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Renovation & Comeback Season

Back To Where We Started From

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while. Well, probably not if you follow me on other social media outlets, as I still use those more frequently – probably more frequently than is good for my sanity. Which brings me back here, where it has definitely been a while since my last post.

The start of the hockey season was a busy one for me – as many of you know, I took on an Analytics & Scouting position with the OJHL’s North York Rangers, getting back into the Hockey Operations mix. I also had a bunch of personal things going on – some that many of you know about, others I’ll get around to later, and others I’m happy to just move forward from. Also, I had a pretty nasty sinus infection followed immediately by Covid-19, which is never fun.

All things said, things in the way have cleared up, I’m very happy with my other hockey work, and I want to shift back towards writing on a more frequent basis. As such, I’ve given The Faceoff Circle an overhaul in a couple of ways.

  • The layout has changed, as you can see. This somewhat resembles the original design from 2017, and checks most of the boxes that I’ve been forever looking for in a layout. It’s simple, it’s clean, it loads fast, it lets me organize content well, it works on all devices, and it seems compatible with the plugins used on here (If you notice any issues there, let me know). I also have a shop integration built in now, allowing for links to my old (and upcoming!) merch designs, and other physical and digital items coming in the future.
  • The membership system has changed. This is a big one, as I’d like to get the site generating some more income as I put more effort into it again. For starters, the site started with an in-house system, then pivoted to Patreon. I preferred the in-house system as it made feature-building easier and came with fewer fees, but experimented with Patreon because of some interest on social media. It didn’t really work out. Thankfully, most of the hockey community operates on in-house systems now, suggesting I was just a little ahead of my time here, so it gives good reason to bring the old system back.

If you signed up previously, you should still be able to log in with your previous credentials, or use the lost password wizard on the login page to reset yourself. Again, if you have issues with this, reach out to me and I’ll try to help you out. If you’re just remembering now that you’re paying me money and would no longer like to? Fair enough, and thank you for your previous support – you can follow the instructions here once logged in to cancel your membership.

The previous fixed monthly and annual payment systems have been grandfathered, meaning they can no longer be purchased but still work if you have them. They’ve now been replaced with a pay what you want system. Frankly, I’m not trying to compete against anyone, nor do I want to sit here marketing sales or pitching value propositions. I want to put out work that I think you’ll find interesting, and if you want to support it with some extra features (no ads, comment ability, and some extra access), that’s great. So if you haven’t signed up yet and click any of the links below, you can sign up for as low as $1 per month or year.

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Moving forward, I want to significantly up the amount of written work I’m posting on here. Wasting energy on Twitter threads that lead to toxic arguments seems like more of a distraction than a positive contribution to the community, even if the intentions are to add to the conversation. They’re also just hard to keep track of and reference. My goal moving forward, as visible on the front page, is to have both full-length articles and asides – short, quick, disposable-ish posts that hit on current events. Not quite content-factory “quick hits”, but still a way to get a reaction to something that interests me written without an essay.

I’ve also got some collaborations coming with a few different partners, which should lead to even better content. You’ll want to keep an eye out for that!

All of this is to say: I’m alive, I’ve done some work on the site, it’s finally set up more or less like I wanted it to look and feel four years ago, and I’ve got some time and motivation to sink my teeth back into this. So let’s do it!

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