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Roll Call: Welcoming you to Defending Big D

It's been a little over a month since Defending Big D launched and the blog has started to grow daily. We have slowly climbed the ranks into the top 20 NHL blogs and are in the top 200 sports blogs. The past week we have experienced nearly triple the traffic we enjoyed over the past month and I figured it's time to invite both old and new readers to become a member and make yourself comfortable.

If you come here everyday, let us know you're around and help welcome those new to the community. Sign-in below in the comments and for all you lurkers - now is the time to get active and join the conversation. Post a comment, let us know who you are and where you hail from and what makes you such a big Dallas Stars fan.

Feel free to use this post to give me feedback. How am I doing on providing Dallas Stars coverage to you, the reader? What can I do better and how can I improve?

Help us build Defending Big D into the best Dallas Stars community on the web!

After the jump, a quick tutorial on SBN features.

What makes SportsBlog Nation so great is that this is the perfect forum for the readers to give their input and not just read what I write. On the right hand side of the website there is a section for FanPosts and FanShots. Here is the official welcome guide on each feature:

FanPosts - In Your Own Words - Every community encourages you to write your own blog posts. We call them FanPosts. If you have something to say about a trade, a game, a coach or last night's lousy lineup, take a few moments and express your thoughts in a FanPost. Once your FanPost is published to the blog's homepage, other blog members can recommend and respond to it.

FanShots - Share Your Discoveries - You know that video you found while searching YouTube for highlights of your favorite player? You don't need a full FanPost—the video speaks for itself. FanShots let you easily share quick hits like these with everyone on the blog.

If you see a FanPost or FanShot you think is good, recommend it. Rec'd posts get bumped to the top of the column and generates more conversation on the topic. Feel free to post anything you feel worthy of discussion: I can't think of every single topic that needs to be covered and sometimes you guys can approach something from a completely new viewpoint. For a great example of how these are utilized check out Lone Star Ball and Blogging The Boys.

On the left hand side, there is also link where you can email me with any questions you might have, as well as follow me on Twitter if you feel so inclined.