It’s interesting to be blogging this the day after a loss, and the last day of 2010.
Everyone kept asking me over the course of the summer, “What the heck are you going to blog about if they lose? I mean, your blog is all about the team, right?”
No. No it isn’t.
So this seems to be the perfect time.
(by the way, everyone is fine. We’re all okay. Nobody jumped off a ledge, and with the exception of my Nonna’s heart rate, nothing was out of control. Stanford was amazing, and my sister called Poehlen “Pistol” Poehlen all night.)
This year was exhausting.
Sometimes in a good way, sometimes bad.
I went through a lot of crap that was not blogged about, and will never be blogged about, because for all the private things I turn public, some things should be kept under the rug. I realized there are things I want to discuss, to blog, that have nothing to do with Dad’s team. I won’t be traveling to the Final Four if we are blessed to go this year (however I am going to Notre Dame next weekend). School and my career calls before hopping on a plane to Indianapolis.
In short? This blog is taking a detour.
Well, not so much of a detour, as a facelift. I’m like The Swan, only far, far less degrading. (I hope.)
In 2011, you can expect the blog to come from less of a sports place and from more of an Ally place. I will still be talking about sports and the team, trust me. You will see that here. But for a good 80-90% of the time, this is the content you can expect from Ally:
1. Movie reviews, book reviews, TV reviews, music reviews. I will be your one stop shop for everything useless you wanted to know about pop culture.
2. Commentary on pop culture. My harangue against the Twilight Saga got a lot of support. I think I will be talking more about that kind of thing. But hopefully, about things I like rather than things I abhor.
3. Sports, in general. Why I think Lebron needed to stay in Cleveland, what Oscar the Grouch-like devil Kobe got his new sneakers from, the 30 for 30 series, the Super Bowl and why I (begrudgingly) think the Pats will win this year no matter how much it burns me inside.
4. Grad school. What I think of it, the kind of work I’m required to do, the essays I’m writing, the life I want to live.
5. Family life. Not ‘Dad as Coach’ family life. ‘Dad as Dad’ life. Life in this house, daily routines, what kind of pajamas my Dad wears, the works.
6. Boys. Because I’m a girl in her 20s, and boys are weird.
7. City adventures, when I have them.
8. Photos of my life. I just got a new DSLR camera, and let’s face it…I’ve been taking pictures of everything.
9. General musings.
I hope I don’t lose any viewership or followers with this new track I’m embarking on. But honestly? A few people have said they came for the connection to my dad, and they stayed for everything else. That gives me confidence.
I started this blog when I was bored and sick on the couch in February, 2009. I was rudderless, and not quite sure where my life was going. Today, I still don’t quite know, but I know what I want. And I know how to get there.
And I thank each and every one of you for pushing me and supporting me (and sometimes yelling at me). Because of you all responding to this little niche I’ve carved out for myself, I realized that who I am, first and foremost, is a writer.
I can’t wait to share my adventures with you.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a new blog design…and a new name. At least, as soon as I think of one.
Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Cheers to you, 2010. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.
And bring it on, 2011. Here goes nothing…