Growing up in a medium sized, baseball crazed town of Cincinnati, I really had little choice of how I would spend my free time. Some of my earliest memories are at the Opening Day Parade in which the city practically closes down every year to commemorate the start of a new baseball season. For those that are unaware, the Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball organization and, to commemorate that, open the season at home every year. This oddity, along with the false hope that our team will do anything positive in the upcoming season captures my midwestern town every spring.
I guess you could say that baseball, or more specifically, sports were the reason that I was determined to read. I wanted the full scope of each game and the stories behind the game that often fall through the cracks. I grew up reading Enquirer writers John Fay and Paul Daugherty. I also enjoy sports radio, an extension of writing, in which opinions are pivotal. Currently, I enjoy listening to Rich Eisen and even podcasts like the Lowe Post to get my in-depth sports journalism.
While I appreciate blogging and other types of sports journalism, I especially enjoy writing. I look at writing as an opportunity to allow the outside world to hear my opinions on any topic that I choose to write about. I especially enjoyed being the sports editor for my high school newspaper and writing a sport ethics blog last winter. My writing process follows a strict pattern. I prefer to write the whole piece in one sitting, without making any edits. It is in this frame of mind, not worrying about making mistakes or even about writing a terrible piece, that I do my best work. No mater the assignment or activity, when I leave my anxiety out of the process and only wory about what I am doing at that moment, I do my best. Upon leaving my work for a couple of days, in essence taking the emotion out of it, I began to edit.