When I began this venture a few years ago I did so with no intention of having any hard and fast “rules” to follow other than that I was going to write about what I wanted to (Ross County, the Revolution, the SNT and USMNT, etc.) and that I would do so when and to the extent that pleased me. Over the past two plus years what that has generally meant is posting new content five days a week (though, admittedly, not always the same five days) and having three or four of those posts be of some consequence, i.e., or reasonable length, requiring some thought on my part, etc.. You may have noticed lately that I’ve slipped a bit, either not quite making those five days or, if making them, filling them with more, lighter, content than has been the case in the past. I probably shouldn’t, but I feel like I do owe you, my very loyal readers, an explanation.
First off, let me assure you that, whether you like it or not, I’m not going anywhere! As I’ve said many times in the past it has always been my intention to let this site grow organically- that I was never going to post anything solely to garner traffic and that I was never going actively promote the site, well, anywhere. Yes, Twitter automatically lets you know when I’ve put up a new post and I use the site’s Twitter feed to annoy some of you on non-Tanner Ba’ topics, but otherwise, it’s been a “word of mouth” campaign. I’m happy to report that while growth has been slow, it has been steady, and as of late, there’s been a bit of a growth spurt. If you want a number to key on, traffic at the site will- at worst– be up 27% over last year, but more likely in the +33-35%. I’ve thanked for your support in the past and I’ll take this opportunity to do so again- thank you.
All of that being said, between now an late January/early February it’s going to be tough for me to keep up with past production where content is concerned. This is the busy time of year for me work-wise and the math sometimes just doesn’t work out in my favor as far has having time to write goes. Just to give you an example, I have the day off tomorrow and it will be the only day off I have off in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. In addition to having less time off, during the coming months I’ll often find myself at work much later than I’d like to be, and as much as I’d like to scurry right home after work and bang out some meaningful prose, often all I can manage is a shower and falling asleep on the couch. The ideas are still there and the desire to write is still there, but when it comes down to making it happen, the flesh isn’t always willing.
And now for the awkward part.
The demands of my working life are currently being compounded by “flare-up” in my life-long battle with depression. On some days merely being a functioning adult in the workplace takes all of my energy and when I get home there’s none left to be the witty, insightful, and downright handsome man you’ve come to know and love over the years. Nobody needs to worry about me, I’m not a danger to myself or others (well, maybe a few “others”) and I’ll eventually claw my way out of the rut I’m currently in, but in the meantime there may be days when what I should do is sit down and write a lengthy treatise on the Revolution’s off-season roster moves but what I need to do is to sit down and watch a few episodes of Kenny v. Spenny. I hope you’ll understand.
Thank you for listening…