A Message from the Colin’s Ghost Home Office

Jan 31st 2015 03:28 pm |

It’s been awhile since I checked in with a new article here at Colin’s Ghost…

I busted out of the gate at a sprinter’s pace in the first few years of the site but maintaining that pace has been difficult. Last year was perhaps the least prolific since the site launched back in 2008. I have had fleeting thoughts about maintaining the site but not adding new content going forward. When thinking this through, however, I eventually came to my senses. My life outside of writing here won’t be hectic forever. I’ll continue researching and writing for Colin’s Ghost as long as my brain and fingers allow.  I enjoy the process far too much to retire from the site when I have (hopefully) many years ahead. If I am lucky enough to have all my marbles when I retire from the real world, I might regain the sprinter’s speed of the early years.

As hard as it is for me to believe sometimes, folks continue to read and cite my articles. Even though I don’t post new content at the rate I once did, traffic to the site continues at a steady clip with about 100 visitors a day. Small potatoes but far more than I ever thought would visit when the site launched.

In the vast world of the internet, I think I have carved out a unique, albeit minuscule, niche. The history of horse racing has multiple layers, endless angles, and a long timeline. When I find myself bored with one angle there is always another aspect of the racing universe to explore. As Whitney Tower wrote in Sports Illustrated:

The enterprising writer will discover more legend and fascinating history in racing than in most sports put together.”

A quote now permanently planted on the sidebar of this site as a little encouragement should I ever find myself thin on material.

It’s been seven years since I started this site. My goal — devised soon after I launched — was one article per week from Derby prep season to Breeder’s Cup and somehow I maintained that for awhile. In 2015, if I do two new articles a month, I will feel great, but one a month is more realistic.

I apologize for this somewhat indulgent post. Maybe I am the only one who thought an explanation necessary for the current state of Colin’s Ghost. For those still paying attention, I appreciate your support and hope to see you at the track sometime soon!

I am currently working on an historical article that will be ready to post next week. In the meantime, check out this peice from our friends at Hello Race Fans about saving the history of Hollywood Park.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Filed in thoroughbred racing history

9 Responses to “A Message from the Colin’s Ghost Home Office”

  1. Marlaine Meeker says:

    Hooray! Looking forward to your next post and still enjoying the old. I no longer have any close friends who wish to discuss or even listen to my rants or raves about TB’s and racing. And all their great stories. Thanks for keeping the memories alive.

  2. John Paulin says:

    Horse racing history is fascinating, and as you said, there are so many layers and endless angles to explore.

    I have an interest in historic posters and ephemera related to horse racing.

  3. Teddy Lopez says:

    Great. keep it going and, like the old Bob Hope song, ‘thanks for the memories’. Bless your heart. KELSOS’BIGGEST FAN, TEDDY.

  4. Kurt J says:

    I certainly never lost faith, looking forward to your writing.

  5. Joe Martin says:

    Love the sport. Love the history. My limited number of friends have no interesting racing or racings history. So keep on writing; I’ll keep reading!

  6. Teresa says:

    Love this post, and glad to see that we’ll have more Colin’s Ghost to read in 2015. Best New Year’s resolution ever! Welcome back!

  7. Sandy Small says:

    I look forward to reading your comments always. I often refer back to past articles. It is unfortunate the coverage of racing is declining in the media. Your articles are always insightful and now even more meaningful. Please continue them.

  8. PTP says:

    I think I reference your articles more than anyone else. It’s nice from time to time to come back and read things I stumble upon. Glad to hear there will be more content in the future.


  9. singingabe says:

    Wondered what happened to you. Keep up the good work at any pace.