N.B. As many of SharkTankRugby's frequent visitors will probably now already, I've been away on holiday over the last two weeks. My holiday, initially unbeknownst to myself however, coincided with the first year anniversary of SharkTankRugby and so this piece has come slightly later than originally planned.
One year and eight days ago, July 3rd 2014, SharkTankRugby was officially born. The decision to start a blog dedicated to Sale Sharks was born out of two separate but connected thoughts I held at the time. First on a personal level, I wanted to start a journalistic enterprise that was dependant on my content to encourage myself to continue writing about rugby and the team I support after I left to attend university - where the possibility that I neglected my interest in sports writing without a suitable outlet was entirely possible. The second thought was that as the passionate supporter of Sale Sharks Rugby that I am, I wanted to find a way to broaden my interactions with fellow Sale fans by providing my thoughts and opinions on all topics that arose around the club and subsequently encouraging discussion on those same topics.
Whilst not all of my ideas on how to provide additional Sale Sharks-related content have enjoyed as much success as I’d have liked over the last year, for me personally, running SharkTankRugby has proven to be an exciting, challenging and fulfilling enterprise that has hopefully given the readers of this website as much joy in reading and discussing the articles posted as it has for myself in writing them.
SharkTankRugby at one year old is still very much in its infancy and as interest, readership and its audience continues to grow, my hope is that the blog grows with it. Ideally, SharkTankRugby will eventually become a creative space for multiple rugby writers and Sale enthusiasts to write freely with additional multi-media content for all platforms. The latter may come in the form of a (resurrected) podcast or another idea I’m yet to think of or be suggested.
As always, both now and in the future, I am open to suggestions on how to improve the website for the benefit of all those who visit SharkTankRugby, along with criticisms, thoughts on layout and design, and ideas for features or subjects to cover on the site in the future. As the calendar ticks over and we now look ahead to the impending 2015/16 season, ideas, suggestions and criticisms become all the more important in helping SharkTankRugby build on the foundations it lay down in 2014/15.
Finally I’d like to say a few thankyous to the people who through their interactions, tips, promulgation of articles and the like have helped make running SharkTankRugby such an interesting and gratifying venture.
Special thankyous go out therefore to James Madeley, TheKeg, the operators of the Sale Sharks Fans and #RugbySaleSharks Twitter accounts whose names I unfortunately do not know, Joe Brame, Simon Holman, Stuart Almond Mark Hoddell, Simon (@MuddyDwarf) and everyone else who has read, liked, shared, followed, commented or interacted in any other way with the content featured on the SharkTankRugby blog, be it on Twitter, Facebook, the Fans Forum or the SharkTankRugby website itself. All of you support is greatly appreciated and without which SharkTankRugby could not be possible.
Here’s to many more years.