A few months ago I wrote about the blog being at a crossroads and not knowing where it was headed next. So many of you replied and urged me to keep at it, adding such kind and generous comments, I decided to cut back slightly but to keep the blog going.
Well, now I’ve reached another decision. The Bisheff Blog is coming to an end. This is it. This is my last one.
It seems funny now to think back to all those years I spent writing about aging athletes who didn’t know how to walk away. I always tried to empathize with them, but I’m not sure I fully understood until now.
It’s definitely difficult to leave something you love to do. I felt that way when I retired from the newspaper business a few years ago, and I feel that way about the blog.
Sports writing has been my life, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to keep at it in this new online form. It has allowed me to write what I call mini-columns, shorter than my old newspaper pieces but still full of what I hoped were salient points and topical opinions.
But I am supposed to be retired — semi-retired, I prefer to call it — and the blog took time and research and, often, more late-night effort than I realized I wanted to give. One of the nice things about retiring from column writing was getting away from the grind of having to produce four or five pieces a week. Well, in its own way, the blog had become a grind, as well.
“So only write one or two this week,” my wife, Marsha, would tell me. “It’s your blog. You can do what you want.” But I couldn’t do it. I felt obligated to write five a week at first, then, even cutting back, I produced at least three, sometimes more. I felt I owed it to you, the readers. It was a responsibility, one that I guess had been ingrained in me from writing columns all those years.
While it could still be fun, there were days when it was beginning to feel more like a chore. That’s when you know it is time to move on to something else.
I still want to write. It’s what I do. It’s what I love. I’ve already been fortunate enough to have five books published, and when the right subject comes along, I’d be eager to take a crack at number six.
In the meantime, I’ll still do some magazine pieces and, during the football season, I’ll be writing weekly for weareSC.com, Garry Paskewitz’s very professional online operation.
I do want to take the time to thank all of you who have been regular readers of the blog. You have been a very loyal group, helping it steadily grow, and it’s been gratifying reading your comments and opinions. I suspect some of you are likely to be upset, but I hope you can understand my side of it.
Besides, in this new era, you can still find me on Facebook or send me e-mails. I’m afraid I’m not into Twitter yet, but you never know. The main point is, if you still want to communicate, I’ll be glad to hear from you and happy to share opinions on the Angels, Trojans, Lakers, Bruins, Dodgers or whatever.
Most of all, I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks.
I have been blessed. It’s truly been a pleasure writing for all of you.
– STEVE BISHEFF