Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Note About Astros County

Many of you have been loyal readers of Astros County since I started the blog almost six years ago. We have been through a lot together: a lot of team losses, four managers, countless INTERGRITY columns and jokes, I personally have moved three times (Cooperstown to Nashville to Texas) and added a daughter to the roster. Astros County has been one of the most fun hobbies I ever could have pursued.

You have probably realized by now that there just isn't as much content here as there had been for the previous five and a half years. This isn't a knock - at all - on the other Deputies of Astros County; They're adults with full-time jobs, families, and social lives, too. 

Things are a little different now, though. For 12 years I worked in museums and museum education. But this summer i had a crisis of conscience and packed up my wife and kid to return to Texas and teach high school history at a school where 91% of the students are on free and reduced lunch. 

So we're in a transition period now. In my previous jobs, I have had the flexibility to add a post in the middle of the day, or head home for a day game, or obsessively follow the draft with the promise that I'll come in to work over the weekend. I could always get done what I needed to get done and still try to maintain The Brand. I could be a card-carrying Rovellian. 

Obviously in my new job, I'm not going to stop a class on the Renaissance to see what's happening with the Astros - no matter how appealing that may be. For the last couple of weeks I've been in teacher in-service, and just haven't been able to keep up with the team at a level that was fairly commonplace before. Any tweets you saw from the AC account came from the bathroom (no joke). 

I guess I'm asking you to bear with Astros County. We will not shut it down, we just need some time to figure out how it'll look in the future, and how I can write about the Astros and, you know, be a good teacher. We will produce #content and increase the reach of our #brand, it may just take a little time...

Hugs and kisses,
The Constable

 


15 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Been following the blog for a good while, mostly lurking. Glad to hear it's going to continue, as it's been my go-to place for Astros news and opinions. Best of luck in the new gig.

Anonymous said...

Glad you have found your way back to Houston! Yes......most of us are just lurkers, but we enjoy this blog a LOT! In a nut shell, we are ALL just fans of this club!
Post when you can, and we will keep reading! Thanks!

Wes McMahan said...

You could always teach a history lesson on the Astros. You could give them a homework assignment where they turn in blog posts and the top 3 get posted.

ABlindHog said...

Welcome home. Your efforts and those of all the deputies are greatly appreciated.

Jay Dearth said...

I agree with everyone above. I've lurked on the site for years, it's been a great source for seeing what's happening down on the farm when it's too painful to follow the big league club. Good luck with the new gig, and I'll be reading whatever #content you do put out!

John Odom said...

back near the Houston area?

Anonymous said...

Very noble move! We look forward to reading whatever you have the time and energy to produce. God bless!

ntxlfty said...

You had me at loyal. Live your life.

JoeinAlaska said...

I live in western Alaska some 3400 miles from Houston. This blog is one of my few remaing links back to the area in which i grew up. I want to thank you and the other writers for you've done over the past six years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post, James. Here's hoping the move is a good one for you and your family. Royal Worm

Masked Marvel said...

Gosh, Constable, this will be a relief to the readers. They have probably thought up until now that you (i) just realised the Astros are not very good and (ii) are working on your other blog, Leeds United Shire (now that the EPL season has started)

Anonymous said...

Greeting from the Middle East. I rely on astroscounty for insight and information on beloved home team, and will look forward to content as you have time. Thanks. Good luck on the new job.

carter said...

keep up the great work! Just like the stros, there's ebbs and flows. we'll ride it out together.

long time reader in L.A. CA

Anonymous said...

Loyal reader and wayward Astros fan out of New York City. Keep up the great work and good luck in your newest endeavor!

Anonymous said...

You have spoiled me. You must keep going so I can get my Astos fix as I hug my 1969 Astros signed team ball.