I sat down tonight (or this morning) to write a recap of the very entertaining game at the Prospera Place in Kelowna tonight and…I don’t know…I seem to have the lost the creative writing bug. This isn’t new (for me, anyway) as I’ve been fighting the battle for a while now.
It’s not because the Hawks lost or that they haven’t been winning as much as they did in the first half of the season…this has been an ongoing battle for me for the past six months or longer. I’ve fought through it, but it hasn’t been great writing as my opinions seem strained and my attempts at humor seem sarcastic and snippy in my head, so I don’t type them.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, while in high school I was an Editor on both the Newspaper and Yearbook staffs and even in writing proposals for customers now. The blog has been an outlet for me to write about the sport and team I love and it has been received well by most people. I don’t know the exact numbers of readers since I wrote my first blog on the Winter Hawks (then, Winterhawks now) website back in the 2005-06 season, but it is a large six-figure number.
I know that many people feel that what I write is sanitized by the Hawks organization, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve never been told what I can or can not write nor have they tried to control the message that I send.
When I started, there weren’t very many (or any) WHL specific blogs that I can remember, now there are dozens. They are a great source of information and mine has been lacking in that lately. I’ve kept writing, mainly for the parents of the players who frequent the site looking for any shred of news on their sons. I am always flattered and humbled when I meet the parents (for either the first time or the 20th) and they tell me how much they appreciate what I write.
But, with that being said…I need a break from feeling obligated to write. I’ve thought about this for a while and the time is right in my head now. I will return soon, hopefully recharged and mind cleared. I may give Todd the ability to post here to fill some space, but I haven’t talked to him about that in a while…and that is if he wants to.
And I will say that Dylan and Samantha each bring a lot in the OregonLive blogs that I’ve linked to on the left…if you haven’t check them out, do so.
Thanks for reading…and thanks for your patience until I return…lastly, you can always send me questions at email@example.com or to Todd and I both at firstname.lastname@example.org.