The Yearly Round Up
On this day exactly one year ago, I was sitting in the very same spot and googled free + blog. I did it because I had grown tired of reading other blogs and figured I must be able to do a better job. What I didn't realize or appreciate if you will, was just how much effort it requires to write something worthy of reading every couple of days. I have zero schooling in journalism and don't read that much as such, I have found it increasingly more difficult and very time consuming to string my thoughts on your Toronto Blue Jays together. Between working 10 hours a day while sitting in front of a computer, then coming home and spending a couple more hours in front of a computer I came to the conclusion that:
I spend far, far to much time sitting in front of a computer.
I have taken a little time to reflect on the year that was. Here are some of the highlights. Almost 75,000 of you or around 350 a day have taken the time to stop by and read what we have posted. That's pretty mind blowing. At our peak, we had in one day 4,959 hits on the Gose for Wallace post. Much of the thanks has to go to MLBTR for the link to the story and the other 10 or so times they picked up what we had written. Also, the weekly round up girls have been a huge success in terms of page views. Just take a second and type in cowgirl or sexy cowgirl into a google search and check the images.
Over the course of the year I had the opportunity to meet a couple other guys that blog about the Blue Jays, namely Ian from The Blue Jay Hunter, Navin from Sports and the City and Jeremy from 500 Level Fan. Great guys and great baseball fans. My kinda people.
I still remember someone telling me about Twitter and all that it has to offer. At first I was skeptical, keeping in mind I never even bothered to join Facebook. Over time, the pro's seemed to outweighed the con's. But I have come to realize that the constant stream of information and articles and pictures and videos and quotes is well, somewhat painful to stay on top of.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the shine has worn off. All of it. And as much as I was thinking about taking the next step, which would be to advertise and try to make a little coin on the side.....I don't want to cheapen the look or the experience. If over a 1,000 people read something and only 5 of them feel compelled to comment on it, how many would actually click on an add? In my opinion, not many.
As for the other 8 guys that agreed to contribute, all of them are great baseball people and true fans of the game. If any of them have anything to say about Blue Jays baseball, you will still be able to find it here. And perhaps, in time, I will get the urge to post my thoughts again. But it will no doubt be infrequent. Certainly not worth checking everyday.
That's really what this boils down to, for me. I will always remain informed and will continue to have an opinion about all things Blue Jay. But as for finding the time to transfer all that down into a post, I'll leave that for the others that do it so well.
If we do come across an interview, a video or even a sweet picture on a top prospect, then it will surely find it's way onto this site at some point. But I don't anticipate that happening for quite a while.
Anyways, thanks to all of you for reading and keep rooting for the boys in blue! It's has been and will continue to be a wild ride north of the border.