Another March 10th has past. That's the anniversary date of this site, now 6 years old. I'm still supremely proud of the site that has brought Red Rider news to so many, especially my out-of-town readers....but some things about this site are just evolving and I wanted to share that with you.
The date is less and less of a milestone each year, just the day every year that I have to decide if I want to keep doing this or not....and pay the fee to keep the site registered.
The site is a shell of it's former self. It peaked in 2009, with 139 posts that year, that's more than 10 per month....to just 19 posts total in 2013 (not even 2 per month)....and only 1 post in the first 2+ months this year. The downward trend is obvious. Things in life have a season, and while I'd rather not do the site at all than not be able to put my best effort into it....I still think the site has a purpose.
Nothing will take precedence over my family. I've been married to my wonderful wife for nearly 14 years now and we have 3 beautiful & healthy children. That's where I'm at in life right now...as many of you are, have been or will be someday.
Back to the purpose of the site...I think its changed from the the day to day, season to season minutiae that it was in the past. I still find it serves as a reference point for historical information and I want to keep that information as current as possible, and add information as I'm able.
So, the site won't be going anywhere for now, but gone are the days and days of research that go in to one blog post. I just don't have the time anymore.
What I will do in place of frequent updates is try to bring information that is posted elsewhere to this site. You'll notice at the bottom of the home page and every page on this site starting today and going forward is a running timeline of the information I post to my Facebook page. And on the right side of the home page and every page near the top is my twitter timeline.
I still post to those services quite regularly and have found both to be quicker and easier to share information than this blog. Both services are very mobile friendly, while blogging is not. My goal is the same as its always been...to inform and discuss pertinent information as it pertains to Red Rider Athletics and our grads as they compete at the next level.
So that's the change...a lot less original content here, but connections to the other social media channels that I've found it easier to share Red Rider news.
Thanks, as always, for your kind comments and your support. It's been a fun 6 years...and while everything has a season, we'll keep living and dying with our Red Rider student-athletes...just in a little different way.