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The End of an Era: The Skyhook Could Not Be Saved

In the back of my mind I always knew I’d have to write a goodbye post someday, because, well I wasn’t going to be writing for Saving the Skyhook forever. I didn’t expect it to be today, however, and I didn’t expect it to be under these circumstances.

So here it goes. I am unfortunately announcing that my days as editor of Saving the Skyhook are over, as the site will be shutting down.

It was not my decision to shutter the site, rather one made by the higher-ups here at FanSided for a variety of reasons. I am of course saddened by the news, as I have been in charge here for over a year now. Nonetheless, I understand the direction management has decided to go in, and I fully support their decision.

Over a year ago I became editor of Saving the Skyhook, after previously writing on another FanSided site, King James Gospel. To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing, but the FanSided management had faith in me and gave me a shot. Over the course of this year and a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented writers and made some great friends. I still don’t really know what I’m doing, but I have a lot better idea than I did when I started.

None of this would have been possible without the help of numerous people, a few of whom I want to take some time to thank here. I will forever be indebted to my friend Raj Prashad, who gave me my start in the blog game a few years back on his own site, Shot Clock Chronicles. He taught me so much and guided me through those first few months when I had no clue what was going on.

Thank you also to Andrew Lynch, who has given me plenty of advice over the last few months. Thank you to Eric Buenning and Sean Highkin who have become good friends and sounding boards to my ideas. Thank you of course to Matt Moore and the whole Hardwood Paroxysm family for welcoming me, and giving a new home to my ideas. And thank you to FanSided for giving me this opportunity. Looking back at how much my #brand I have grown as a writer over the past few years is truly amazing to me. As much as I’ve been frustrated at times with the servers or other small things, this truly has been a great opportunity, and I will forever be thankful for it.

Finally, thank you to my staff: my co-editor Matt Hochberg, writers Sonny Giuliano, Mike Wesson, Sam Kuperman, Matt Constas and all the guys who came before you. I’ve enjoyed working with each and every one of you, and you’ve helped build the site into what it is today. It is unfortunate that our time together is coming to an end, but I hope you have enjoyed what we built here.

As for the future, I will be devoting more time to my work at Hardwood Paroxysm with all the good folks there, as well as picking up a few shifts on the FanSided News Desk. Starting next week I will also be writing a column twice a week on FanSided.com, sharing my non-NBA hot takes.

In closing, if you’re interested in getting started in the blogging/writing game, just go for it. Start writing every day, start your own blog, get on at a FanSided blog, get on Twitter dot com. Don’t worry about not knowing how to start, or being afraid of making a mistake. Hard work, critical and creative thinking, and cultivating relationships will get you a lot of places. Talk to people. Ask for help. Most people out there are going to want to help you out. There are always going to be plenty of reasons not to do something, but if you truly have a passion for basketball and want to write about, start today, start now.

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

 

                                                                                                — Mark Twain

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