Being that I am fortunate enough to write online for a living at Bleacher Nation (seriously: I am blessed), I recognize that if I start writing somewhere else, a number of BN readers will probably check out the new digs. The very first caution I’ll give you: I needed a vehicle by which to write about things wholly unrelated to the Chicago Cubs. So, although the Cubs will be mentioned from time-to-time here as the backdrop against I write at BN, this is not a Cubs site.
For that reason, it’s probably wise to lead with the things that PuckerPants will not be, lest you be disappointed when come to find that this place isn’t what you’d expected.
Things about this site that I can’t promise you:
- Over time, the content will interest you. For now, PuckerPants is a personal endeavor, allowing me to write about the things of interest to me that don’t make sense for Bleacher Nation. Of course I hope that some of it will interest you, but “attracting and satisfying readers” isn’t necessarily the focus right now.
- The content will be consistent. That means, I’m not promising you that I’ll post regularly – daily, weekly, or otherwise. On BN, I’m committed to covering everything relevant in the Cubs’ world (and more), but I offer no such commitment here. So, legitimately, I have no idea how frequently or infrequently I’ll post. Regularity is going to be a factor of time – BN remains my primary focus since it is, like, my job (and I love it) – and interest. If something strikes my fancy and I’ve got the time to lay it out, I will.
- The content will be consistent, II. I’m also not promising that there will be any harmonizing theme here. That is, of course, a grave no-no in the blogging world if you want to be successful (with limited exceptions, the world is not interested in your random thoughts about whatever, however glamorous your life might be), but I’m not aiming for “success” here. I just wanted an outlet to be me. Yeah, I reckon most things will be online media/website operation focused, but if I want to tell you about my son’s really amazing poop, I’m going to do that. You’ve been warned.
- The site will look pretty and function masterfully. For now, this is just a basic blog. I’m not really looking to throw up all the bells and whistles that make, for example, BN an interactive place to hang out (I hope).
- PuckerPants will last more than a month. I’ve been wanting to start a site like this for years. Sometimes, “wanting to do something for years but not actually doing it” is a sign of passion and a refusal to commit to something until you’re ready to really commit. But, sometimes, it’s a sign that a part of you knows the thing isn’t going to hold your attention long enough to last. I feel relatively confident that, like Bleacher Nation, PuckerPants is going to be around for a long time – I have many, many things I’d like to write about – but it’s not something I can promise. The vast majority of websites and blogs are dead within a month. That I already have that knowledge puts me only slightly ahead of the curve – and allows me to warn you up front.
- These cautions will always be true. Eventually, I might decide I want this site to have a very specific theme or a very regular posting schedule. Go away, future reader. Don’t judge former me.
Things about the content here that I can’t promise you, but that will probably be true:
- The content will offer a look behind the curtain. For readers of Bleacher Nation who are very into the “meta” component of the site, this place may prove to be a treasure trove. Believe it or not, a maximum of 50% of what I do at Bleacher Nation is “the Cubs” (see, I’m already getting meta). The other 50% is being a quality writer, and doing the things necessary to continuously improve in that craft. It’s reading everything from traditional sports media to technology blogs to entertainment magazines to novels. It’s studying BN reader trends and behavior. It’s following the evolution of online media. It’s crazy, crazy amounts of social media participation. It’s web site building. It’s server maintenance. It’s selling and fulfilling advertisements. It’s doing side projects. It’s communicating with readers. It’s more. It’s things you’ve never even thought of. None of that has anything to do with the fact that I write a web site dedicated to the Chicago Cubs. To the extent you have any interest in what that 50% of being a professional sports blogger who runs his own site is like, I think you’re going to get a look at that side of things here.
- The content will be idiosyncratic. Because I have not promised that the content here will be interesting to you, I’m not beholden to make it so. I think some of it will be interesting to you, but I just want a spot to put up stuff that makes no sense to put up at BN. Most times, it will be at least tangentially related to being a professional writer/website operator, but it could also be a really funny cat picture I found. And that might be the entirety of a given post.
For a bit more on the site, and, in particular, the name, you can see the About page.