I was hoping to not have to write this entry, but I think I have to.
Last season, I really had nothing going on in my life. I wasn't able to get a job, I haven't graduated college yet, but I wasn't taking classes either. That sounds pretty boring to most, and really it was, but it gave me time to do a lot of things. As I'm sure everyone in the real world knows with a job and responsibilities, some things have to get cut out. There just isn't enough time for everything. During this year, I did have time for those things that a lot of people wouldn't.
One of those things is running this blog. There were at least two entries per day, and even though it wasn't a lot of intense writing, there was work involved. Every day, I would wake up, read the team websites and newspapers for game recaps and other news to see if there was anything to update readers on or give me a new perspective on the games from the previous night. When the games were being played, I would start working on the game previews for the next day, preparing the pitching probables and notes. After the games, I would look at the box scores and post the recap notes. Sure, sometimes it got tedious. The season is very long. However, it was fun.
I've tried writing blogs before, but I never really stuck with it. I love writing, but I would always get bored and eventually stop updating. This blog was the first time I was able to stick with it, and I felt like I accomplished something by covering the whole season. I felt like I offered something to the online community that was a little different from what was already out there. I don't think day to day updates and information about the Cal League is out there in many places.
Tomorrow, I'll be starting a temporary 40 hour per week position that will evaporate much of my free time. I'm sure most really don't care what I'll be doing, but the reality is I don't think I'll be able to keep up the workload I had last year. The primary difficulty is the time zone difference. Living on the east coast, these games start sometimes as late as 10:30 PM for me, and I'd be working until 2 AM. That wasn't a big deal to me because I enjoyed it, but if I have to get up early in the morning every day, I need more sleep than that, and I can't stay up listening to these games and providing the same updates I did last year.
So something will have to change. Without the daily updates, I have to offer something else that I didn't last year. I'm going to try to continue to follow the league and know what's going on because it's fun to me, so we'll see what happens. I have to decrease my workload, but I want to continue writing.
Thanks to my readers and followers who added to the enjoyment of this season. When I started out in March, I didn't know what would happen. I wasn't sure if anyone would ever notice what was going on here, but that was obviously not the case. I hope I was able to write some informative and helpful things, and I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing. I plan to remain on Twitter, and I look forward to continue to interact with the Twitter community, and I thank everyone that stopped by here during the 2010 season.