This is the last post at the Juice Blog. I have had a great time interacting with the readers of the site and I'm glad that most have come around to the original idea of the site by Will Carroll and myself. A baseball blog that would discuss pop culture, politics, and the rest of the sports world.
Let me mention again how much I appreciate Will Carroll for asking me to join him at his blog way back in 2004. Will is a one of the most interesting and talented people I've ever met. Considering I'm in a business that is supposedly filled with interesting and talented people, I don't throw compliments like that out randomly. With our busy lives, I don't see or even speak to Will as much as I would like, but I still consider him one of my best friends.
Towards the end of 2008 I discussed with the Toastermaster General, Ken Arneson, about how I was ready to go in a different direction with this blog. The idea I had was to go off on my own, as the new direction didn't fit with the way the Toaster operated. Ken shared with me that the timing for my new project was good, as the chances of the Toaster site continuing were slim. I want to thank Ken for all his efforts in putting the Toaster together. He has been great to work with and I will miss his technical skills. (Oh and by the way, Ken is really an underrated writer. I hope he comes out of retirement from blogging soon.)
While I'm on the subject, I've been very proud to be part of the great writers who have contributed to the Toaster. While many of us will continue to thrive at our new sites, it is a sad day for baseball fans on the net, as there was no other site that had as many quality writers blogging on baseball. I think the top 2 baseball blogging communities are Dodger Thoughts and Bronx Banter. It was cool that they were both located at the Toaster, which brought an East Coast/West Coast interaction at the Juice Blog that we couldn't have gotten anywhere else. Was Belth Biggie Smalls and Weisman Tupac? I will let you be the judge, but it's good that there was no gunfire.
As I outlined at the start of the year, I have a new site called NSFWSports.com. Having Not Safe for Work in the title points to the blog being R-rated. Specifically the idea is to cover sports and pop culture in an edgy and provacative way. I plan on being much more active at the site than I've been here, lately, as I believe the uncensored freedom I have at my new site will give me a newfound creative burst. Take a look at my latest post on how the Super Bowl featured 2 teams that weren't super bowl quality. As I mentioned, it uses bad words and some very naughty links that I use as provacative jokes.
While some individual facets of what I'm trying to do over at NSFWSports.com you will recognize, I don't think the overall product will be like any other site on the web. That at least is the plan going into it. I can't stress enough how much I hope you bookmark NSFWSports.com and participate in the dialogue that comes out of my new offerings.
(Final Note: If you want to get a hold of me, feel free to email me at email@example.com)