It’s All About Number 5

Lately I’ve been thinking about the future of ‘A Piece of The Game’. For the last few months I’ve considered calling it quits with the whole blog thing because writing was becoming dull. It was difficult because for the first time in a long time I didn’t know what I wanted to do next with ‘A Piece of The Game’. I kept considering my options, and then I realized I was back at square one. After some more contemplating I decided to share 5 blog related things that you probably don’t know about me. This might seem random to you, but you’ll eventually see where I’m going with it.

5 blog related things you probably don’t know about me

1. Before I publish an entry on WordPress I always scribble it down in longhand first because it helps me organize my thoughts.

2. The reason I started writing ‘A Piece of The Game’ was because I knew that if I didn’t write about my experiences some day those memories would be lost.

3. Narrative writing is my favorite style of writing.

4. I enjoy writing during the offseason more than during the baseball season.

5. I’m moving onto new adventures. I want to continue exploring my interests.

Let me explain number 5 by telling you a little story. You know when you see a great movie how sometimes you remember the details for days, weeks, or maybe even a month afterwards? Just a couple of days ago I read a blog entry that a friend of mine had written. Her words in that particular entry have stuck with me since then, and I have really taken them to heart. She explained how blogging had been a wonderful experience for her but much like friends and dreams change, so did she.

Earlier I mentioned how writing in longhand helps me organize my thoughts. Blogging is like that, but on a bigger scale. Writing and maintaining this blog has helped me explore my interests. While taking pictures at ballgames I recognized I have a growing love for photography. Through blogging I have developed a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding towards Major League Baseball. I imagine trying new things and traveling to new cities. There are other pieces out there, and I want to experience them. Blogging has been a great network for me to use to explore some of those pieces, but it no longer fits in my baseball puzzle (see what I did there?).

I will have plenty of new adventures in 2014, and they will all contribute to the exploration of my interests.  I will get to develop my photography skills as I’m traveling to a few new places this summer. My parents are sending me to Florida for Spring Training this March (Thank you for the wonderful Birthday/Christmas gift!), I’m taking a road trip to Tennessee in June, and hopefully I will even get to take a trip to Wrigley Field for its 100th season. All of these would bode well for my growing love for photography. Recently I became a Minnesota Twins Season Ticket Holder and I am well on my way to securing a ticket for the All Star Game and its events.

What does this mean for ‘A Piece of The Game’ ? Like I said before, blogging doesn’t seem to fit anymore. However, this is not a break up post (shout out to Rachel for that great line). I have grown to like writing enough to know better than to quit. I want to make blogging more enjoyable in 2014.

How am I going to make blogging more enjoyable in 2014?

1. I’m not going to blog about every ballgame that I attend. During 2013 this felt like more of an obligation than anything else. I have grown uninterested because when I write about the games I attend it feels like I’m always writing the same story as last time, but changing the characters’ names. Do you get what I’m trying to say?

2. I’m only going write about the games that I’ve had an above average experience at because I want them to be of quality.

3. Integrate my new adventures and interests into this blog. The title ‘A Piece of The Game’ won’t allude to ballhawking anymore, it will bring a NEW focus. There are other pieces out there besides ballhawking, and I want to make ‘A Piece of The Game’ a place to explore them.

When I started this blog I named it the way I did because (1) it would be mainly about my experiences ballhawking and (2) because when it comes to baseball, blogging is literally only one of the many pieces of the game. Honestly, I’ve gotten bored because up to this point ballhawking has been the focus of this blog.

4. I’m not going to blog as often. WordPress and I aren’t breaking up, but we are slowly growing apart. I’m slowing withdrawing from blogging. When I write an entry I want to enjoy it instead of just writing it because I went to a baseball game. Basically, I want to make my blog entries worth sharing.

Where will this blog be a year from now? Who knows. Is it possible that I will have stopped blogging altogether? Yeah, It’s possible. It is likely? I don’t know. We will see!

7 Comments

While I love having articles to read (especially recounting games and ballhawking), I can totally see where you are coming from, especially with busy schedules and other interests.

I hope you have many great experiences to write about and that blogging goes back to being fun for you. It will be interesting to see what new aspects you incorporate to your blog.

I take it that your adventure to Florida will have a nice entry, given the opportunities for new experiences, great photos, and numerous stories.

Thanks for all your support Tony! I’m excited to only write about the great experiences of next season. I’ll be able to go to games without feeling weighed down by the looming entry that is soon to come.

Let me know if you ever want to read about the other games I attend because I will still keep a personal journal for each game. I’d be more than happy to send you a copy.

TwinsFest is only 2 and 1/2 weeks away! I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday. Hopefully meet up with you there!

You’ve obviously thought through about blogging, and your reasoning for slowing down makes sense. I just found your blog, and from the few posts I read, you write really well. I’ve read several other ballhawks’ blogs, and most can’t write as clearly as you do. And you’re younger than most of them. I plan to read through your other entries, but good luck with your new adventures this year.

Ps. What is the rack you use to show the balls you snagged? Is that a ball rack or something else? Can you please tell me where you got it?

James-

Thank you for the kind words. I’m not abandoning blogging, in fact I’m actually excited to keep it going during 2014. I really do like sharing my experiences with my readers. If you don’t mind my asking, how did you find my blog? I always find it interesting to find out how people get referred here.

The ball/bat rack is actually something that I made. A lot of times I would find myself going to a game, and then getting home, going to bed and going to work the next day without having time to organize and properly store the baseballs that I had snagged. Most of the times the balls would just end up all over my bedroom floor until I could find time to take care of them. I wanted to buy something that could temporarily store them until I had time to deal with the baseballs, but after looking online there was nothing that looked appealing to me. Since I work at a hardware store, I bought a 2×4 and 6 wooden dowels. I cut the 2×4 into two 7 inch pieces, and trimmed the dowels down to 36 inches long. After I drilled 6 holes into each piece of 2×4 the rest was history. Now, whenever I get home from a ballgame I put the balls in the rack until I have time to bag them up and put them into my storage container. I started working it into my entries when I saw that the rack looks good in pictures.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment!

Paul

I was searching for information regarding Soxfest passes, trying to find out whether you get a single pass for the entire weekend or one for each day, so I was looking at the images search, and came across an image of your rack, which took me to your blog. The rack sounds easy enough to make that I should make one myself. Thanks for the tip!

Keep up the blogging! You are a very talented writer!

Thanks, Larry! I do plan to continue writing.

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