Friday, October 28, 2011

Writing For Dollars

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.

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