23 January 2017

The End of the Line

When I started this blog almost seven years ago, in what was a simpler time, I simply saw it as a forum for me to share my opinions on sports. Whether or not it was read by anybody never really crossed my mind, it was simply something I would do in my spare time. I never thought it would turn into what it is today, something not only with over 3.5 million pageviews but also something I would make money off of.

But from the get-go, I knew that there would a point where it would have to come to an end. There was never an expectation that B-Flo 360 would get to the point where I could live off of it, nor was it something I ever wanted to do full-time, and thus I always knew that there would be a point where I would have to make a choice to keep it going or bring it to a conclusion.

Now is that time. And there are a few reasons why I think that is the case.

One of the trends that I have noticed in recent years on the blog is that outside of the NFL season, my blogging has grown more inconsistent. For example during baseball season, I wasn't doing much more than the MLB on Fox posts. And even during the NFL season, I was basically doing just picks and the announcer posts. Largely that's due to the fact that the media posts tend to do really well but it has become one of my disappointments that I don't write more here.

Also, now that I have become a quote-unquote adult, with a job, an apartment and all that, I have found it harder to dedicate as much focus and energy now than I was able to back in high school and then college.

Lastly, I feel that as a result of that last point, my performance on the blog has declined and has gotten sloppier. I have noticed that I have been making more mistakes and been doing a poorer job editing myself.

Therefore, I think it is time to close up shop. I will always be thankful for the people that have read it over the years, whether it be from day one or more so in recent years, I still look back and am amazed that people actually read this stuff. And I never would have expected it would get to the point where a colleague at Fox News recognized me from my blog before he even met me. That was pretty cool.

But from this point on, with the exception of my picks next week for Super Bowl LI, there will be no more new content (although I will keep up updating the announcing schedules for the NBA, NHL and college basketball). As always, you can catch me on Twitter here where I will still pontificate and rant about sports and just about everything else.

So to quote the great Maury Povich, until next time America.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the blog...I always enjoyed reading it and looked forward to the NFL tv viewing maps on a weekly basis.

    Congratulations on embracing a new chapter in your life!

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  2. Ben,
    I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication in making these posts throughout your high school and college career, and I wish you continued success in the next steps of your life.

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  3. Thanks for your hard work and always entertaining content Ben! Cheers to your next endeavor.

    Lindy

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  4. Hi Ben
    It was fun to read your thoughts and predictions. Best of Luck.

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  5. Watching you grow through this site has been fascinating and exciting. Enjoy your new challenges and thanks for keeping us informed.
    John Sabini, New York

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  6. wuss. should have stayed with the blog.

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  7. Such a bummer- I loved reading the blog. You did great work always.....

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