Sports Media Journal

With All Good Intentions

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.  (Buddha)

 In 2007 I started Sports Media Journal (SMJ).   As our About Us page states, the idea was to create “a site where you’ll find out more about the people and organizations that manage and report sports.”

Even though the sports media beat was well-covered on a national and local level back then, I felt a need to delve deeper.  My idea was to provide commentary and interview the people who make up this industry.  I was able to do much of that over the last six-plus years, especially on the podcast we launched with Ken Fang of Fang’s BitesSports Media Weekly.

I began Sports Media Journal as a hobby, as do many others who create blogs.  I knew that the success of the blog would be based on consistent, quality writing that is not found anywhere else.  Even though I did have advertising on the site, the future of SMJ was never contingent on making a profit.

I have a full-time job outside of SMJ which is the focus of my weekdays.  Spending time with my wife and daughter take-up the remaining hours of the week.  I could not be happier when it comes to my personal and professional life.  I am truly blessed.

In recent months it has been more difficult to post regularly on SMJ.  My level of interest in sports media has waned.  And as I creep closer to 50, I feel the need to simplify my life.

Therefore, as of January 1, 2014, Sports Media Journal will be no more.  I will still own the domain and over the next few months the blog’s content will be migrated away from a hosted site to a free website service.  I can still be reached at keith@sportsmediajournal.com.

I am eternally thankful to those of you who made SMJ a regular stop for news and information.  It amazes me how many of you are as interested in sports media as me.

I have met some incredible people both inside and outside the sports media industry over the six-plus years I have owned SMJ.  I have made many new friends.

Even though I leave the sports media beat, there are so many people doing great work. Among them:

Looking back I have no regrets in starting Sports Media Journal.  Ideas spring to life.  People evolve.  Peace.

 

 

 

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Time for a Timeout

The staff here at Sports Media Journal (me) needs to recharge its batteries from time to time.  Now is one of those times.

I will be away from the site for a little over a week.  We will we will be back, all tanned and rested (well, hopefully rested), on April 23rd.

Thanks for your continued support of SMJ!

Add SMJ to a Circle on Google+

Sports Media Journal has expanded its social media reach by now having a brand page on Google+.

I have been using my personal Google+ page to promote what we do here at SMJ.  But now all our posts will be linked to the new Google+ SMJ page.  If you’d still like to follow me on my personal Google+ page, please do so.  But know that I will be posting more than just news from and about SMJ.

If you are on Google+ add us to one of your circles today.

SMJ Video: Blogs with Balls 4, Mike Hall, NESN

Our final interview from the Blogs with Balls 4 conference last Saturday is with Mike Hall from NESN…

If you saw our video with Richard Deitsch, you noticed the appearance of an unwelcome visitor to our shot. It wasn’t the first time that happened. Here’s what happened during our talk with Mike Hall…

SMJ Video: Blogs with Balls 4, Chris Lucas, HHR Media

I had the opportunity to attend the Blogs with Balls 4 conference this past Saturday in New York City.  I’ll have a complete wrap-up of the event during tonight’s Sports Media Weekly Podcast with Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites.

I also had a chance to conduct a few interviews with some of those at the conference.  Here is the first one…a talk with Chris Lucas of HHR Media, the organizers of the event..