My e-book 'Farm Life: Covering Minor League Baseball in the Digital Age' will be released in February, with release date to be announced soon. I revealed the cover art last week and here's a few of the chapter titles, with a glance at...
Dirt: Why Having Exclusivity and Access is Key
Coming through the door cocky and competitive is the absolute wrong approach. It is no approach at all. You will learn nothing about the craft or business, and you will not develop relationships with colleagues and contacts, all of which are essential to your success. Digital media has opened so many doors. Learn to take advantage of that in a way that will benefit you.
Growing Through Blogging (how I got noticed in a big old boy’s club)
Why did anyone pay attention to something with a cheeky, scrappy sounding title that rhymed? Why did baseball fans have reason to read a blog that referred to women’s fashion? Why did anyone take what I was doing seriously?
Baseball fans likely weren’t running to read something that didn’t make claims in the title like ‘Baseball Insider’ and ‘The #1 Source for…” Those claims are easy and not often questioned. But that doesn’t matter. The work speaks for itself. And, eventually, that’s why the work I was doing garnered respect, and opened more professional doors. I made it count every time. I built the idea, brick by brick, until I formed something solid.
Stories from the Field
The most important experience of my career was covering Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin and my time in the Eastern League. The Double-A Yankees stadium became my home and the place where pivotal moments of growth took place. Sitting in his office day after day, I grew into a more professional reporter, sharpening my instincts and becoming more self-assured. All fear and anxiety came to the surface, as did my true sense of myself and what mattered most. When I stopped choosing fear, my life and career changed. A few things happened to turn the tide.