Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Only Constant is Change

To say that I have been busy the last 2 months is an understatement. Finally however, the move is over, everything is unpacked, all the rooms are decorated and organized even the garage and shed. Shed is an understatement as it is half shed half workshop which is pretty cool. The last thing I need to do is get the tools hung up on the pegboard. My family even managed to fit in a vacation we had planned since last year before an out of state move even entered the picture.

So as I settle into the new routine VOTC is at a crossroads as my sporadic posts over the last few months might have indicated. You may or may not be aware that the site I oversaw content development for over the last several years, Card Corner Club has been acquired by Cardboard Connection and I have joined their team as a staff writer. I am still the weekly co-host of the radio show, although re-branded, as Cardboard Connection Radio and will be putting further time into that venture regarding advertising sales and sponsorships. In addition, I will be aggressively ramping up my eBay sales as I have new vintage consignments and a massive ongoing consignment.

When I started the blog, my intent was to inform, educate and entertain collectors while at the same time, maybe, just maybe opening the eyes of those willing to see past the propaganda spewed by the self proclaimed #1 Authority. Over the years I have come to realize that while I still have questions and concerns about some of their ethics, (grading cards, price guides, loaded boxes) the company is separate from the people that work there and life is too short for any ongoing animosity. In the end I realized that there was just a single individual whose inability to separate themselves from their job that I had a dislike for, but hey I know some people don't like my online persona either.

As more legitimate news sites like Cardboard Connection continue to take center stage in the hobby media marketplace it seems there is less of a need for blogs to attempt to carry that load. Maybe even more importantly is the emergence of user generated content in the form of message boards and forums to quickly deliver timely hobby news and product information.

So what does this mean for the future of this blog and the VOTC persona? Honestly, I'm not really sure. It will be a work in progress. One of my thoughts was to replicate a daily feature we used at Card Corner Club called, The Card Corner Report. This was simply a means of aggregating all of the days sports collectibles news in a single location. I posted a version here on 6/27 but the lack of comments led me to believe that the interest level might not be there. Although I could be wrong. Is that something you would like to see? A daily summary of sports collectibles and trading card information? Sound off either way and stay tuned as the VOTC finds a new focus, direction, ceases all together, or something. 

4 comments:

McGee's Willie said...

I personally have been missing your posts. I don't collect a whole lot of modern cards and I only really collect baseball, but I enjoy reading your work. A daily rundown would be great.

night owl said...

I do like the daily rundown idea. Not sure if the format is right, or maybe there's too much information there? May need some tweaking.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Thanks guys

Joe S. said...

My interest in the hobby has severely declined since the Strasburg price jacking fiasco of 2009, but I had already begun to think - before price gouging became rampant - that blogs were becoming less important. Too many of them, my own included at times, offer NOTHING new to the hobby, just regurgitations of "news" pieces already available elsewhere. I don't need to read a blog saying, "Derek Jeter gets 3,000th hit!".

I've heard.

Anyhow... I guess I'm saying that I think I agree with your "confusion", for lack of a better term, about your status.

I stopped caring so much about my blog so I've really let it go. It was fun getting lots of hits (I'd really built up a decent reader base, it seems) but in the grand scheme of things I was still a zilch, haha. The juice was not worth the squeeze, and instead of just enjoying the hobby I felt a need to find post material in EVERYTHING.