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Be excellent to each other!

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We're into a new year and a little under half the season is over so it seems like as good a time as any to address the blog.

As always, I need to start out with thank you's and atta-boy's.

I humbly thank everyone that reads this blog.  I applaud those of you that contribute to the community with comments, FanPosts, FanShots, Forum posts, and chat room comments.  It gives me great joy to know that we've built a place where other Celtics fans can gather online and share our passion for the greatest franchise in all of sports (my biased but justifiable opinion).

SBNation sent us out our community stats so I thought I'd share them with you.  Here's a list of the most frequently commenting members.

Most FanPosts
CAPTAINBLOOD 25
Ted Alexander 22
Thick And Thin 17
The Next Banner 16
ConnorMurphy 15
EddieS2010 14
MPLBaller 13
Tom Bisson 13
RedSox19 12
Agent413 11

Most FanShots
Chris Faulkner 54
Jeff Clark 26
wjsy 25
Drew Garrison 15
shamus_clancy 9
ReemPharaoh 6
MFST 2
Kevin O'Connor 2
bostonhomer 2
celticsfanfromphilippines 1

Most Comments
ed schultzz 7716
ShepherdCall 7522
clover 6639
mmmmm 4832
mooocows4 4492
GreenCeltics 3512
GaroppolosClipboard 3465
omitasub 3097
Axel Ropp 2568
DeLo45 2548

Cheers to you frequent posters!

Don't see your name on the list?  I guess you better get posting then!

Don't have an account yet?  Why not sign up today?  I think you'll be surprised how fun it can be to interact here and we do our best to create a fun and safe environment for our community.

To that end, please keep in mind my golden rule of posting on this blog...

Respect each other!

Basically treat everyone else the way you'd want to be treated.  If someone has a different opinion than you, that doesn't mean it is your job to shame them or shout them out of that opinion.  Different views are part of what gives this community color and variety.  Let people be themselves.  Keep this in mind in particular as trade season gears up.

If you are called names or otherwise feel attacked, please don't feel like you can respond in kind.  Notify me or the mods and we'll take care of it.  Note: we can't be everywhere at all times so please be patient if we miss some things.

Oh, I can't forget to thank the wonderful staff we have here at CelticsBlog.  It is a great team of writers, editors, moderators, and more that make this machine keep chugging along and they are very much appreciated.

Here's to another great year and may we find ourselves raising another banner before too long.

Cheers and God bless,
Jeff Clark