I hate to take a break from all the excitement surrounding the recent acquisition of Alex Brown but it's kind of a big day around here. One worth noting.
Seems it's that time of year again. Time to stop and smell the roses. Time to reflect back on how far we, as a community and a website, have come. Today is CSC's second birthday. Two years ago to the day yours truly took the reigns of this once deserted black and gold wasteland, tilled the soil, planted a few seeds, waited for the rain and watched this place blossom into the flourishing field of Who Dat dreams you now see before you.
Obviously it wasn't that easy but I'm impressed every day by this monster that I've actually created - with a lot of help from SB Nation - and the opportunities it's afforded us. We've landed some cool interviews with players like Jonathan Vilma, been recognized by the league by earning credentials to the Super Bowl and been cited by legitimate outlets such as the Washington Post, Times-Pic and NFL.com.
The stats and milestones we've achieved as a community are equally remarkable. Here are a few current figures about the site and the community that will probably interest many of you:
At this time last year, we only had 620 members. Meaning this past year alone we gained 2,269 new members and grew at a rate nearly four times faster than the previous year. I guess a franchise first Super Bowl victory will do that to a blog. So a sincere thank you to all of you out there who read and comment every day. I know I sound like a broken record of awful cliches when I say this but I really wouldn't keep doing this if it weren't for all of you. I would like to think, however, that this place could live on if I were ever to leave.
But we can't stop there. The Saints have a championship to defend and we've got a team to love and criticize some more. To help Da Chronic take the next step towards credibility in this ever changing media landscape, I'm coming out of the closet. Some of you guys have already noticed that I've decided to change the name with which I write under and included a picture of myself. Same great Saintsational, brand new taste. I don't expect this will get me any greater access with the team. That possibility doesn't exist under the Payton regime and I'm truly fine with that. Wouldn't want to lose my fan perspective anyway. But if we're going to beat major news outlets to breaking Saints stories (compare the timestamps on various Alex Brown stories yesterday; we're in there) and try to be a small time role player in the grand scheme of internet sports media, then I want readers to trust what they're reading and know I stand behind what I put on the front page. I think my real name helps toward that end.
So join me in celebrating this momentous day for our momentous website, won't you? I would like to consider this thread open all day for any talk about Canal Street Chronicles - past, present and future. Share your favorite CSC moment or J1k story, tell us about what this place means to you or make a suggestion about what you'd like to see in the future. Whatever you want. Let it out.
P.S. - Check out the new community poll on the left. Then rock the vote.