Fade to Black

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, March 12th, 2009


Two years isn’t so bad.

People might have noticed my writing slow down to a trickle over the past several months, and with good reason. I didn’t really have a handle on how to build a Golden Bears community that could sustain itself, and my interest in writing for Bears Necessity diminished along with it.

Also, information flows too quickly now in the Cal sporting world, and I couldn’t keep up with it running a one-man ship. And really, there are better places you can read about the Bears now, and I was just happy to be part of the second wave.

Most importantly, I never really had a clear focus of what I wanted to write for my site, and without that defined role it was too difficult to finish these goals. It’s something I came to grips with in the past few months, and I focused on writing only when the ideas came to me. That’s not something I can translate into a career though, and certainly not as a one-man site.

I’m not abandoning Bears Necessity, but its time as a Cal football site is done. I have other plans for this site that I think could be fruitful, and when I have the opportunity I’ll reveal them. Right now I have some other projects to focus on, but there should be a time in the future when I can get a chance to work on it.


That doesn’t mean the end of my Cal sports-writing; it just means I won’t be flying solo anymore. I’ll be joining the California Golden Blogs (I’ve pretty much been an honorary member there for awhile) and will be contributing in a less exhausting, and hopefully more rewarding manner there. If you want to stay in touch with me, you can follow my movements over there. I’ll be writing there very soon (expect a post there in the near future), so just subscribe to the RSS feed there or my personal blog that tracks my posts on the SB Nation network if you just want to keep tabs on me.

I’d like to thank several people for their help. Several contributors (most notably Tony, who did a yeoman’s job), as well as danzig and The Play in CA have helped me during the 2008-2009 campaign. It was fun to interact with fellow Cal bloggers from CGB (now my partners in bloggery), Bears With Fangs, Excuse Me For My Voice, and Bear Will Not Quit. And I also have to thank lawvol for donating his time to creating this lovely design. If you ever need a website designer for your sports site (or any blog site), he’s a good guy to email for a quote.

Finally, I have to thank everyone who’s commented, subscribed, read and absorbed (hell, even hated on) any of the ideas and thoughts that passed through my head and onto this site. I’m definitely a better writer and thinker than I was two years ago, and if it wasn’t for the support of you guys and gals I’d probably have quit early on. Now I feel closer toward embracing a Personal Legend I’d never have thought about exploring years ago, and you all played a small part in guiding me that way.

Hey, maybe Cal did change me for the better.  Who’d have thought.

Go Bears.

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