Nearly six years ago, when JD Arney started Red Reporter, I was the 41st person to register for an account. I'm not certain, but I think there are only two current regulars - Caleb and Brian B - who signed up before I did. We've seen a lot on this site in those 5+ years, which is why I'm a little sad to be writing this post today. After 3 seasons of JD's reign of terror, we've had two years of relative peace and prosperity under my watchful eye, but now it is time for me to step down.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. I haven't exactly been turning out the original content around here since the season ended. The main reason for that is that a large portion of my time has been spent watching my daughter while my wife works. You'd think that a 4-month-old wouldn't require much attention, but you'd be wrong. When I do get on the site, it's usually via my phone. I don't know how many of you use the mobile site, but it isn't exactly conducive to long pieces of writing. In fact, posts like this one are impossible to write on the mobile site. So, while I'm still around occasionally, I don't have a lot of "writing time" per se.
The other big reason that I am stepping down is because I'm more interested in other projects than blogging right now. The fact is that I don't have the mindset for turning out daily content at this point, or even weekly content for that matter. I'd like to someday write another book and to do that I feel like I need to keep working on longer form writing that isn't really conducive to the blog format.
The good news is that the site will be put into some very capable hands. RijoSaboCaseyWKRP will be taking over immediately, and I am quite confident that he'll be able to make the site even better than what it is today. Heck, he's been the primary content producer on this site so far this off-season already. So, welcome RSCWKRP with open arms. No groping!
As for me, I don't think I'll disappear completely. And even if I do, you'll be okay, I'm sure. The good news is that you'll be able to pay for my (and the other RR writers') work in print form in the spring. For the first time ever, we're putting together a pre-season annual for the Cincinnati Reds through Maple Street Press. We've already got a lot of great stuff put together from many of the writers from Red Reporter that you know and love, along with the assistance of some of the guys from Redleg Nation as well as a couple of non-Reds bloggers. I'm really excited about this project and I can't wait until it is out next spring. I think you all will enjoy it immensely.
Until then, enjoy the winter. Just think, the next time I ban someone, I could be arrested. (RIP, Leslie)