It all started in December when Ethan Jaynes and I were introduced online by a mutual friend. Ethan was a hustler who likes video clips and does great stuff over at NESW Sports. I was taught so many things about what people want to see, the importance of building up a regular reader base, and most importantly treating my peers with respect.
Soon after, Paneech.com was born. This, again, is mostly in part to Ethan Jaynes. I began doing link posts and making friends with as many bloggers as I could to help get my stuff out there.
I noticed that there was so much less stress in writing my own stuff because I didn’t have to care what anyone else thought. The views expressed on Paneech.com are mine and I didn’t have to try to write a certain way or do things the way that the site does. Ethan was pretty easy to get along with and very supportive, so it reduced the stress.
Yesterday, I did a piece for The Hoopdoctors on the Cavs and Hawks series. It was a cool spot and I was honored to contribute to a blog that specialized in one sport, respected my views enough to ask for a contribution, and got some exposure.
Earlier this year, I accepted a position with Fansided blogs to run an Indians Website called Deep Left Field, which I really enjoyed doing. Unfortunately, keeping up with my own column is overwhelming at times and I recently had to step away from it. Again, Adam and Zach Best at Fansided were great people to work with. I had the green light to write whatever I wanted and prospered from that opportunity. If I had more time, I would still be doing that everyday, but for now all I can do is contribute from time-to-time.
I am currently filling in for Isaac at The World Of Isaac. Isaac was also very cool in giving me the go ahead to do whatever I see fit. I am trying very hard to make the posts look like other posts on the website so someone visiting doesn’t notice that my pal is in Hawaii eating a pig and singing Tiny Bubbles. I am nervous, as anyone would be, about posting things elsewhere sometimes. Call it human instinct.
Bottom line to me is that if something is timely and well-written people will read, hype, and comment on it. I have learned much from those above listed sites and thank them a thousand times over for putting their confidence in me.