On one of the very first pages of this website, I mention the importance of having a web presence and the importance of maintaining such a presence. I really should have practiced what I preached ages ago.
I’ve been “in business” for nearly 10 years, pretty much from the moment I wrapped up my very last course at Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2007. At the time I had just wrapped up an internship with the media relations department of the Vancouver Canucks (remember that Henrik Sedin quadruple overtime goal that year?) and was looking for a way to stay involved with the team.
Although I moved on quickly to being hired by the BC Lions in a non-communications capacity (I had previously interned for them as well a year prior), I was offered the opportunity continue working with the Canucks by contributing a regular piece to their website called “Game Notes.” The concept behind that was to regurgitate, in a more easy-to-read format, the media game notes package that each team produces for each game.
That concept, thankfully, didn’t last long. It became much more interesting, and fun, to create a game day preview piece. “Game Notes” eventually became “Tale of the Tape” which later on became “IT’S GAMEDAY!” From about midway through the 2007-08 season to the end of the 2015-16 season, it was a staple on Canucks.com and I tried to make it the standard-bearer for all game day preview pieces on any team site across the NHL.com network. In its earlier days, the format was copied by at least a couple of other NHL teams and maybe an AHL team or two.
But I digress.
The point is, “Game Notes” was my first freelance project. From there, I’ve “sold” freelance work to Canucks Game Day Magazine, Canucks Yearbook, PA SportsTicker, Sports Network, Tourism Vancouver, and BC Business Magazine.
But the truth is, I never had to sell anything. Every ‘customer’ I’ve been fortunate enough to have along the way has been thanks to those first connections I made with the Canucks.
So why am I doing this now? Because I need to.
Opportunities have become more scarce, and the competition for similar services is much greater.
At the same time, as grateful as I have been for the opportunities I’ve received in the past, I need to branch out. Sports, in particular hockey, will also be a passion of mine but I don’t want to just be “the sports guy” any more.
I’d be thrilled if a sports organization came across this site and decided to reach out looking for a content creator. But I’d be equally thrilled if someone reached out because they needed a writer to create content for their dental business or their real estate business, or someone needed a webmaster to maintain their website for them.
So if you’re reading this, and you feel so-inclined, send me using the contact information on this site. Let me help you with your communications goals.
As for this blog, I figure it will be a mixture of communications talk, a lot of Canucks and hockey postings (passion is passion, after all), and really just whatever I feel like.
Thanks for reading, and welcome to my world.