A couple of weeks ago, I made a tough decision to take a leave of absence from high school basketball officiating. The reasons for this are plenty but nothing I really want to discuss at this point in time. However, the decision was not made without having some plans in mind.
Some weeks ago, I felt I had an inkling to start writing more again. I do various blogs throughout the year. I write a monthly column on Apple II and other retro video games. A couple of years ago, I had embarked on freelance writing covering high school sports.
The reason for freelance writing was that high school sports coverage is pretty sparse in the area I live in. Since I was unemployed at the time, it was a good idea to try and I did it for the better part of a year. The issues I ran into was that I was a freelance operation and I had to do everything myself. When I returned to work a few months later, I continued to write as much as I could but it proved difficult to juggle freelancing with my job. Eventually, I stopped my freelance writing.
However, another enterprising person saw the same gaps in high school sports coverage I did and started up his own website and got a staff of writers to work with him. In fact, I was asked at one point to contribute to this site. I declined as I was busy with work, officiating and other stuff.
Alas, as I had an inkling to write again, I asked the website if I could potentially contribute to their site as a writer. The owner/editor noted that he would love it if I could help out. At this point, there is nothing formalized but I do plan to contribute as much as I am available to watch games.
It was time for a change and I am fortunate to be given an opportunity to try and do something different.