Seven months between posts isn't ideal for maintaining an active blog. That seven month gap has caused me to question whether I still have a blog.
Sure. This website exists because I own the domain and get a few comments on posts that are now a couple years old, but is there anything else to it than that?
Honestly, I don't know.
When I started 'blogging," it was meant to be an outlet for me to share ideas and opinions about things I'm interested in - those two topics primarily being sports and food. It was also a way for me to challenge myself to keep writing on a regular basis to help develop my skills as a communicator.
What was initially a basic Blogger account turned into a site that I deemed "From Ballparks to BBQ" - an undertaking that's gone through numerous re-designs and lots of conversations with friends who are much more knowledgeable and skilled than me on the topic of web content.
And what started as a way to keep myself writing has led to some other fantastic writing opportunities.
It's those opportunities that have me evaluating what the future holds for this blog.
I'm extremely fortunate to have a platform on a subject I've always been very passionate about - Duke Basketball.
It was some of my early posts on this site that helped me land the opportunity to write for Bleacher Report. After spending a year as a columnist for Bleacher Report, I've transitioned to writing for Duke Report, an affiliate connected to USA Today Sports, where I've covered the Blue Devils for the past two years. Between writing about Duke during college basketball season and recruiting during the offseason, it's become a year-round project. Even during the "down time," I still often find myself posting multiple times per week on Duke Report.
I've even earned the title of being the site's "Editor-in-Chief," which makes me very nervous for all parties involved.
It's great. I enjoy it. And it takes priority over publishing things here.
Along with Duke basketball, I've also used this blog to post about various other sports topics. While I still have strong opinions, the way social media has impacted how we discuss issues makes it less significant to have a space like a blog to communicate an opinion.
Why go through the work of writing a post here when I could tweet the same ideas and get immediate response? That may sound self-serving, but...let's be honest...anyone who creates their own blog has a bit of an ego.
So, in terms of From Ballparks to BBQ being a space where I write about sports, I'd say those days are over.
This leaves the other subjects I've often covered here - Travel & Eating. Don't worry. I plan to do a tremendous amount of both.
I've done a ton of traveling and eating over the past seven months, yet still never made the time to post about it here on this site. I always intend to but never get around to it. And I'm trying to figure out if I'll ever get back to documenting those experiences.
However, I'm not sure it makes sense for a site to be named "From Ballparks to BBQ" when it has nothing to do with sports.
We'll see. In the past, this blog has helped open some really cool doors. Maybe that will happen again.