Monday, 9 May 2016

New Plan

 

Last week I wrote a post about my time constraints when trying to be admin of HockeyJerseyConcepts. After reading that post again recently it left a sour taste in my mouth. How come I'm not doing more to make this work? Surely there's something I can do?

Well there is something I can do!

I'm making some changes to HJC. As a reader you won't have to do anything different except be aware of these changes. Otherwise, keep sending in your concepts and keep leaving comments on each post.


A HJC week will now run Friday to Thursday.
Previously we ran Sunday to Saturday, which makes more sense, but try and work with me here.

My posts informing everyone of the winners and all the new contests and anything else will still take place on Saturdays. As such, Sundays will continue to have a regular concept post (currently written by Caz).

On Thursday (our new last day of the week), concepts can be nominated for COTW up until Friday at Noon Eastern. This allows a fair amount of time on all posts for concepts to be nominated. Any nominations left after the deadline will be disregarded.

COTW and COTY voting will also end every Friday at Noon Eastern. I won't be able to close the polls at this time every week, but every vote comes with a time stamp. Votes left after the deadline will be disregarded.

COTW and COTY nominees and polls will be going up sometime every Friday evening. This will be the most inconsistent thing on HJC now. However looking at voting patterns from nearly the past year it will have ZERO effect on people getting their votes in before the deadline.

Competition entries and voting deadlines will also be Fridays at Noon Eastern.

Now when I sit down to do my admin work every Friday I will have all the winners, nominees, entries, and anything else waiting for me. It will allow me to get things done quicker. For you the reader, it won't change much as you'll still get all of the info on the Saturday post as usual.

Hopefully with these changes I have addressed my concerns as well as yours.

- Ryan
(Blog admin @ HJC)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern

Concepts on HockeyJerseyConcepts.com can only be nominated for the COTW vote up until the Friday of that week at 11:59pm Eastern time. This deadline has come into question recently by those who have had their concepts seconded after the deadline. I hope to use this space to explain the deadline to you. It likely won't be up for debate and I hope you will understand why.

In case you weren't aware, I'm Ryan and I am the admin for HockeyJerseyConcepts. It's up to me to count votes, gather nominees, start and set-up competitions, maintain the blog and its pages, and generally make sure that everything you love about HJC is there for you to access. I sit down in front of my computer every Friday night at 10pm Eastern and begin this lengthy process. Every week it's about a 3-4 hour session. Common sense suggests that breaking up the session into mini sessions throughout the week would be the best thing to do.

I have a family. I have a wife and two young children. My oldest son is only three and a half years old and my daughter is a year and a half. Just like all children, they are filled with energy and are developing their minds and learning about their worlds. It's a very important time for their parents to be heavily involved in their lives. On Saturdays through Thursdays when the kids go to bed I devote my time to my wife. She's my best friend. This leaves Friday night as my night to take care of HJC.

That is how all the 11:59pm Eastern deadlines came about. I literally am sitting at the computer waiting for Saturday to arrive. When it does I close all the polls and gather all of the nominees and try to get all of the information posted on HJC before I go off to sleep. Throw in the inconsistent sleep patterns of two young children and I'm awake until 2am every Friday/Saturday night.

Allowing concepts posted on Sundays six days to be nominated for COTW and only allowing those on Fridays 7.5 hours to be nominated is not fair. Concepts will and have gotten shafted, but it comes back to Friday night is the only time I have to take care of HJC. This is just the way it is.

I am making a slight change which puts less pressure on myself to meet some middle of the night deadlines. Caz will be moving from Sundays to Saturdays. The update post will then take Caz's old spot. However Friday nights still remain as the only available time I have to really devote to HJC.

I've always thought of bringing in an "admin assistant". The biggest hurdle is that this person would have to be just as committed as I am. Essentially I would be asking someone to be available every weekend to help with vote counting and COTW nominees and gathering competition entries. Seriously, how many people want to use their Friday and Saturday nights doing that?

So I will listen to suggestions, but I've run a lot of them through my head and they all have their flaws. Nominating concepts for COTW on a Friday is not fair, but try to keep things in perspective. HockeyJerseyConcepts is a just-for-fun blog where the best concept from the entire year gets a simple $20 plaque. I'm not a programmer and HJC is not my job (I'm a chef). We all just have to make the best of the situations that are given to us.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Jake & Josiah / Hayden & Robin

INTERMEDIATE

Jake M. & Josiah B.


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In my opinion Jake and Josiah are good enough to be in the Advanced Division. What do you guys think? Should they be moved into the Advanced Division? Leave your vote in the COMMENTS.
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ADVANCED

Hayden D. & Robin P.



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There it is. Day 4 presentations. Every group worked really hard so let them know what you think. What did you like? What didn't you like?
Feedback would really be appreciated.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Brooks & Ben / Dylan & Matt

INTERMEDIATE

Brooks F. & Ben S.
Click HERE to view Ben & Brooks' presentation


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ADVANCED

Dylan A. & Matt M.


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There it is. Day 3 presentations. Every group worked really hard so let them know what you think. What did you like? What didn't you like?
Feedback would really be appreciated.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Phil & Steve / J3 & JJ

INTERMEDIATE

Phil B. & Steve M.



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ADVANCED

J3 & JJ


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There it is. Day 1 presentations. Every group worked really hard so let them know what you think. What did you like? What didn't you like?
Feedback would really be appreciated.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dylan & Zeke / William & Vaughn

INTERMEDIATE

Dylan G. & Zeke G.
Click image to view presentation

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ADVANCED

William B. & Vaughn R.


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There it is. Day 1 presentations. Every group worked really hard so let them know what you think. What did you like? What didn't you like?
Feedback would really be appreciated.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Pairs Competition 2016 - TEASERS

Below are the teasers for the upcoming Pairs Competition 2016. Teams of two were asked to create a complete presentation for an new or already existing NHL event. These are their teasers to give you an idea of what's coming and to get you excited about these presentations.

There are two divisions, Intermediate and Advanced. The Intermediate has 3 teams and the Advanced has 4 teams. Each team has their presentation day beside them. Enjoy and good luck to all teams.


INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Dylan G. & Zeke G. (Tuesday)


Phil B. & Steve M. (Wednesday)


Ben S. & Brooks F. (Thursday)


Jake M. & Josiah B. (Friday)


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ADVANCED DIVISION

William B. & Vaughn R. (Tuesday)

J3 & JJ (Wednesday)


Dylan A. & Matt M. (Thursday)


Hayden D. & Robin P. (Friday)



Let these teams know what you think of their teasers. Which teaser has got you really excited for the full presentation? Perhaps there's a teaser here that didn't do the job? These guys worked hard, so let them hear it!