I opened the Gate back in mid-November of 2007 with no real idea of what I was getting myself into...
Even now -- looking back -- I'm still not sure what my goal was. Due to poor planning and a complete lack of forethought, my first post did not go up until a few days before the Vanderbilt game -- the second-to-last game of the 2007 season. Gate 21 didn't really develop it's "persona" until early 2008, but since then things have really expanded and -- assuming all the stats counters are correct -- a few people have actually read some of the things I've had to say along the way.
But this "blogging thing" takes a lot of work...
Thus, seeing that football season is right around the corner, my "real" life job has eaten up almost every second of my life since May, and the fact that I lack any real ability as a sportswriter, it is my distinct pleasure to announce the addition of "Home Sweet Home" as a new writer here at the Gate.
For those of you out there who have been following the Big Orange Roundtable, you will recognize "Home Sweet Home" as the Patrick -- the lead voice from The View From the Hill. Why he wants to leave his highly respectable blog -- built on quality and substance -- to join-up with yours truly is, I'm sure, troubling to many of you out there. It may have had something to do with me promising him fame, fortune, and a handful of stick-on tattoos.
Either way, here he will be -- at least until he realizes what a blowhard I am. To start out Home Sweet Home (as in "Rocky Top will always be, Home Sweet Home to me ...") will be taking charge of a few new features here at the Gate, the first of which will be entitled (ta-da!) "The View From the Hill."
At any rate, I know that those of you out there in webworld will appreciate the addition to the staff here in that he actually knows how to write an article which is rational, informative, and substantive -- which, I suppose, will also be a new feature here at Gate 21. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have him in the show.
So be sure to welcome him on board when his posts start appearing in the near future.
Oh yeah, and try not to hold it against him that he's affiliated with me...
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