The Perils of Reinventing Yourself

The past year has been an absolute whirlwind for me. I undertook a handful of new ventures, one of them being a Pirates blog, Pittsburgh Pine Tar (perhaps you’ve heard of it, perhaps you haven’t). I picked up a couple of extra meager-wage jobs along the way, too (as if I needed more, right??).

In the midst of all of it, I wanted to try and do more with my own personal blogging venture since, as you can tell, my last post to date was in early April. Some may argue blogging about the Pirates winning on Opening Day was a bad omen, but I digress…

I went on to purchase my own domain, www.joshtaylorsrow.com, in hopes of setting up my blog there and taking charge of what had previously been a very sporadic track record as a blogger. Simple plan, right? Not so much.

Yes, I had purchased the domain. Yes, I had purchased a blogging software tool that provided so many different features, including a widget for my own podcasts and a built-in podcast recorder. The problem was I didn’t like the things I had to give up control of, like the design of my site for instance. In order to have the layout, color scheme and header/footer scheme I wanted, I had to pay extra. However, in defense of the kind folks at GoDaddy, they don’t know I dwell in the cellar of sports media for a living. Clearly no one enters into this industry for the generous wage earnings, and certainly no one comes in looking to be satisfied with mine (on that note, I’m thankful to have been blessed with a dangerously flexible sense of humor and an unusually high comfort level with being self-deprecating).

After weeks of frustration and a continuous desire to not want to spend more money, I decided to finally scrap the paid blog software and revert back to my free WordPress site where I can do what I want and I always liked the setup in the first place. Plus I figure since I own the domain for a year, why not put it to use? So I have decided to upgrade my WordPress blog in order to use my domain name for my blog and — get this — I can actually afford it!

So without any further ado, I would like to welcome you all to the future home of JoshTaylorsRow.com. I’m not going to make the same mistake I’ve made the past several times I’ve tried to re-establish my sports blogging status with empty promises that I’m going to write more often and do all this other stuff I hadn’t done before.

The truth is I have four jobs. I barely have time to sleep, much less blog. That said, it would behoove me to use my inherent insomnia to my blog’s benefit, but like I said, no guarantees. At this point I’ll be happy if someone other than my two most loyal readers (you know who you are, Bekah and Doug) decides to read this thing and leaves a comment other than spam. I will consider that a huge moral victory.

(My apologies to those who expected a lot more fanfare with that announcement. In retrospect, I’m just as unfulfilled as you are.)

Oh well. Here goes nothing… again…

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