Monday, July 07, 2008
I began this blog a loooong time ago, way back in March of 2004. Blogging was very new and interesting to me and was a terrific means of blowing off steam in a time of great stress: studying for the bar exam and helping my wife plan our wedding. Since then I've written 998 posts detailing very little thing I could think of about my favorite team. In the interim, I passed the bar exam, got married, bought a house, got my career started. But in the past few months I've been getting tired of the daily blogging grind. Recently I took on extra responsibilities at my office. More work, more time, more stress. No longer has blogging been a stress-reliever. Now I get done with a trial and I have to remind myself: it's been two days since you've posted. Better find something interesting to talk about. I've felt the quality of my work decline for some time. My prose has become more wooden and mechanical. My passion is clearly not present. Lots of people have hobbies and this was mine. Not any more.
These ought to be exciting days to be a Phillies blogger. This team is playoff-bound and could very well play in the World Series. This team could be a champion. These are the days to be a Phillies fan. And that's what I am going to go back to being. A fan. I just want to sit on my couch and watch and not think about something interesting to write about. I just want to be. When I saw the number count on my posts this morning, I knew it was the right move to make. 999 posts. Just one short of that golden 1,000. It's like being a Phillies fan. Just one thing, one win, one player, one moment, short of greatness, of happiness, of contentment.
That's what I plan to be from here on out. A fan. Not a blogger. Not a fan-journalist. Just a fan.
I plan to direct my energies elsewhere. I can't get the baseball bug out of my skin. I plan to write some longer articles on topics that interest me and try to get them published elsewhere. The idea of writing a book has always appealed to me and maybe now I'll have the energy to make that happen. Let's see. But in the here and now I'm content to leave A Citizen's Blog stand alone at 999. My body of work, my legacy.
I enjoyed having you on the Philly Sports Talk Now! show and I would like to have you on in the future as well.
Great job, perhaps you'll reconsider....
I may be working myself into a 'big mac' attack :)
Come on back and visit me and Jimmy on the show please!
Take care, god speed and above all else... go Phillies!
As for the rest of you that commented, thank you very much, I'm deeply gratified by your kind words. I won't be unretiring, however. I took a sabbatical back in '05 when I was getting worn down. This is the end.
Also, your appreciation of history with the Whiz Kids writeup was just fantastic, and awesome to read for someone who wasn't born until 1981.
Best of luck, and hopefully one of your fellow bloggers will pick up the stats-driven approach to fielding and baserunning.
thanks for all your insightful posts! I got into your blog when you were writing about the Whiz Kids and have been a casual reader since. You were critical in me developing interest in the sabermetric aspect of baseball. Thanks again and good luck!
The Whiz Kids feature was absolutely marvelous. Additionally, your Ballpark Analysis, attempting to fuse science into the CBP-bandbox debate was also a classic. I have referred countless friends to this site and it has nurtured a budding interest in Sabermetrics. Get that book done! I'll be looking for it!
Your insights on the Phillies will be greatly missed. As a loyal fan in the age of the Internet, I start each day of the Phillies season - and offseason - with a visit to Philly.com to read the write ups from the Philly Inq and Daily News beat writers, then, without fail, head to your site for real, heavy-hitting, spot-on analysis about our fightin' Phils. Best of luck to you in the future, and I will looking out for that book.
- Paul in D.C.
Best of luck.
it sure would make post #1,000 be a special one.
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