I've been thinking about where I want to go with this.

I started this blog about three years ago, in large part as an intellectual and creative outlet during a tough stretch in my personal life. I'd begun to write about baseball and its history a few years before that, and writing's always been my first love; I wrote pretty prolifically as a younger guy, less as I grew older (like a lot of people), and finding a subject I was passionate about and a voice in the essay form that I felt fit me really brought me home to my keyboard after many years away, and that's been a beautiful thing.

A lot's changed in the last couple years, mostly for the good, but also to the detriment of this blog. Like I said in my last post, I tend to write less when I'm happy, and I've been pretty happy. Mostly. There have also been some very difficult times, that have demanded every scrap of energy and fight I had. I was very sick. Things were fucking tough, touch and go for months. And my interests and passions, while in no way diminished, have definitely evolved. I still love to write, and I still love the game, but things are different. It's been hard to put my finger on.

So it's not that I want to quit. Far from it, I want to write more, and about more stuff. The Saints, and independent baseball, the weird and wonderful little corner of the baseball galaxy they call home. I didn't know anything about it until a few years ago, and it's awesome, I feel like I am Columbus discovering a new world. I'd like to write about downtown St. Paul, this beautiful neighborhood in this amazing city that I'm so very blessed to live in. As much for myself as for anyone else; I really do love it here, I feel like I've come home for the first time in my grown-up life, and I want to capture that feeling, the awe that I still feel every day when I go outside, because I probably won't be here forever, but I plan to look back on these years and smile for the rest of my life. And yes, of course, baseball history, but I also feel like there's a lot of non-baseball history stories I'd like to tell.

There's a lot I want to do. So much that it's paralyzed me a little. This is part of my effort to try and put all that in some sort of order, in my mind and on the page.

So I've been thinking about where I want to go with this. Here's what I've come up with.

Effective today, this space, buffalopete.net, will be where I write about baseball and the Saints and St. Paul and the space I inhabit in the middle of all that. There will be a new name, a new design (please be patient), new content (this week! multiple posts! swear to God!), and yes, that means the history content will be going away(!). But only next door, as it were; I finally purchased buffalopete.com (don't bother looking, there's nothing there yet), which in time will be the new home for all my history essays, baseball history and everything else I want to do. For the moment, that's going to take a little bit of a back seat to the reboot here, but stay tuned, there's a lot of really cool stuff I want to do with that, you're gonna like it.

Again, thanks for your patience. This is going to be an ambitious project and, if not exactly a change in direction, a broadening of scope. It's gonna be fun.


Song of the moment: Tom Petty, To Find a Friend