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For many people, the Internet remains largely a mystery.  It is a place to locate the occasional news item, maybe to purchase some products or for the really adventurous, a place to post photos for family and friends to see.

Now I don't profess to be being an expert in the fields of the Internet or websites, but being an IT consultant usually means that you use the Internet for something more than the family photo album.  You learn very quickly that "Support Forums", "FTP sites", "My-SQL" and "PHP" are not "geek speak", but are a useful and often very efficient way of communicating and sharing information.

All websites have to start somewhere.  Even the major sites like CNN News, MySpace, Facebook and Amazon started small, and grew.  The major issue that vexes all websites owners is the best way to get a website to grow.  This is especially true of a website dedicated to a community such as the Sydney Veterans Hockey competition.

A couple of people have mentioned to me that they find it amusing that all the articles on the site are submitted by me.  One of the tactics that many websites use to increase their patronage is to use "plants" - people tasked with posting articles under fake names to give the impression of a large user base.  Personally, I am vehemently against that.  I see it as deceitful and dishonest.  I would much rather allow the website to grow under it's own natural steam.

But in order for that to happen, it needs others to contribute.  This could be in the form of simply signing up as a member.  Maybe the next step is for someone to try doing what I am doing right now, and submitting a blog entry.  Of course, you could always try writing a hockey related News Article and submitting that for publication.  If someone else starts doing these kind of things, before long, the submissions are not all from one person, and the website can grow and prosper for us all to benefit.

Of course, the primary purpose of the website is to publish detailed statistics about the competition.  I would love to be able to provide team and player statistics for all clubs and teams.  But in order for that to happen, I would need someone from each team to provide me with these details after each game.  Why not give it a go - email me your playing roster, goal-scorers, cards (hopefully none) and a match report after each game, and I'll be happy to add them to the results I already publish.

Author Info
Mark Matheson
Chief Bottle Washer
Mark is the former President of the Sydney Masters Hockey Association and is a current NSW manager in the Over 40's age group. When he is not working in the hockey community, Mark runs an IT Consultancy offering IT Management and business process change services.


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