Allow me to break the fourth wall for just a moment here. When I created this blog last year, it was intended to be for Mid-American Conference recruiting and that’s it. At the time, I had blogging as a hobby since I was living in Indiana (where I had no family or friends) as a newspaperman. I thought that this would be my platform for recruiting updates and *Free on Saturday would be the blog that I would write literally anything else MAC football related on.
*- if you’re unfamiliar with Free on Saturday (aka “FoSat” for short), it’s just a small MAC football-sided blog with a pair of Hustle Belt alums — Justin Coffin and Brandon Fitzsimons.
I kept up with writing both on here and on FoSat throughout the season and through bowl season, but content over there has sort of fizzled out since December. To start the new year, I opened up a newsletter, which was just something I’ve always wanted to do and will continue to contribute to. Somehow I ended up with three places to write about one sport in one conference and that just doesn’t make any sense. I don’t plan on leaving any of them, but I needed to figure out which would be my mainstay.
After some thought, I figured that I should just be more liberal with my content here on MAC Prospectus, opening up to articles that aren’t recruiting-only. It’s my hope that this move will be better for the blog, but more importantly, for my own sanity.
If you’re not in the know, I left Indiana back in October to be closer to my family — specifically my sister and baby niece. I still believe that the move was best for them even if it meant that I had to leave my first journalism job with KPC Media Group Inc. as a sports editor, a job that I really loved having and hated leaving. Things are still weird with me not being paid to write every day and I feel like I’m back to where I was before I took the job. I’m working a non-journo job and I’m blogging for free. I’ve got to make the most of it and telling myself “no, I can’t write that on here, it has to be on a different blog” isn’t a progressive way of handling my situation.
Right now, MAC Prospectus has well over 2,000 followers on Twitter. The account has basically just been used for recruiting purposes (duh) which has helped me communicate with recruits and coaches, but it’s also built up a following of fans that actually do care about the incredibly niche topic of MAC football recruiting. Those are readers that I really appreciate, those are readers that I want to keep and continually entertain.
MAC Prospectus is my MAC football blog. It’ll cover what we see on Saturdays (and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays). It’ll cover recruiting. It’ll touch on college football, the Group of 5, so on and so forth, just as long as me providing MAC football content is the bottom line.