On April 4, 2002, on this very site I wrote the first blog post of LaDodgerTalk.com. It was short and sweet and here it is:
It wasn’t a fan who threw that needle on the field last night. It fell out of Barry Bonds’ ass!
Nomar? It didn’t take long. Call up Loney and get it over with!
World Crossing Sucks again! I intend to make this a full-blown web site soon with some really good message board software. Suggestions?
Predictably, there were no comments.
With the transition of Jon Weisman (Dodger Thoughts) to his dream job and the consolidation going on within the Dodger Blogosphere, I am going to claim that I am now the longest-standing Dodger Blogger because even www,DodgerBlues.com is a ghost town. Maybe there is another one that has ran longer – I am not aware of it, but if there is, I’m sure someone will set me straight.
This is also the only site that doesn’t have annoying ads all over the place. LA Dodger Talk is sponsored by one of my companies, namely www.USwaterSystems.com, but we have no paid ads. That simply means that the Marketing Department of US Water helps me with things I needs help with on the blog. Thanks to James, Owen, Ben and Shawn who indulge my every whim. I started US Water about two years before this blog and in that period of time we have become one of the world leaders in water treatment – we have had several years of doubling sales, but last year was just at a 24% rate. The business takes a lot of my time and it is fun – we are a company where people want to work. We treat our employees well, pay them better than our competitors and are flexible for families, but they work hard…. while having fun!
We have gongs that ring when certain sale thresholds are met, and the salesperson of the day gets to wear a Superman cape. Our employee turnover rate is low and we have highly skilled people throughout the organization. Not a month goes by that someone doesn’t try and buy us, but we are growing exponentially and having fun – why sell now?
I am proud of the fact that I didn’t start this in my mother’s basement, but rather created LA DODGER TALK while I was creating America’s Water Company along with dozens of new jobs. I was the first blogger to sit in the pressbox at Dodger Stadium and have enjoyed the Dodgers for over 50 years.
I am telling you this because I have had thoughts of quitting blogging for quite some time… and have tapered back. I also write another business blog and all of the copy for US Water Systems, so I sometimes feel overwhelmed by writing all day – especially since I am not a writer. In fact, I was going to turn this site into a Forum, but that is problematic. Instead, I have a surprise for you that I will unveil soon. Stay tuned.
Isn’t it ironic that the guy who is the worst writer of the bunch and not a saber-metric geek has the longest tenured Dodger blog? Proof that 95% of life is just showing up. I can’t hold a candle to the writing ability of Mike Petriello, Chad Moriyama or Jon Weisman, but here I am (WOW) … and now I am going a different direction. The blog will still be here, if that is what you are wondering.