Semi-Blogtirement.

A Live Shot.

Well, I feel like we’ve been moving slowly in this direction anyway.  Fewer posts, fewer riveting discussions, and a struggling baseball team.  Not the friendliest blog environment, but I find myself with less time to work on the blog right now, so as a matter of unfortunate necessity I’ll be cutting back to about two or three posts a week.  I still have far too much fun doing this to stop entirely, but even though I’m sure I make this appear effortless, it takes up a lot of time–this blogging–and if I am ever going to make any money writing, I’ve probably got to spend less time writing for free.  So, I’m going to dedicate a greater portion of my writing time to other projects, and who knows, maybe one day 1,500 pages of assorted scrap will turn into 300 pages of an actual book.

Like I said, I’ll still be posting, I expect a mailbag to go up sometime tomorrow evening, but since I’ll be scaling back, it feels like a decent time to reflect a little bit and thank everyone who has found the time to come and read day after day.  It’s been just over three years now since I started this, and to give you an idea of how far I’ve come–the first post did not even contain a picture.  I would quickly learn that my unattributed photographs were the real draw here, along with the historical academia we explored in the comments section.  If you’ve ever commented here, I am in your debt.  I read several blogs every day and almost never comment on any of them, so if reading the blog takes an effort, participating in the discussion is a true act of heroism.  To the likes of BK, JCK, Q, ZD, Nichols, Kraft, Dub, 76, Aaron, Haas, Rand, Tim, DC and anyone else I’ve missed, I would strongly examine how you spend your time–but yeoman’s work.  Forever grateful.

The best thing about writing this blog, aside from catering to a nasty case of egomania, is that allows me to feel connected to the people who come and read.  For some friends, this has become our medium of communication, which is why I would never give it up entirely.   I think the blog has saved me from losing touch with some great friends, and aside from you all paying $49.95 a month to visit, I’m not sure what more I could have asked for out of this project.

So, what’s it going to look like going forward?  As I intimated above, the mailbag will live on.  Maybe not like clockwork on Wednesday afternoon, but it’ll be there.  The mailbag never gets too many comments, but in my gut it feels critically acclaimed.  I also think it has cut into my daily content.  As you know, I do make up a good number of the questions and pre-mailbag a lot of those might have morphed into full posts.  So, as the perfect catch-all, the mailbag will press on.  SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS!

We’ll also still do D.A. Fantasy Football–if the players are interested.  That’s true innovation, so I can’t abandon that and  let Grantland go on thinking they’ve invented the genre.  I’ll be picking NFL games as well.  That’s a bit of an addiction, and of course, all the other handicappers will still be welcome.  I’m not sure if the posts will continue to be sponsored by beautiful women.  If only more of the deadbeats who came here looking for a picture of Minka Kelly would actually click on another post every once in a while.

Other than that, the content will be familiar, there will just be less of it.  It seems the Phillies do better when I abandon them, so maybe just one long Phillies rant a week will serve them well.  I also promise to continue to bore everyone to death with posts about golf.  And, I pledge to finish my “Best 18,” as well.  Don’t want to quit something like that after 3 holes.

I think that’s it, this honestly shouldn’t change your experience much, I just had to throw it up there so I didn’t feel guilty about the times I couldn’t post.  And it was a good time to say thanks to everyone for the past three years.  If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to check the blog only to see no new posts, I strongly suggest “following.”  Bottom of the screen you should be able to bang in your email address and then you’ll get a notification when the posts go up (Over a dozen people have already made this leap).  It’ll allow you to be wildly discriminatory, as well.  Read what you want.  “1,000 New Ways to Describe Jason Dufner’s Waggles?”  PASS.  “Hershey’s Syrup As a Meal?”  CLICK AWAY.

So, I’ll see everyone tomorrow some time for the mailbag, and then I’ll see you when I see you.