Cannon Blasts: A Delayed Official Welcome

Good morning, and welcome to Cannon Blasts! Here you'll find a quick collection of links from around the Blue Jackets, hockey and sports worlds. What better way to start your day?

I joined the Jackets Cannon team back in - goodness gracious, have I seriously been with the site since October? Wow - late October and kind of just jumped into the mix. I started doing only social media updates (more specifically, I was doing a ton of twitter, and it was - and remains to be - incredibly fun), but then I caught the writing bug again.

I wrote something here and there, and after a while I wanted to be a more consistent presence on the site and in the writing team, and here we are - every morning (well, recently - sorry about the two-plus month hiatus), we meet to begin the day with some (hopefully) thoughtful insight and then some links.

But I never had an "official" welcome post. Which is fine and dandy - you don't write (or, at least, you shouldn't write) for the recognition, you do it for the passion. Having said that, I'm going to be a bit greedy and selfish and take today's preamble as my welcome post.

As I was putting together today's links, it hit me - I'm a member of the Jackets Cannon writing staff. I know, that sounds silly, but it's pretty awesome. I've only been a Blue Jackets fan since the 2012/13 season after settling on Columbus after my hometown Thrashers left for Winnipeg. My first to-do once I officially settled on the Jackets was to look up all the blogs so I could learn as much as possible as soon as possible. And, of course, the Cannon was one of the places I went to time and time again.

I said earlier I caught "the writing bug 'again'", and that's because I have written about the Blue Jackets prior to my time with the Cannon. I was a contributor, and eventual editor, for another CBJ site, Union and Blue, during the 2014/15 season.

And, I'll leave it at that. Just a quick intro, especially since we kind of know each other by now. I do want to thank Mike for trusting me to bring me aboard, as well as the rest of the staff for making me feel welcome. And, finally, thank you, the reader. I love seeing the conversations you guys have in the comments of these Blasts every day and the best part of watching games now is interacting on twitter - be it you reacting to a not-so-funny joke I made or even just a retweet and favorite. It's all appreciated and it's why I love doing...well, this.

Okay, enough about me. That'll be it, I promise. Lets get to some links. Happy Friday, by the way.

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