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