hello, its me. i wanted to quickly say a few words about what i plan to do moving forward and what has happened since i left. a few weeks ago, i wrote a quick post saying that the site would not die, and that i was debating making a return. so, now that ive had some time to think about things, i wanted to update you. as some of you know, brevity was never my specialty, so the rest of this entry is below the fold
for those of you who do not know me, my name is james. i started this website in….2006? 2007? either way, it feels like it happened at least 15 years ago. the idea came to me one day at work, at an old dead end job. my job was not stimulating, and i needed something to keep me occupied. at the time, i was really interested in minor league baseball, especially the phillies, so it sort of just happened. i decided to start a website devoted to nothing but phillies prospects. you may not believe it now, but at the time, there really weren’t many websites devoted to talking about baseball prospects, and there weren’t many sites devoted to talking about prospects from just one team.
the first few iterations of the site were very basic, almost embarrassing. i wrote a bunch of crap about a bunch of bad prospects. but i spent the next 6 months or so looking for ways to make the site better, to make it easier to read, and to actually create content worth reading. time progressed, a few people were generous enough to write stuff, and the site grew exponentially. i moved in 2008, i started a new job in 2010, and from there, my involvement in the site began to fluctuate. by the beginning of 2012, i had lost a lot of the motivation to really grow the site and make it better. my job took a turn for the very busy, and i wanted to start writing about other stuff. i made the decision sometime in 2012, i think it was in may, to stop writing for phuturephillies.com
gregg was kind enough to take over for me. from that point forward, i essentially divorced myself from the site and from thinking about phillies prospects. i still followed the phillies, i still occasionally looked at box scores, but for the most part, it was a clean break. i tried writing a novel, which i abandoned after 40,000 words. i wrote about some other things. i spent a lot of time traveling for work (almost 150,000 miles flown since mid-2012), i spent a lot of time exploring other things. and now, i’m here again.
gregg informed me recently that he did not have time to maintain the site going forward as he had been doing. which is understandable. i told him when he took over almost 3 years ago that if he ever felt like he had to move on or stop looking after the site, he should tell me. he told me. and im glad he did. so, here is what is next.
my plan is to again take full ownership of the site and the day to day running of the site. i read through the comments to my last post and a number of people mentioned being willing to pay a monthly amount of money. that isn’t needed. when i started the site, my stated goal was that i was not doing this to make money. i didnt want to run ads on the site and i still dont want to. this site was started out of a love of baseball, the phillies, and prospects. that is what i want it to be about now, 7 years later.
moving forward, here are the things i am focused on:
a. getting a feel for the design of the site and maybe making changes. it looks different now than it did when i left. wordpress seems to have added in a bunch of stuff. i need to look behind the curtain, see what is there, see what can be done, and then figure out what i want to do. im sure the general layout will stay the same. i might make a few tweaks.
b. i would like to do full affiliate reports. im not sure if those were done for all the affiliates in my absence. we have some time to figure out the logistics. gregg informed me that a devoted writer, jim peyton, has the FSL and GCL covered and hes done excellent work. so that is a great start. jim, please get in touch with me (email at the bottom) so that i can say hi and you can let me know if you are still interested in writing moving forward.
c. daily box score recaps. these will still be a thing. when i was doing it, i used mspaint and compiled them. i can show someone how to do it. its not a whole lot of fun to do this every day. i can do it. if someone would like to volunteer, then please volunteer.
d. draft coverage. i plan for this to be my “big return” this year. i want to write a lot about the draft. like, a lot. my goal is to write at least once a week about draft related stuff starting in february, with more stuff as we get closer to the draft. it might not just be phillies-related, it might be draft in general.
e. weekly discussions. im generally not a fan of just one big sprawling discussion, but i understand that it really has to be allowed here. so there will be 1 weekly discussion topic post thing. id like if people could generally stick to at least trying to focus on the minor league discussion there. there are tons of good places to talk about how terrible the big league club is. the good phight is a great place to start. if someone wants to be responsible for creating this once a week topic, let me know.
f. i plan to write other stuff in the interim. how frequently, i can’t say. hopefully at least one new piece a week, maybe it will be like a weekly sunday notes column where i write a longer post once a week with assorted thoughts, links, etc. but it will be at least once a week where i write something longer, and maybe more frequent shorter think-piece type things.
so, i’m going to work on getting a feel for things. its post-winter meetings now. spring training is weeks away. thing will be quiet. if the phillies decide to further tear down the dilapidated building that is their 25 man roster, i’ll post trade related thoughts. if you currently write or contribute to this site, i’d appreciate if you contact me via email to say hello, tell me what you are currently writing/contributing, and tell me what you’d like to do moving forward. if you would like to contribute in one of the areas discussed above, you should also email me to say hello and tell me what you want to do.
i appreciate all of the nice comments from my last post. its nice to know that people appreciate this site and all of the hard work it took to create it and that it currently takes to maintain it. a huge thanks to gregg for keeping it going during my sabbatical. my hope is that i can get back into it and take it forward and that you’ll continue to come back. i am going to figure out the password to phuturephillies at gmail dot com, so please use that email going forward. its good to be back. thanks for reading.