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What the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will look like after the current renovation, in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Image courtesy of sportsfeatures.com
COMMEMORATING THREE HUNDRED POSTS ON THIS BLOG
January 21, 2015.
After writing for the Bleacher Report and Fansided sites for a total of seven years, helping to start Fansided’s http://GoJoeBruin.com in the process,
After taking a few weeks off after the holidays to rest and recuperate,
And after writing for and ultimately answering to someone else,
It was high time for me to start my own sports blog.
Which is how this site was born.
I know it’s both stating the obvious and a cliché, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s hard to believe that as of this piece, SoCal Sports Annals now has three hundred posts.
Judging from the statistics page which I periodically check, this blog is doing pretty well considering that it’s a small blog with no intention of competing with Bleacher Report, Fansided, Yahoo, etc; setting highs for views as every month so far this year has set an all-time high for views for that particular month.
More than anything else, I wanted an outlet where I can write without any interference or anyone pressuring me about getting many views and reads,
Where I can write what I want and how I want.
To do my own thing.
Essentially and for all intents and purposes, this blog – writing articles and posting them on its Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/socalsportshub) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/socalshfanatic) pages, along with highlight videos and other things, as well as following various sporting events on the Twitter page and going to different places and events of interest to write stories about them – is my own business that I am running.
And it’s quite safe to say that after nearly three and a half years and 300 articles, I’m enjoying it.
I thought this would be cool to share: A team from the Compton Little League in 1974. Photo courtesy of lasentinel.net
FUTURE PLANS FOR SOCAL SPORTS ANNALS…
As I have stated, one of my main goals of this blog is to write about and cover stuff that’s not usually covered by the mainstream sites, blogs, and newspapers; my coverage of UCLA’s gymnastics team and the article I wrote about my high school alma mater’s girls lacrosse team (Here’s the link to that piece: http://www.socalsportsannals.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/a-new-sports-experience-my-very-first-lacrosse-game/) are prime examples of that.
That wasn’t necessarily the case when I first started SoCal Sports Annals, as I was writing about Los Angeles’ pro and major college teams (UCLA and USC football and men’s basketball) and making sure those sports were covered, even hiring someone to wrote about SoCal’s two hockey teams, the Kings and the Ducks, and about the experience at a Trojan football and basketball game.
In other words, I was basically doing the same thing I was doing on SoCal Sports Hub – which turned into The 110 Report and the current L.A. Sports Hub – and GoJoeBruin.
That philosophy has evolved, as while teams like the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, and Rams will still be written about,
And while I will still do previews and season wrap-ups of those clubs, along with the Bruins and ‘SC on the gridiron – of course the week-long Crosstown Rivalry coverage in mid-November will continue,
I plan to de-emphasize that a bit in favor of increasing my coverage of things that are sort of ignored in the mainstream sports media.
I would also like to include more soccer on this blog, as illustrated by this version of the Crosstown Rivalry here. Photo courtesy pf patch.com
For instance, this week I plan to attend a little league playoff game and write about that atmosphere; as I was involved in little league for nearly two decades as a coach, it will be interesting to check that out.
I also plan to see either a high school baseball or softball playoff game later this month and write about that, as well as attend the annual game between two longtime L.A. rivals, Crenshaw and Dorsey high schools, this fall to check out that atmosphere and experience.
An article about weekend pick-up softball, which is a common thing in SoCal and which I am personally involved in, will appear on this blog this summer.
And a significant goal of mine will be to go to a minor league baseball game – the Single-A California League has several teams in SoCal, including in San Bernardino (where the Angels have a farm team called the Inland Empire 66ers) and Rancho Cucamonga (where the Dodgers have a farm team called the Quakes) – and document the experience of going to a game at that level without the huge crowds, bells and whistles of Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium.
That is an experience that I, having the baseball and softball background that I have, has much potential to be a lot of fun.
By writing about these and other sports and events not covered by outlets like the Los Angeles Times and MSN, I strongly feel that it will make this blog more interesting and unique.
Which is an ultimate goal of mine.
I also would like this blog, if its growth continues, to eventually reach a point where I can start a program of hiring young interns to cover things like high school sports and youth programs.
That would be an excellent way for me to give back to the community, I feel.
As For Now…
It should go without saying that three hundred posts on any blog, along with having over 1,130 followers on its Twitter page and 150 “Likes” on its Facebook page – not bad for a small sports site – is quite the achievement, this blog being no exception.
I can only thank the Good Lord for blessing me to do this, and the progress it has made to this point.
And the Good Lord willing, that progress will continue.
Something that I dearly hope I will be able to see and check out for this blog: A minor league game (this one is the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes). Photo courtesy of milb.com