coming next, the site is going to continue and carry along as usual, so I don’t think you’ll see much difference save for the absence my byline.
The main reason for leaving is that next year I’m going to be graduating from Fordham with an MBA in accounting and finance, and those classes, on top of this, on top of my actual full time job, plus friends/family/etc is too much to try and balance. Plus, I have to get my life plan all sorted out for graduation next year. This winter was near impossible to keep up with as all three of those things ease off in the summer and kick up in the winter, so it’s pretty clear that I need to scale back a bit.
Thank you to all the folks who have written on here; Christian, Keith, Garik and our historical expert Steven. Special thanks to Christian and Keith for all their hard work even through some thankless recaps on weeknights nights where the Islanders didn’t play too well. Christian is in full-time pursuit of journalism/blogging, and it’ll be great to watch him going forward as someone who handles himself very professionally and is very dedicated. Without their contributions, who knows where this blog would be, it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting and entertaining. Thank you to the Islanders, as well, for being accommodating with our requests, moreso than most teams would in regards to us “basement bloggers.”
And of course, thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting over the past three years. Kind of like a hockey team, a blog doesn’t function well if there’s no one reading it (been there, done that). The vast majority of the emails and tweets I’ve received about the site have been kind and passionate, which is a stark difference from the usual depths the internet tends to go to. And one time somebody recognized me at the supermarket, which was also cool.
I’m not going away, just going to be hanging up the blogging keyboard for a while. I’ll still be on Twitter talking Isles if you want to interact and I also have a small side hobby of photography, so feel free to check out my flickr or 500px. I think I’ll finish up tomorrow with my thoughts on where the team is headed. It looks like it could be a good last season at the Coliseum, I sure hope it is. I’ll probably see you there.