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Well, well, well… Metzer finally decides to post on his own website! Strange, I know… sorry for the lack of posts here from yours truly. I have allowed myself to fall into a trap as of late… that of having some responsibilities in other places that have pulled me away from my home. Mix in a quick mini trip to Washington DC and you have what we had here last week… a window of five-plus days without anything for you to consume.

I want to apologize for that.

Personally, it annoys the hell out of me to go to a website and see that it hasn’t been updated and I am sure that you all feel the same. I tried to build up a team of individuals who would assist with keeping the site updated and fresh while I was off doing work for some other entities, but that isn’t working as well as I had intended. I can’t say that I blame the crew for not making the site a huge priority in their lives, as they are probably thinking that I haven’t done so myself.

Well, let me be the first to tell you that the above isn’t true. This site is a huge priority for me and something that I have big plans for. I will say that I have gotten a bit complacent at times based on my overall disgust with what I have seen in the blog-o-sphere over the past year or so, but I have slowly been working through my issues and have come to realize that I am sort of a grand dad in these ranks. Being bitter about things that I see and hear and sort of retreating does nothing but hurt myself, the site and you guys who have been so supportive over the years.

The plan moving forward with FTP is to make it the antithesis of all that I have become jaded with. It needs to be the anti-everything that has annoyed me over the past 12 to 15 months. I have and have had an unprecedented level of access to our team here in Pittsburgh as well as others around the league for a number of years. That access will become your access…  let me know what you all want to see, read, hear etc. I can make it happen for you… I miss the feedback that I used to get in my previous home, please feel free to drop me a line regarding any like, dislike or request moving forward.

I promise you guys that moving forward I will find a way to have daily updates here for you. Be it a brief blurb on a line-up change, some NHL happening or links to information that you should all be aware of. Maybe even just a quick rant on some misc. subject…

I am not sure where or when it happened, but I sort of lost my identity. I want to get it back… I want to get back to doing a lot of the fun stuff that I used to do in my early blogging days… song blogs, playlists, Just Sayings, analysis, Burning Questions, Two Minutes With, all around insights etc.

I think I spent a little too much time over the past couple seasons worrying, listening to others and morphing into something I don’t necessarily want to be. The cool thing is that I have still managed to keep moving forward and have been provided with some amazing opportunities. Those opportunities will only enhance what we are doing here at FTP.

I appreciate you all allowing me this mini rant/soul searching session. I just wanted to let you all know what was going on etc. As I said, things are going to get pretty exciting around here and I would hope that you are all going to be a part of it…

Quickly before wrapping up I just wanted to share a bit about what has been pulling me away a bit.

In case you didn’t know, I am a regular contributor to Versus.com. I am their main host for NHL and College Football chats, I write a weekly fantasy hockey column that is published on Wednesdays, I do their NHL Power Rankings that are published on Mondays and provide additional analysis, insight and blogging as needed.

I am still the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for XM Home Ice and have been for five seasons. I usually post the times and dates of my appearances on Twitter and Facebook…

The above wouldn’t necessarily be all that tough to manage, but unlike some of the youngsters who have popped up in the scene, I have to work for a living. Hockey blogging doesn’t necessarily pay the bills (though it is starting too!), so I have to maintain my job at a local Non-Profit that is involved in the Human Services field. That keeps me busy for 50-plus hours a week in addition to my duties covering games, practices and pressers as often as I can. (not a complaint, just pointing out why I am not always able to be at all of the Southpointe skates that others are)

Lastly, I want to thank my team here at FTP. My comments above were not meant to be a slight to any of you in any way. All of you have been amazing and I look forward to working with you all as we move into the future.

In case there are some of you that aren’t familiar with my team, they are as follows: Todd Wyant (OneSmugPug), Keith Filling (Tangent Man), Cameron Walsh, Amber Alexander, Dan Scifo, Jim Butler and of course our great designer Ryan Lenocker.

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Heath

    November 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’ll let you slide, Metz. Just this once 😉

  2. Buts

    November 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Rock and Roll Metz!!!!

  3. Walshy

    November 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    you know we have your back brother….