Espn’s Colin Whyte writes about Shayboarder

19 Aug, 2009

As a blogger I never expected to be recognized by snowboard media but every time that I meet the writers/editors that helped shape snowboarding I am taken aback that they know of the site.  Last month,’s Colin Whyte approached me about doing a Q & A about and I was really honored to have my work be the subject of choice.  The article is now up on so click on the photo to make your way to read Colin’s amazing writing and drop some comments on the article.


The full article is on espn snowboarding here

I had difficulty getting the full story to load but it just required some empty cache and refreshes to get it to come up.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. claudi
    August 19, 2009

    really glad to hear about the attention you get. they’re right and you deserve it!!

  2. fatty P McGee
    August 19, 2009

    something is wrong with that link me thinks

  3. August 19, 2009

    yea, I want to read the full story but that link takes me to a blank page… congrats on the article though!

  4. JB
    August 19, 2009

    Shay I’m echoing the comments above I can’t get the story to come up at all. On a side not for you to keep this alive … I think it would be helpful to other bloggers and readers to understand how you got a story about on ESPN (do you know Colin, Did he seek you out, how long has this been rumbling around). Good coaching moment for everybody else. Also, share what impact this had to your traffic! Congrats on this though good opportunity for you….

  5. claudi
    August 19, 2009

    shay writes in her article above: “it just required some empty cache and refreshes to get it to come up.”

    same here, had to try about 10-15 times. So empty your caches and press reload as often as you can 🙂

  6. August 19, 2009

    Colin said they are working on making the link work so it’s not needing to be refreshed and the cache emptied to pull it up. So hopefully it works soon 🙂

    JB, I’ll definitely talk about it. I’ve never met Colin but I know of him (big reader of Future when he was the editor) and he emailed me in the past to help with a question I had. Colin came to me about doing a article on in late July and we got the ball rolling with questions and my answers in late July. Since then it’s been a waiting game to see when it would go up on espn snowboarding.

    The increase in traffic, I’ll know more as the day goes on. Definitely higher numbers for today but the link is also having an issue so we shall see.

    Thanks for the support and good wishes on the article.

  7. Steve
    August 19, 2009

    I was having trouble, but I just cleared my cache and browsing history then refreshed the page and it came right up.

    Its awesome that you’re getting the attention! Congrats!

  8. Bruizza
    August 19, 2009

    You are doing some AWESOME things Shay!!

  9. August 19, 2009

    You’re kind of a big deal shay! haha

  10. jill
    August 19, 2009

    cool website! just read your article about the action sports lawyer.

  11. lisevolution
    August 19, 2009

    Colin’s a super straight shooter and a kick ass writer to boot. Glad he was able to recognize the following you’ve developed here at Shayboarder. Congrats on the article and I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Zoe
    August 19, 2009

    STOOOKED! Congratulations Shay, you are totally doing somethign awesome in life 🙂
    Keep up the amazing work!

  13. Gary
    August 19, 2009

    Congrats shay. That is very cool!

  14. myach
    August 19, 2009

    that’s awesome shay!

  15. August 19, 2009

    Damn, ESPN, congrats!

  16. August 19, 2009

    Congrats SHAY!

  17. Brett
    August 19, 2009

    Very cool Shannon. I had to hard refresh the page (CTRL+F5) to get it to come up. wow!

  18. MSTR Spliff
    August 19, 2009

    Congrats Shay! Very awesome, keep on keepin on!!!

  19. k
    August 19, 2009

    I followed it from facebook and it was all good.

    Nice article, congratulations! It’s been 2 years huh. Doesn’t feel that long. Soon enough we’re going to be throwing anniversary parties for it =]

  20. JT
    August 19, 2009

    Nice, this is awesome.. Got the link to work after a refresh. Solid read, and I’m super stoked for you!!!

  21. August 19, 2009

    The link should be working just fine now, it was fixed earlier today.

    Thanks so much for the amazing comments everyone, I am so lucky to have great readers backing me and wanting good things for me. I really appreciate all the love, support and great words!

    Lets just say it was a great anniversary present to have Colin write about the site.

  22. jb
    August 19, 2009

    Echoing Shay’s comment…link is now working!

  23. August 20, 2009

    So to answer JB’s question about traffic because of the espn article, between that and Transworld Business also linking to the site and the article, my traffic was about 45% more than normal. So yesterday was a great day on the blog!

  24. JB
    August 20, 2009

    Sounds like a nice boost. Always interested what endemic and non-endemic media provide in terms of traffic acceleration. I hope the newcomers stick around and bookmark

  25. August 21, 2009

    !! traffic shmaffic !! its gotta be great to read an article that gives you so much props! I really enjoyed reading about you in the 3rd person instead of just reading your writing in the first person.

    I’ve never heard of transworld business… what is that? I guess I could ask you in the ask shay section but i’m already here 🙂

  26. August 21, 2009

    Thanks JB, definitely it is cool to check it out.

    Martin, haha yeah definitely rad to get the props and from peers who I really admire is the raddest thing ever. I made sure my family saw it and they were all stoked.

  27. August 24, 2009

    Way to go, Shay! This is great recognition for your hard work and a very inspiring story.

  28. August 24, 2009

    This is awesome! Inspiring story indeed. Shows that hard work and dedication pays off.

  29. August 25, 2009

    Congrats Shay! Keep up the good work.