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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."


I started WIILSHOOT on a cold December day 4 years ago with the intent of aggregating and cross-promoting participation in the various clubs. To that end, I think I achieved a wild success...

See, back then, most clubs weren't on Facebook. Back then most clubs didn't publish a schedule. Back then a competitor from, say, McHenry IPSC wouldn't know where to go after the season ended...

Today, however, things are different. And better. People post things into community groups on Facebook (IL IDPA and IL USPSA) and people are much better connected regarding the ins-and-outs of the various clubs in the region. In essence, it has become a true community, not just one dude trying frantically to update all the club calendars when they've made changes...

Don't get me wrong, though: This has been an unbelievable tool to get to know a lot of the clubs and awesome people working at them. It has been an unbelievable stepping stone for guys like Jason Carillo and Chris Kozell to get the recognition they deserve! It has been a great family, which will continue, even though the site will not...

I'm going to leave the calendars up, as-is, for the remainder of the season, then will be taking WIILSHOOT down...

Years from now, when you see a dude with a faded, WIILSHOOT shirt or jersey tearing it up at a local match maybe say "hi" and reminisce about the good 'ol days...

















(PS Some of you may appreciate the Douglas Adams reference...)