This isn’t really a goodbye. We’re just moving the party down the street, to a new address. The furniture will look a little different, and the dog might be confused for a couple days, but before long it will feel like home.
The new blog site will be located at www.LAKingsInsider.com. I suppose it would be an understatement to say that I hope you visit, starting tomorrow! The blog will be my main platform, for breaking news, opinion and discussion, while game stories, notebooks, features and the like will be featured prominently on LAKings.com, and also will be easily found by visiting the blog.
To address the main question I’ve been getting about the new blog, yes, commenting will remain. The ground rules will not change. No profanity, no personal attacks, no persistent, blatant, antagonistic drubbing of the same points. They’re simple rules and they have served us well so far, so there’s no reason to change. It might take a couple days to figure out the best way to moderate the comments, but they will continue to be a staple of our community.
There’s also no reason to change the content of the blog. It’s been the subject of endless — and I do mean endless — conversation, but I will continue to stress the same point I’ve made consistently for the past week: it’s not going to change. I don’t want it to change, and the Kings don’t want it to change, so why would it change? Coverage, as I said last week, will only get more comprehensive. That’s exciting for me and, I hope, for you as well. Anyone who has doubts is welcome to check it out for themselves. As I have said, the proof will be in the product.
The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and I so grateful for that. Thank you for you support and for your trust. Please know this: the money is coming from the Kings, but in my mind I work for the readers, the fans. Everything I do, in writing and reporting, comes from the basic idea that I want to serve the readers the best way possible. You, not anyone in Kings management, will be the ultimate decider of whether this new venture is a success, and that will never be forgotten.
There will be plenty to discuss on the new site. At this point, I just want to express my gratitude to the Daily News. It’s no secret that the newspaper industry is a tough one to work in these days, but I have always been proud to work alongside such talented and dedicated people. There’s nothing quite like working for a newspaper, and I mean that in the best possible sense. People have asked what the future of this blog will be, and honestly I don’t know. I do know that the Daily News values its coverage of the Kings and has always encouraged my desire to cover hockey.
So that’s all for now. I’ll be working tonight on the new site and getting familiar with everything, hopefully ready for a smooth start tomorrow. Please visit www.LAKingsInsider.com!