You’re in all probability conscious, however in case you are not, Vox Media/SB Nation introduced final Friday that it will be shutting down nearly their whole NHL community on the finish of February, together with us right here at Broad Street Hockey. The information got here as a shock to us, regardless of worsening circumstances for us working right here on the weblog over the past 12 months or so.
Pressure got here from above for us — and the remainder of our buddies on the different NHL blogs — to give attention to clickbait, to overlook about high quality and give attention to amount and clicks. Nothing was extra vital than making certain that the corporate made as a lot advert income as doable. And, in a vacuum, Vox Media wanting to maximise the cash comprised of our website and all of the others makes excellent sense. In a vacuum, we would like clicks too! We need to be THE place for Flyers followers to return for perception, evaluation, and enjoyable. But we need to try this with high quality, as we all the time have. That has been exhausting to do over the course of the final a number of years, as we have been requested to do extra with much less.
For reference, most of our writers right here at BSH are paid $100 monthly for two articles per week. That’s $12.50 per article. And we’re one of many fortunate websites; as a bigger market with all of you unimaginable readers, we got one of many bigger budgets within the NHL community to work with. Some of our colleagues at different websites wrote for $50 a month. Some weren’t paid in any respect. The level right here, the rationale I’m telling you all this, is as a result of it is vital to grasp that none of us are right here for cash. We’re right here as a result of we love doing this, we love this silly crew, and principally we love all of you and what we have created right here, collectively.
Which is why we’re decided to maintain this neighborhood alive.
What will that appear to be? I have no idea. I do not know the place we are going to go, what it will likely be known as, or once we will get there. But we’re going to get there. I do know this as a result of now we have extremely good, achieved, well-connected individuals within the SB Nation NHL household (like Taylor Baird over at Defending Big D and our personal inimitable Steph Driver) who I’m assured will discover us a brand new residence the place we are able to proceed to deliver you the very best in fan-driven Flyers content material.
This is the place you are available. If you may have a while, we might recognize it in case you may take this quick survey to inform us somewhat bit about who you’re. Knowing who makes up our neighborhood will enable us to know what we must be going ahead and the way we are able to be sure that we’re bringing you what you need as we transition into the way forward for Broad Street Hockey.
We’re not going to go quietly, buddies. So stick to us.