I mean, after 14 years in one place, maybe I should see more of what it's like out there in the working world. I can go back to school if need be to freshen up on skills that I may have forgotten over time. I can finally visit places that for years I have not been able to go because of my schedule. I can get more involved in my kids' activities (my son wants to follow in his sister's footsteps...literally...by joining band as a percussionist).
And then, reality sets in (ie, becoming broke), and I realize that I really need to look for a job.
All kidding aside, with eight more days before my company shuts its doors for good, I am really starting to scramble. I have all the information I need once I become displaced (I wasn't laid off, I wasn't fired, the company is closing...that's why I'm going to be out of work), and will take advantage of a lot of programs that came with the unemployment packet (AllKids insurance for example...thanks Blago).
The good news is that I will be able to focus a bit more time on my blogs. Meaning I can devote more energy to this dog-and-pony-show-of-a-blog, the All-Star Team Tournament that I've neglected, maybe adding more to the Topps 300 (and then some...), and most importantly, the Sports Card Blogroll). The bad news? I might have to stop buying cards for a while...or at least until I find a job.
Anyway, it's been two months again, and I have once again failed to update the SCBR. Some blogs being removed are at seven months of inactivity. While I promised to be a bit more timely, as you can probably guess, it hasn't been a big priority of mine lately. I apologize for this...AGAIN. On with the show.
On July 7, the last time I updated the big Blogroll, I ended with 361 active blogs. Within the last two months, I have added six new blogs to the roster, and returned HOF blogDinged Corners to the active ranks (both Patricia and Lucy posted in August...I had to do it). So now, there are presently 367 blogs listed on the site.
The following sites will now be removed due to six (or seven) months of inactivity:
- Uncataloged Baseball Cards
- Hobbs' Knights
- Funny Baseball Cards
- Collector From Across The Pond (you can catch Tony at Cards Beyond Oceans)
- A Cardboard Problem (more on this later)
- Henchmeister's Junk Blog
- Long Fly Ball to Because.......
- Daily Sports Blog
- Cheap Card Collecting
- Hobby Spot Daily
- Detroit Tigers Cards and Stuff
- Rants, reviews and fandom
Regarding "A Cardboard Problem." Marie and Sooz (both can be followed on Twitter as @baseballzochand @yanxchick / @soozonsports are very busy ladies who have real lives outside of the Hobby. Sooz (aka Susan Lulgjuraj) recently got a gig with the Number One Source in the Hobby, and after months of being a contributing editor, she is now the Football and Hockey editor for Beckett Media. Congrats to Sooz on the job. A couple of months ago, she sent me an e-mail:
I started a new card blog. I haven't written on A Cardboard Problem in a long time. I don't know if Marie is going to keep that up.
My response to her was that I had no problem adding her new site (Cards By Sooz) and that if ACP reached six months of inactivity, I was going to add their site to the Blogroll HOF. Why? ACB was an extremely well written blog by a couple of serious collectors who, at one point, had more than 6,000 unique visitors per month. They were one of the pioneers of Hobby Blogging and set an example for other bloggers to follow. Both are still active (did I mention that you can find them on Twitter?) but the blog is not. So it is my great honor to add A Cardboard Problem to the Blogroll Hall of Fame (joining 88 Topps Cards, the Baseball Card Blog, and Dinged Corners). Congratulations ladies. Well done.
So once again, I ask, implore, beg and plead, as I always do when writing these posts. If you or someone you know has a blog about the Hobby we all love, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know about it. If your blog was on the big SCBR and was removed from inactivity but are planning on rejoining the big Hobby Blogging Community, let me know as well so I can put your blog back on the roster.