I'll let you in on a secret - or, maybe, I guess I'm making a confession. At this point, nine years in, everything is pretty much running on autopilot. I've been extremely busy with real-life work for more than two years now and I've pretty much curtailed a lot of my baseball-related projects. I've had to let all the Protoball and SABR stuff go because I simply don't have the time to devote to it. And I've come very close, on a couple of occasions, to shutting TGOG down. It's not because I don't love the subject or enjoy putting this all together. It's simply a matter of trying to manage my time the best I can.
Having said that, what I've been doing, for the most part, is taking stuff that I like from the old site, moving it over here, and posting it fresh. That was always a goal for this version of the site and it's good to get everything in one place. But it feels lazy. It takes me about an hour a week to move seven or ten posts over here and get them scheduled. There is not a lot of original research going up right now. It was original work that I'd done in the past but, again, it's just me being lazy and resting on my laurels.
I am doing original work but a lot of that I'm keeping to myself for projects I'd like to publish somewhere down the line. I've done a lot of work this year on the early life of Chris Von der Ahe and that's all being saved for something else. It's not exactly state secrets or anything like that but these things are in a different category of project than this website.
What I'd really like to do with this site is transition to more long-form pieces. Less blogging - which I'm pretty sure is a dead medium - and more using this website as a kind of publishing platform. To that end, I'm working on a long piece about Alex Crosman's Civil War exploits, in which I will probably mention the fact that he was not eaten by alligators.
I am continuing my research and writing and my love for the subject has not diminished in any way. But I've been doing this for nine years and that's a long, long time in the blogging world. I'm kind of tired and almost ashamed of the way in which I've been operating this site over the last year and I'd like to change that. I'm going to finish up the series on the 1887 Series and I'll have the Crossman piece done by then. I'll put that up and see where we go. There's a lot of long pieces that I've wanted to write over the years. And there's plenty that I have written (check the sidebar on the left). But that's where I want to go with this. I don't know if I'll be able to and things may just stay the same. We'll see. Maybe I'm just having an existential crisis. Who knows?
One more thing that I should point out is that the formating has been all over the place of late and, again, that's me being lazy. I've changed browsers twice in the last month or so and Weebly operates a little differently in different browsers. Not a big deal but from an editorial standpoint, it's unacceptable. I've never been the most professional blogger but I would like to kind of keep the format consistent. Just makes the place look better. And I'll do better with that in the future.
So, nine years. The anniversary of my first post at the old site was September 13, 2007. I'll repost that tomorrow as a kind of celebration. My second post, by the way, was about Packy Dillon, which makes me smile because I just love Packy Dillon. The first mention of Fred Dunlap did not occur until October 9th of that year.
To wrap this up, I may sound a little gloomy but I'm really not. Things are great on my end. I'm happy. I'm healthy. I'm doing well. I couldn't ask for more. Well, I guess I could ask for more time to devote to all the projects I'd like to take on but that ain't happening. And it's obvious that the memory is starting to go because I forgot to post this week. Sorry about that. To make up for that, here's the Beatles: