CHI HAS MOVED–UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS! CENTERHOLDSIT.BIGSOCCER.COM

Everyone:

CHI has officially moved shop and our new digs are ready for your viewing pleasure.

Please update your bookmarks to the following!!!

centerholdsit.bigsoccer.com

Now, a little note from your fearless leader.

Last August, I decided to send out a few emails to see who I could get to collaborate on a multi-pundit soccer website. I literally sent out around 30 emails to random bloggers who were doing things on their own, but might want to become involved in something bigger.

Only two of those bloggers responded. Jeff, from It’s a Simple Game, and Breton, from Because I Think Way Too Much About Soccer.

After a series of emails back and forth, I decided to make a site with the three of us all posting about our passion for the game. After thinking long and hard, I christened the site ‘Center Holds It’ and on Monday, August 6th, 2007, the site went live.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have a clue what to expect when the site went up. I was a terrible blogger in the beginning, and found it hard to get going. But, seasoned veterans Jeff and Breton held down the fort and kept this bad boy running day and night.

Since we’ve started CHI, I’ve been interviewed on Spanish Radio, started on a podcast with The Offside, had an article published about me in a newspaper, and have had the opportunity to work with two great individuals, namely Jeff and Breton. I never thought this could come from a PhD student who wanted to blog for a hobby, but after a while, the blogging became part of my life.

Last week, I received an email from Jesse, creator of BigSoccer, asking if we were interested in moving CHI over to Big Soccer. After a series of meetings between CHI and Jesse, and amongst ourselves, we decided it would be a great move for us. Jesse ensured us that CHI would remain intact, and that it would not ‘sell out’.

If you look at our new site, you can see we’ve obviously not ‘jumped the shark’ or ‘sold out’ but rather, just moved to a new home. The three of us will have a chance to post to a wider audience on BigSoccer. You will still see the same types of articles at our new home, and the people you’ve come to know and love.

For the next week, we will all continue to post ‘teasers’ to our BigSoccer posts for everyone to take a look at. Please, I emplor everyone to visit us at centerholdsit.bigsoccer.com and help us settle into our new site. The reason we post is because we have an audience, and the last thing we want to do is lose it. So make sure to come over, register once, and start commenting already.

Right now we are in the process of developing one RSS feed for the site. That will be done in about a week’s time. Until then, you can separately get our feeds by using the following links.

Breton – http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog_external.php?bloguserid=124238
Jeff – http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog_external.php?bloguserid=81327
Ryan – http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog_external.php?bloguserid=124250

I also need to thank Jeff and Breton personally. If it wasn’t for their constant posts and work towards this site, it would never have had a chance. The two of them were truly the backbone of the entire site, and it can be seen in simply the amount and quality of their posts. So guys, I just want to personally thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to CHI. You two are really the reason this site is so popular.

On behalf of Center Holds It, I thank you for the last 8.5 months here at centerholdsit.wordpress.com. The reason we had the opportunity to move is because of everyone who reads us, and I thank each and every one of you for that, I really do.

See you at the new site!

Cheers,

Ryan Knapp
Creator of Center Holds It

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