Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saying Farewell (to the mandatory posts)

View out my window right now
If I'm being honest, I will admit that I have thought about blogging for quite some time. I had flirted with the concept of putting some of my thoughts and ideas out there for the world to see. The thought of doing so put a fear in me that had never allowed me to take the next step.

It's funny how things work out. Little did I know my strategic communication and emerging media course would force me to step into the unknown. At times I can be one of those people who prefer to stand on the dock, looking out to the horizon for the boat, then when the boat is tied up to the dock, I'm still reluctant to step aboard. I have to be diligent to put my feet out in the water and swim before I see.

I'm married to a "jump-off-the-dock-and-swim-until-a-boat-appears" kind of guy. And I love that about him. He's fearless and courageous, and importantly, he encourages me. He laughed when I told him I had to write one blog per week for this course. His laugh wasn't at me, it was at the fact that he'd known I had already contemplated doing it but hadn't taken the leap.

Some of my unease was rooted in uncertainty. Ironically, what I've found through this process is that blogging has become an enjoyable outlet for me. It's a time, once a week, to learn, reflect, ponder and try to make sense of topics. It reminds me of volunteering. Often the volunteer is left feeling more blessed that the recipient of his or her service.

While this marks the end of my mandatory weekly blog posts, my hope is that it's only the beginning of Stoll on Sports. I plan to broaden the topics addressed from communications to other areas, focus more on the sport context, and not lose sight of what's truly important. The posts may come a little less frequently, but I hope you'll join me as I continue down this journey that has been so rewarding.

And with that, I'm going to go enjoy this bluebird fall Colorado day! Until next time, this is Stoll on Sports. 

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