Monday, September 29, 2008

I made it

Five hundred and twenty-one posts. Nine months. Started with a rant on Schilling and fittingly closed with Moose's 20th and the Yanks missing the post-season. I made it. I made it through my first full season blogging. Nearly every day.

What started as some 'experiment' to see if I could get 10 people (besides my family) to read what I wrote has become something bigger than I could have expected. I'm still learning the trade but I have enjoyed it immensely.

I've gotten to interview an agent, an active pitcher and an assistant GM. And I'm not done!

For those of you who have become regulars, thank you. I take a tremendous amount of satisfaction that you guys choose to come here, hang out, write and debate with me. For those who come sporatically, also thank you.

For all of you, please share your criticisms, suggestions, complaints. I want to make this more of a collaboration than simply me riffing on the subject of the day. I've tried to get everyone involved, either via reader mail or someone like tadthebad who inspiried the Charity Challenge. Email me your thoughts. I want to hear them all.

In what will surely be a list with many omissions, I'd like to thank Craig from Shysterball for all of his help and advice throughout the year. Also, David & Aziz from Pride of the Yankees blog. Repoz & Co. from Baseball Think Factory. Tim Dierkes of Rob Neyer and Pete Abraham for their attention. Alex Belth, Bugs & Cranks, Tim Marchman, The Sports Hernia, Sliding Into Home, River Ave. Blues. High profile writers Tom Verducci, Buster Olney, Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman, Jayson Stark, Keith Law, Joe Posnanski; none of which I have ever spoken with but I remain grateful for their years of inspiring work. There are many, many more, so please don't hate me for not naming everyone.

I'll continue to write, turning towards the playoffs, a bit about football and before we know it, we'll be warming up the Hot Stove for what should be another wild free agent season. I'm also going to do whatever I can to land more interviews with baseball insiders since the response from the three interviews was so overwhelmingly positive.



Ron Rollins said...

You must be doing something right.

You have a hard core, dedicated Yankee hater reading a Yankee blog every day.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Ron, you have NO idea how much I appreciate hearing that.

I've always believed there was a middle ground of Sox/Yanks fans that were able to look at the other side and say something other than "______ suck". Some common ground of respect. Then I realized... I was dead wrong.

Kidding, of course.

Brendan said...

This season I began to read a whole bunch of baseball blogs, and IIATHMS is one of my favorites. Never thought I could tolerate a Yankee blog, but I really like dropping by here everyday and seeing if something new is up. Good luck with this in the future.

e-5 said...

Good work Boy!!!

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Thanks Brendan. Getting the Yankee haters here and coming back is one of my motivations. I know you guys won't stand for the BS, the typical Yankee-speak.

Thanks for coming back!

tHeMARksMiTh said...

We really do like you Jason, and this comes from a Braves fan with a grudge. My stance on the Yankees has even softened toward the Yanks. Now that I think about it, I think I'll stop reading this blog. I want to hate the Yankees again.