Pull up a chair, faithful reader. I want to talk to you.
No, not the jewel encrusted, leather Lazy Boy with beer fridge built into the base given to me by his majesty Lord Xerxes. That is mine. Go over there and pull up one of those bar stools in the corner. Don’t worry about the duct tape, the staff wound it around the legs tight and well. It will hold it together. Those stools have served us well.
Your ole buddy, DangerNat celebrated his birthday yesterday. The celebration was tremendous. Everyone came out to the party at the Pfitz last night in Woodbridge to wish me well and take in a Potomac Nationals game. It was a sold out affair with over 6,600 readers reveling in what seemed a nearly endless flow of liquid malted wheat and barley. It was fantastic. Thanks to all who attended. Oh yeah, Stephen Strasburg was there last night and that might have had something to do with it, but he was only the frosting on a much bigger cake.
If you are wondering, I turned 31. One year past three decades in existence. It has been one hell of a trip to reflect back upon which I do every anniversary of my glorious first breath. What comes out of that reflection is a plethora of things that engage my life like politics, career goals, life goals, family and whether or not I just finally should replace the gutter on the house after a family of squirrels used it as a mating site. I also reflect, oddly enough, on sports, my sports teams and of course, the Nationals Inquisition.
Thinking deep on a Washington Nationals blog might seem relatively ridiculous because it is, but I will tell you a trade secret from this craft: every single Nationals blogger does it at least once at some point. The question usually comes as, “Why the hell am I doing this? What is the point? What is the endgame here?”
To be honest: I don’t know. The Inquisition really doesn’t have one. When I created the site I created it mainly for myself; kind of like admiring myself naked in front of a mirror sort of thing. That was back in ’07-’08. Years later, here I am still looking at myself in the mirror naked, admiring my blasted pecs, the curvature of my muscular calves and rubbing lotion into my keg that drives women wild– only now there are more people looking on with me and that creeps me out every time I think about it.
You might have noticed over the past few weeks a serious lack of updates and quality to some of the posts. You might have also noticed I’ve probably ignored, botched or downright crapped on a lot of Nationals news lately. Well, I have a confession to make: as much as it pains me to admit, I think I’ve experienced my first bout of “blogging burnout” in about four years. It is incredibly depressing and I feel bad because I know the NQ has some really fantastic readers and I want to deliver to you the best I have.
Lately, it hasn’t been the best I’ve had or at least in my view it hasn’t. I’m not sure what it is. Burn out, other outside blogging obligations, other obligations to other blogs, job, the water…I’m not sure. I love the Nationals and I love baseball and blogging so I am a bit confounded. All I know is it has lead over the past few weeks to neglect the blog a bit, feel a bit pressed and even yell at one of my favorite writers unjustly which only doubled my misery. Basically, I wasn’t having fun and I promised myself the day this crap stops being fun is the day I stop. No glorious good-byes, no five-gun salute. Just stop cold turkey.
I am announcing that the Nationals Inquisition is not stopping. Oh, no. You won’t be rid of this blog that easy, but what I am announcing (more like requesting from you, the loyal and sexy readers) that the NQ will be taking a week’s vacation to recalibrate and find ourselves again. I’ll continue my work with SB Nation DC and if big news breaks like Strasburg throws a no-hitter in Syracuse or Laynce Nix is abducted by space aliens during a game then I will try and jump on the NQ, but overall starting at the last word of this post, the NQ is on a little R&R for a week.
I am hoping to find the fun and enjoyment again after just taking a break. I want to think about the direction of this blog and Nationals blogging in general. I have a fear that Nats blogging is headed in a direction that we, the bloggers, aren’t realizing and in time might effect what we have created. I want to find a way to combat this, at least on my end of it.
I’ve decided to go where all Nationals bloggers go when trying to escape and think things out: Arkansas. So I am going to kick back next to a bog in the Ozarks with a glass of wine and Kerouac. I might visit a trout farm, go booger hunting or try and rattle up some razorbacks. I will do everything and anything, but Nationals baseball for a spell and try to find that old magic.
I am thanking you upfront for your patience and this break. I also want to give a shout out of thanks to Nationals Fangirl and Miss Chatter for talking it out with me on Blogger’s Night a week or two ago and making me feel like it is all going to be okay.
And it will.
The NQ is going to rock again. I promise– or rock for the first time depending on who you talk to.