Monday, February 7, 2011

Don't call it a comeback.

Much like LL Cool J, I've been here for years. But where have I been?

Well, unsurprisingly, running a news website is a bit more work than being a general assignment reporter. I mean, especially with the stuff I was doing, which was mostly court beat and Friday night emergency coverage – Unless something was blowing up, I generally had five to 10 free hours a week at “work.” Yay for journalism!

Now that I am the boss again, and more importantly on salary, the dynamic changes a bit. There is more of an incentive for me to do things quickly and correctly, especially since I work for an online news site. (In case you're unawares: Narragansett Patch. It's an AOL venture, and now in 22 states; you can see if one is near you by clicking here. If you want to help me out, feel free to randomly click on a bunch of stories all over the place - Relax, I won't tattle.)

The first couple months have been ones of adjustment – Both from the perspective that I suddenly have more work to do, and from the perspective that the company I work for is still young and trying new things out. It's pretty exciting, and I can honestly say I haven't been this psyched about a job since I ran my college newspaper. (Then again, one of my friends dubbed my Patch site Version 2.0 of our college paper, since half the staff are people I knew from college. Hey, gotta network.)

So, I have been looking to restart this blog for a couple weeks now. At first, my plan was to do so on or about January 1, but life interfered. Likewise, I thought February 1 was a splendid day, but unfortunately, I've alternated between chills, sweats, fever and flu. Also, I did finally get a Playstation 3, so I've been picking away at Final Fantasy XIII for the past month or so. (General impressions: Like the game, especially like story.)

Consider this my “welcome back to blogging” post. Thanks for all of you who have gently and not-so-gently needled me into this – It's nice to see I wasn't completely forgotten. (Somewhat sad note though: My average hits per day increased by 50 percent ever since I left. Go figure.) I will be dropping down in post frequency and length, from seven days a week to just three – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However, more posts will be time-delayed and queued up, so I should be better with sticking to the 7 p.m. EST schedule. (We'll see!)

The photo comes from this site, and you can buy it on a shirt! Awesome!


  1. You'll have to let me know your PS3 name, I'll add you next time I'm on.

  2. Glad to hear you are enjoying both the new gig and playing boss man. We are here when you are ready. Have a great week!

  3. Hey Stephen.. Nice to have you back :)

  4. @ Ash and The Empress - Thanks!

    @ Matthew - I have actually played nothing online yet, since all I have is FF13 and God of War III. I have been thinking about getting a sports game of some sort. Are any of the NCAA football or basketball games good? I believe my user ID is SGreenwell.

  5. I haven't played any of the realistic basketball games yet. NBA Jam is moderately entertaining but not worth paying full price for.

    NCAA Football is pretty good. I have the 2010 version of that. I will say that 2011 Madden is the first Madden game I've enjoyed since 2006.

  6. @ Matthew - Yeah, I was psyched about NBA Jam for my Wii, and then I saw it was like $40 or so. ick. I love the game, but I can play it on MAME for free.

    I'll probably check out the next NCAA Football game. At the worst, it'll probably be fun to sim a bunch of seasons in a row, like I do with the PS2 version.

  7. WOW! You're back!!! I've been wondering if all was okay!! So glad you are back and blogging again!!! Yay! :) So happy everything is going well for you!

  8. @ P - Thanks! You know, every time I see you comment, I think of The Rentals song "Friends of P".

    @ THE Frisky Virgin - You and a lot of people, haha. Someone actually e-mailed me, so I figured I should start it back up, at the very least, to prevent further rumors of my demise :)


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