Christmas is done with and the New Year is set to dawn shortly so it’s an appropriate time for all of us to think about what this means. For many, the start of a new year brings a desire for change. For me, significant change is already baked in for 2020.
I’ve known for some months now that my working arrangements would be very different next year than they’ve been for several years. This change is likely to impact all areas of my life. One major area of impact, inevitably, is the blog.
For me, this is a good news story. I’m returning to full-time employment early in the New Year, becoming involved in a project that is very close to my heart and which I believe has the potential to make a real difference in this country over the coming years.
Had I never been self-employed then I think it’s safe to say that the blog would never have come into existence at all. Even if it had, I doubt it would have survived, quite simply because I wouldn’t have had the time required to do all I did on it over the years.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to try to run the blog while also holding a full-time job. Well, I’m about to find out, as the rest of you are too.
The first decision has already been made. The blog will still be here in 2020. The hosting cost has been paid and it’s all systems go for another twelve months at least.
But it’s already abundantly clear to me – as I hope it will to you too – that the kind of blog that existed up until now won’t be possible to continue with next year and beyond. I simply won’t have the time any more to do this.
Obvious things that will go include the Monday match reports, breaking news stories as they develop during the day, anything at all, in fact, that happens during normal working hours.
That includes oversight of the comments. Given recent events – and the way in which, due to the actions of a minority intent on misusing this place to spread a particular, divisive agenda, I’ve found it necessary to turn on moderation for all comments – that creates a major problem.
It’s a problem I don’t currently have a definitive answer to, though I’m working through what a possible way forward might look like. I recognise that it’s an issue I’m going to have to deal with, in one way or another, once the action starts up properly next year.
The brouhaha over recent months has also hardened my opinion that what’s covered and discussed here should focus primarily on on-field action. The off-field stuff is, from my perspective, more trouble than it’s worth and it’s where the bulk of the difficulties I’ve encountered with unacceptable comments, in particular of late, have emanated. My hope is that if the debate anchors itself squarely around the matches, this place will work better for all of us.
And there will be plenty of matches to talk about. I’ve always tried to give a mention here on the blog to as many teams as possible from the county and in more recent times I’ve made a determined effort to give more coverage to the ladies. I would hope to continue along that direction next year, even if – as seems likely – I’ll end up attending fewer matches than I’ve managed to get to in previous years.
So, that’s it, really – my work situation is changing fairly fundamentally so the blog has to bend with the prevailing wind. That’s the way it has to be. My earnest hope is that the blog can continue to exist – in whatever form works at a practical level – next year and beyond that too. Let’s see how it goes.