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Stepping down...

Discussion in 'American Football' started by RaiderRay, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    Well guys, I have made the tough decision to step down from most of my duties here at BoltTalk. My life is getting busier, and I feel that I will not be able to give the same attention in maintaining and promoting BoltTalk like I did over the last 2 years.

    When I first started BT in June of 2005, I had no idea what I was going to do with it or what it was going to become. I wanted to create a place for Charger fans to go to for all their news, and wanted to put out a podcast where I can share my thoughts on the team. It was real cool to have folks come and visit the site, and download the podcast. Just getting as little as 5 listeners to download the show was motivation enough to keep going. All of a sudden there were 20, 30, 50 listeners. Now we have at least 700+ people, who tune in to each show. Not bad for a couple of amateurs. And the site traffic as grown so much in just 2 years, that we are now having to move it to a dedicated server.

    But the best part of my BT experience, was merging with Thumper @ talkbolts.com and creating this great Charger/community on the net, and meeting all you great Charger fans. Last season was huge for the site and community. Our forums blew up, and it's all because of you all. BoltTalk is all about the Charger fans. Casual, die-hard, it doesn't matter. We embrace any football fan to this site, and never discriminate. We made our presence felt during training camp, at the tailgates, roadtrips, etc. We have BoltTalk forum members/listeners from all over the world. Australia, Japan, Europe, America. Just check out our fan map and you'll see how far we have reached people. It's so freaking cool to hear the thanks of Charger fans from around the world for having such a great place for them to come talk Chargers football.

    So what does "stepping down" mean for me? Well for one, I will no longer be the webmaster for BoltTalk.com going forward. Updates and changes to the front page will be done by Concudan, or Thumper. Also, I leave the continued growth of BoltTalk in the hands of Thumper, his team, and all of you. In my eyes, there is no one owner of BoltTalk. It's OUR site, OUR community, OUR online family and all is welcome to be part of that.

    As far as the podcast goes, I will continue to do the weekly show with my co-host Loren Casuto (PostAntEaterCharger) for the time being. Loren as you guys have seen, has a real talent for talk radio. I thank him for all his contributions and for being my partner on the BoltTalk Podcast. So, we'll keep on keeping on with the show. I just won't be the guy posting the news articles and updating the look of the BoltTalk Blog. Also, I will no longer be the main contact for questions regarding advertising or the site. However, I will continue to be part of the BoltTalk family, and help out whenever I can.

    Before I forget, I want to give special thanks to a few people who have helped me out the last 2 years. The writers: MadMike, Clint Muhe, Thunderstruck, Boltarious, Thumper, PostAntEaterCharger, P.S. Hamilton. The creative artists; ChargerBoy, BasPilot, Concudan. The Podcast co-host; OCA619, Bengalfan, & Loren Casuto. Thanks to the UT forum and GTP for allowing me to promote the podcast during it's infancy on their site. Thanks to Skiman, who at the very beginning helped with the forums. Thanks to all the BT moderators and staff members. Thanks to Trumpet Man for allowing us to sponsor his kick *** tailgates. Thanks for my wife and kids for their support and for dealing my 24 hour Chargers addiction. Finally thanks to all of you for supporting me and our Charger fan site.

    Whew..this is my longest post. Anyways, BT, will always be part of me, so I'll always be part of it cheering on our Chargers. Thanks for your time, and I'll see you guys on the boards, and on Thursday night's during on the live podcasts. For site questions please contact Thumper or Concudan. :icon_toast:

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  2. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    Is this another post padding, attention getting thread?:icon_shrug:
     
  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Nah, Ray's taking a break from being the specialist tech guy for Bolttalk. We're still doing the show and Ray's still going to be on the boards but he's not doing alot of the technical stuff like updating the front page with Articles and the like.

    Thanks for the kind words Ray and for all your work:tup:
     
  4. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    Who??? :icon_huh:


    WELL DONE RAY!!!
     
  5. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Thanks Ray! :icon_toast:

    (not for stepping down, but rather for your efforts in creating an excellent web forum)
     
  6. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ray. Cool site.:tup:

    Just had to check the waters before I dove in. Seen too many get suckered into a "This is my last post" or "goodbye cruel world" threads.:lol:
     
  7. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    SEE YA!!!
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    Nah, JK... thanks for all of your hard work, man. I love this place!:abq2:
     
  8. PosterFormerlyKnownAsCBF

    PosterFormerlyKnownAsCBF Well-Known Member

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    Well said, Ray. You WILL be attending games/tailgaters, right? :icon_toast:
     
  9. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Ray, thank you for all your hard work. I have enjoyed getting to know you over the past year, and look forward to partying with you and your wife again this upcoming season. We're gonna have to catch an away game together at the new Trophy's they're building in Eastlake and I'll buy you a beer.

    Once again, THANKS MAN!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Carrie1219

    Carrie1219 Banned Banned

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    Ray,

    You will most definitely be missed at BT. :(

    I'm so glad you'll continue doing the weekly the Podcasts.
     
  11. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Well the retirement fever has hit it appears.

    It has been indeed a collaborative effort on many fronts but somehow I feel if Concudan does not screw this up:icon_eek: , it can go even further.

    Props for all the hard work. :tup:

    Raising a family, doing your job and keeping leisure in line is a lot of leg work. I blame this on him. :yes: and partially on Thumper for leaving to find sasquatch up in wilds of the Pacific Northwest. That dude gets some of the heat as well. :lol:

    Now, I have to get Concudan to sponsor the tailgaters with his home Brewed beer which by the way is quite tasty. :icon_toast:

    Bottom line is that all you neanderthals who keep wishing for that Lombardi will always be welcomed no matter our record or differences or levels of impairement. :icon_toast:

    Don't just "show up" ..... "be there" !! :helm1: :bolt2: :abq2:
     
  12. VAN DE MAN CHARGER FAN

    VAN DE MAN CHARGER FAN BoltTalker

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    Thanks Ray. u got a sweet podcast goin here man
     
  13. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    Thank you Ray. You and Thumper started this community and it is going into something great.

    A place where Charger fans can come and share ideas and set up get togethers...

    Thanks for everything.
     
  14. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    As hard as I have tried, I have not pisssed off Ray.... :icon_huh:

    You and Thumper YES :yes: but Ray?


    .....that dude has shields.

    He was touched by AJ is nearest I can figure. :helm1:
     
  15. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

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    Pissed me off? What you have never pissed me off....


    :lol:

    :icon_rofl:

    Sorry I couldnt say that with a straight face....
     
  16. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    Thank You Ray for all that you have done here. I know you'll still be involved in some capacity, but I know the effort you've put into this website and community and understand your wanting to take a step back. I'll see you at the tailgaters. This is going to be season for all Charger fans to remember.
     
  17. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    Tony, I can honestly say that you've never pissed me off. It's the truth.
     
  18. Nomadic Bolt Fan

    Nomadic Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for you have done Ray. Bolt Talk is the only place I visit now. Everyone involved makes this the best Charger Fan site on the net. :tup:
     
  19. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    you never pissed me off, hell you filled in for me one day man
     
  20. PosterFormerlyKnownAsCBF

    PosterFormerlyKnownAsCBF Well-Known Member

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    Nah, when Trumpy said he was leaving, we all knew it was "beverage" induced.

    In your case, we all had a party and blew our minds on some good...oh...wait...that was supposed to be a secret. :icon_rofl:
     
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  21. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    ............i was there but i don't remember that :icon_huh: :icon_huh:
     
  22. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    RAY:icon_toast:

    Thanks for giving us a Home!:abq1: :icon_bow:
     
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  23. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Your patience and wisdom will be missed!:icon_sad:

    You are one of the original founders and one of the reasons I still hang around this joint. Even if I dont say it.

    Hope you'll still come to the tailgaters!:yes:
     
  24. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Great work here, Bro!! :yes: :tup: :icon_toast:
     
  25. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

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    Cheers Ray..ypu've put alot of effort in and i'm glad that it has worked out:tup: :tup:
     
  26. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers..F the LA Chargers, Go Irish Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    Thank you all for the kind words. You guys are the reason that this place rocks. :tup:
     
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  27. Electric Chair

    Electric Chair Well-Known Member

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    Rock on Ray, great site. Still awaiting payment on the stickers.


    :abq2: :abq2: :abq2:
     
  28. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    You got paid in bourbon! :yes:

    Do you need some more? We might need more stickers. :icon_tease:
     

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