It’s been a minute since I’ve done this. Hope I remember how to.
So I’ve been pretty quiet for a while. Almost exactly a month, actually. The timing is pretty much coincidental, though. My last day with Zone Coverage was April 30.
It’ll be June 1 in a couple of hours.
I just happened to figure out how to create a website in the last day or two with the help of my wife’s uncle. My old one mysteriously disappeared.
Sorry the walls are bare on this one. I’m working on it.
I don’t know what the future of non-traditional sports media in the Twin Cities is when things progress back to normal. Skor North is a shell of what it used to be personnel-wise (not a knock on Phil and Judd, obviously). I’ll probably talk about my departure from Zone Coverage another time, but suffice to say I left feeling displeased about how my skills were valued — among other things.
Maybe more on that later. Maybe not. We’ll see.
I’ve actually mostly enjoyed this time of social distancing. I’ve gotten to spend a lot more time with my family — something I wasn’t getting to do when I was beholden to my two jobs.
And while Mandi and I don’t change much day by day as 30-somethings, the time spent with our now-three-year-old — who changes almost hour by hour — has proven invaluable.
What wonderful, complex creatures.
Mandi goes back to work on Monday. It’ll be just Harper and me during the day for the foreseeable future — at least until sports come back. Then I can go back to work on a full-time capacity.
But that’s just it. That’s the beauty of life. I’ll still be here when sports come back. But my daughter who was two when everything shook out in March won’t be the same little girl when dad heads back to work again.
And the time between then and now has been wonderful. It hasn’t been perfect. At times she’s broken me. Other times, vice versa. But again, I’ve gotten to spend a year’s worth of time with her in the span of just under three months.
I value that greatly.
But most people probably aren’t here to hear about my family. And that’s fine.
I’m still hopeful I have a future in this business. I think I have something to offer to the right outlet — I’m just not sure if those outlets will still exist in the future. Or if they’ll view me as a fit.
I’ve changed a lot over the last year. I’ve made a ton of missteps along the way and I own all of them. I was condescending to people on Twitter. I was an agitator. I said dumb things in the mentions of people I greatly respect in this industry.
For all of that, I’m sorry.
But I do also think I’ve put some good things “on tape” as they say in the National Football League, so we’ll see. I’m a work in progress. We all are. I hope people hang with me.
But in the meantime, I’m gonna write here.
I’d rather do my own thing for free than hastily put together something for money that I can’t justify people spending money on. Especially not now with money as tight as it is.
The same goes for actively looking for more work similar to what I did for Zone Coverage and a host of sites before this. My sense is it really isn’t out there right now — hence doing my own thing for a while.
So yeah. I’m mostly going to hang out here and write about the Twins. And MLB at large. And whatever else comes across my desk.
I’ll also be working on a couple new podcast ideas. I’d like to do more video. I might stream video games either officially (Twitch) or unofficially (Periscope).
I really don’t know.
But I’m not going anywhere.
Oh, and if you do know how to make money on these things via ads or whatever, slide into my DMs on Twitter here.