By Mike Steffanos
I received an email last week from a long-time reader asking me if I was going to stop doing this blog. I was a little surprised at first. I know I haven't been posting much since the season ended, but that made me look back and realize just how little I've been posting these last three months: three times in October, six in November and five in December. It was only some posts from the other contributors and my little flurry around the winter meetings that kept this thing from growing cobwebs.
I figured it was time to get back to work. I started writing something last week that somehow never quite saw the light of day on this blog. I got busy with work, and then Lisa and I decided it was time for our living room to go big-screen and high-def. Hooking everything up when it arrived took some time. Actually, the absolute worst thing was the new tv stand/entertainment center that required a sacrifice of four hours of my time (and a fair amount of knuckle skin) to put together last weekend.
Of course, once I had the cool stuff I had to play with it a little. Anyway, next thing I knew was that another week had gone by and I still hadn't posted anything new to this blog. I sat down a couple of times to rectify that, but struggled to get something together.
I wondered if, after about 3-1/2 years of doing this, I had simply run out of things to say. I wouldn't be the first veteran blogger to suffer that fate.
Honestly, though, I've had stuff that I really wanted to write about. Sometimes it seemed that I had too much stuff that I wanted to write, and had difficulty focusing it into a blog post.
The biggest thing, though, is that I realized when I don't post very often I lose the ability to sit down and knock off a respectable post in the hour or so that my schedule allows for it. I've decided my best bet is to go back to trying to post every day and take it from there. I'm going to try to do things that are shorter and more focused. Maybe I'll also try to keep it fresh and do some things like interviews that I haven't done here.
I guess the bottom line is that I still enjoy doing this, but I've realized that my life has changed in the last couple of years and I need to shake up what I do and the process I use to do it. Other than that, I really want to keep doing this for a while more.
I will try to post a few times between now and the end of the year, and will go back to attempting daily posts after the New Year. Thanks to all of the regulars here for your support -- I only hope that I can continue to earn it.