The main reason I continue to do this blog is for myself. It gives me an opportunity to post various thoughts and projects I work on. I have learned a lot about the history of hockey while doing research for some of my posts. Doing it for myself helps to explain my posting frequency. I do it when I wanna do it.
But I have to admit, I get pretty pumped when I find links to my blog. Last year a link to my post that imagined if a certain Seals-Canadien trade had never taken place. I stumbled across it while reading the comments on a blog entry on a popular Montreal Canadiens blog. They sued a tiny url to link it so if I had never stumbled across that particular post, read that particular comment and bothered to click the link, I would have never known.
Another time while trying to do research for my Gordie Howe Hat Tricks blog, I found someone on a hockey forum posting a link to one of my blog posts to validate a point they were trying to make.
Just recently, I was checking my site statistics when I notice I was getting hits from Wikipedia. My Perry Berezan: The Lost Cards post is being used as a reference for the Steve Smith (ice hockey, born in Scotland) entry. I have no idea why they would use my post. It just proves you should double check anything you read on Wikipedia.
While finding links takes the cake, getting post-related comments are cool too. For the bloggers out there, do you ever check your traffic sources for your blog? Any in particular stand out to you?