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!
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