I started Troy’s Thoughts on Sports in March 2007. At the time, it was just another rinky dink project-blog of mine. I occasionally blogged in 2005 and 2006 on Blogspot/Blogger (or whatever it is called now), but nothing really stuck. One day, as the baseball season loomed, I wanted to write, and I wanted a new platform. I didn’t really give a lot of thought to the name (“no shit!“); I just wanted to emit word vomit onto the screen via my keyboard.
At the time I wanted to be a sportswriter/sports journalist. I consumed every bit of reading material I could possibly get my hands on. I studied the late William Zinsser’s book, “On Writing Well” (still a personal favorite of mine, and I believe I wrote about it during November 2007), read the work of the late, great David Halberstram (who passed away about a month after I started TSTOS)… the list goes on. I read as much different material as I could to find my own voice.
2007 was an extremely fun time to write a sports blog, too. In fact, if anybody else reading this remembers (that is, if you were an active sports blogger that year), there was an emphatic sports blog boom in 2007. I can’t remember all the websites back then (that Bleacher Report now mirrors), but there were a lot of ventures you could go as someone interested in sports and writing about them. WordPress was hotter than ever with people giving their takes in sports. I met a lot of really interesting and nice people. I had a blast.
2008 was a great year for sports blogging, too. While the sports blog boom from 2007 wasn’t as apparent, it was still a hot commodity. I dabbled on a short-term side project that May called “Clogged Arteries”. It was fun while it lasted.
I wrote a decent bit in the first half of 2009, but by June I no longer wanted to bother with TSTOS, and after June 15th of that year, I made TSTOS private for the first time ever. 2009 was an excellent personal year for yours truly. I was ecstatic with my life and didn’t have an urge to write. 2010 — about January or February — is when I reopened TSTOS. I wrote here and there in 2010, but blogging took a backdrop to my life as that year, in contrast with 2009, was incredibly stressful and — in hindsight — infuriating. If I could redo 2010, I would in a heartbeat and I’d make a drastic decision in the beginning of that year that I didn’t make when I could have. I would’ve been better off cutting someone out of my life in February 2010 rather than allowing that same person to string me on until December 2011.
Speaking of 2011, I went on a little bit of a blogging spurt for a while, but not enough to be ‘back’. 2012 and and the majority of 2013 were dead years for TSTOS. However, in the second half of 2013, I went on a spree. I continued to write a lot in 2014. In the last half of 2013 and by June 2014, I had to deal with a few idiots trolling my blog. Here’s a lesson I’d like to give everyone: please don’t reply to trolls, because doing so is like fanning a fire! To be more specific, there was a molecular structured dunce in the guise of a troll that followed TSTOS for months (November 2013 – June 2014) accusing me of stealing work. I never once stole one single solitary piece of work from anybody else. What this troll was doing was, he’d pick bits and pieces out of random writings of mine and try to spin my words off as disingenuous. It all culminated in June 2014 when he tried to cause a big stink with a true Canadian asshole by the name of James Fail. In a ‘mass flood’ sort of way, James Fail and his subordinate group of cronies attempted to flood my blog with comments and other ignorant shit. My biggest mistake is giving the troll the time of day. I made TSTOS private for a few days before returning.
2015 was marked by occasional postings; 2016 has been a drought much like 2012 and the first half of 2013.
Something I didn’t anticipate but happened (pleasantly): I made some money my blogging. It wasn’t a huge amount, but it was nice, and it came from a PR director who advised a few sports sites that wanted to guest post on here. I had a custom domain for two years (March/April 2014 — March 2016) and it was nice. I never anticipated making any kind of money whatsoever from TSTOS, but it happened and I’m grateful for it. I might delve into the venture of blogging with business oriented goals in the future. Stay tuned.
“Wait, what? I thought you were shutting TSTOS down permanently? You never explained…”
About the wanting to be a sportswriter: by 2011, I lost my passion/luster for it. Why? I don’t know. I just did. I didn’t care about sports journalism anymore. I still don’t. I continued writing for fun. But anyway, why would I want to spend 30-40 years of my life interviewing and writing about entitled assholes with big talents on the fields/courts and even bigger bank accounts? Most of the sportswriters I’ve met have been huge assholes. I guess I can see where they are coming from, but a majority of them are bitter drunkards. I don’t want to live that way.
Business runs in my blood. My late father owned a successful business selling coal mining parts in southwest Virginia. To me, his life (albeit short — 49 years) embodied the All-American dream. He grew up with absolutely nothing. Seven brothers and two sisters. Poorer than dirt. Absolute struggle. All that culminated in a lot of hard work, perseverance, dedication and — ultimately — success. I’m obligated to be successful, too, in his memory. I carry his name and don’t want to let him down. He always pushed me to succeed, to work hard, to chase my goals/dreams and again, I’m obligated to do that. I’m obligated to bust my ass and chase what I want. I’m entitled to absolutely nothing.
So, why do I want to call it quits on TSTOS? Because I want to start something brand new. TSTOS ran its course a long time ago, and I probably should’ve already pulled the plug. Four months shy of the TSTOS 10-year anniversary feels like a good time to take this blog off of life support.
I’ve made a horde of beautiful memories on here.