I caught on in 2005 soon after I had moved temporarily from Boston to Italy. I was so starved for celtics news, I remember I used to hit the refresh button on boston.com celtics page over and over again hoping something new would pop up. I would scour the internet looking for anything related to the celtics and that is how I stumbled upon this site. It's really crazy to think about it, but it has truly changed my life. I'm sure its the same for many of you, but celticsblog is the site that I check most often everyday, as well as the first site that I go to as soon as the internet works. Hell, I only really use the internet to check four or five different sites regularly, but Celticsblog is the one I look forward to the most.
We have an actual community here. I feel strangely familiar with everyone here, their personalities, styles and insights. I feel like I know everyone really intimately even though I've never met a single one of you in person (except for my brother Reggies Ghost.) In fact, I can still remember the day when I introduced him him to the site, and now a few years later he is the "sig master." He's never been the same since that day that I explained to him what celticsblog was all about.
And thinking about my progression on the site is even more entertaining. For the first few years I was purely and completely a guest. I was afraid of opening an account. That sounds weird to say, but I enjoyed so much reading everyone else's insights, and was very intimidated of getting into arguments on my own, even if they weren't face to face and the consequences of disagreeing were small. After a few years I finally got up the courage to create my own account, but even then I hardly ever posted. As you guys can see from my post count, I still don't do it very often. I have incredibly strong opinions about the celtics, and I laugh now at the thought that I get frustrated if there isn't a new article by Jeff every time I refresh the main page, as though he should be on there adding something new every 30 minutes. Hell, if Roy Hobbs doesn't actually look like Gene Hackman from Hoosiers I might have a nervous breakdown. Haha.
But, in the end, Celticsblog feels strangely like a home. No matter where I am in the world, or what I'm doing, if I have an internet connection I can always come back to a place where I feel right.
Thanks Jeff, Celticsblog is definitely deserving of a Hall of Fame.