Welcome back CQN! You were missed.
There are many of us who spend what seems like countless hours perusing Celtic Quick News. And with the number of comments regularly exceeding 1,000 per day it is clear that a large number of us are not only avid readers, we also have plenty to say.
But we have been unable to get our CQN fix since Sunday evening.
The final part of a mammoth IT project to move the blog to a new server, and to a new blogging platform in WordPress, has been an understandably lengthy one. For the technically minded, DNS resolution and propagation was the time consuming part. But for most of us it has simply been a case of wearing out the F5 button as we looked for the blog’s return.
The old saying about absence making the heart grow fonder really is true.
It is several years now since I first discovered Celtic Quick News and began positing regularly. CQN is the best place on the net to find out what’s happening at my club, bar none. The debates can sometimes be fraught, which is inevitable as we all have a great passion for Celtic – well, all apart from Ed and one or two others, of course.
There are many knowledgeable posters who offer tremendous insight into the financial side of football. There can be few football blogs anywhere in the world that have such detailed discussions of annual accounts and financial plans as a regular feature. I even know what amortisation is now.
Our gracious host, Paul67, cannot have known just what he had started when he created CQN. It has grown like Topsy. Debates now regularly span subjects far from football. Racing tips are common, political discussions dominated at election time and then there is the legendary music night shift (© pablophanque.).
Many posters also use the blog as an opportunity to seek advice or information on the most esoteric of topics. Some very strange questions get asked. But there is usually someone who can provide an answer.
What makes CQN unusual in the cyber world is that so many real friendships have been formed. Many regular posters are no longer just guys with strange blog names but are people whom I know well and can count as personal friends.
And then there’s the charitable side of things. In the traditions of our club, regular events are held to raise funds for a wide range of good causes. The annual golf day in July is a highlight of the calendar as is the Fives tournament. And I am proud to have added the Quiz Night to the roll of honour.
The wonderful Brining Martin Home campaign also had its beginnings on CQN. A worldwide fundraising effort was launched by just a few posters, and it took off from there in a quite amazing fashion.
So today we see the new CQN. WordPress is a fine blogging system and I’m sure that CQN will continue to go from strength to strength. I just hope that there are not too many new blog names to try to recognise.
Thanks to everyone who makes this blog such a great place to come every day.
And special thanks to Paul67 who continues to devote his time and money so that we can all enjoy his creation.
Is CQN more than just a blog?