Nerve Center

by Ryan

One of the most frustrating parts about writing is getting feedback. Or maybe it’s not getting feedback. Either way the process is unnerving, especially online. The critics can be faceless names sniping because you used the wrong clause or plural possessive in a throwaway post. Then there’s the hours of work put into one post you’re completely satisfied with, only to get torn apart for the simplest of reasons. Worse yet, that post sits untouched for all eternity while spam comments linking Brittany Spears porn tear at its dead carcass.

It’s easy to get discouraged, and that’s why going out and meeting people last night was so much fun. Meeting a dozen or so bloggers in person reminds you that the people you talk to actually do exist. They are interesting, tangible human beings that have jobs and families and even are allowed to live above ground. Best of all, they love hockey and want to talk about it.

One of the problems with being a Sabres blogger is that there is very little recognition that you exist. Most of the media views you as an odd threat to the sanctity of the fourth estate. Many teams, especially the Sabres, view bloggers as passionate-but-overbearing critics that are never satisfied with anything. To them the unwashed masses don’t understand much of anything, and it seems everyone involved would be better off with their hands inside a giant Sabretooth paw instead of a keyboard.

There is this overarching feeling of rejection or dismissal that seems difficult to justify, really. It’s not about press passes or asking Tim Connolly questions in the locker room, but rather the feeling that your opinions matter. I mean, why shouldn’t they? Some people blog about other teams because they feel the media doesn’t do an adequate job covering them. That’s not why we’re here. We just want to watch games and talk about them and feel like it matters.

Last night it did, and that’s a pretty cool feeling. So thanks to everyone that came out. It was nice to meet you guys and get excited about hockey again. I’m sure we’ll do it again.

Oh, and the Sabres suck. Trade everyone.


  1. I wish I could have been there last night. Hopefully I’ll make the next one.

  2. Keep up the good work!! If ya remember let me know next time you guys are planning one of these, I’d love to come hang out.

  3. Aw, good one Ryan. Last night was a hoot. Great to see you again.

  4. Too bad I couldn’t make it out last night (I had to work), but let me know the next time there is a blogger get together, I’d love to join!

  5. Yay! for this post! It was great to kind of sort of not quite meet you, Ryan. Heh. Next time I do want to hear all about Mick Cochrane. Among other things.

  6. NoUseForANickname

    “One of the problems with being a Sabres fan is that there is very little recognition that you exist”

    Fixed your post.

  7. Mark B

    Nice post. If you guys make the next get together on a Saturday, I’ll have a better chance of going.

  8. Ryan — USRT blog will soon be three years old, and one of the best things of doing this all this time is enjoying the camaraderie, friendship and fellowship of the network of sports bloggers. All truly extraordinary people!

  9. Great post, as usual. Sorry I couldn’t make it out but I hope to catch y’all next time!

  10. lulu

    Also wish I could have made it (as a reader/commenter I feel like I know all you bloggers) but want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your thoughtful and nicely written posts. You are appreciated by me!