Thursday, April 1, 2010

Full Time for AMSL

Hi all.  When I started this back in December of 2007, I had no idea it would grow into the mid-sized wonder it is today.  Writing A More Splendid Life has in many ways allowed me to live a more splendid life, connecting with other passionate football supporters in ways only the internet could allow.  If I take anything with me down the years from writing AMSL, that will be it.  

So it's with great sadness that I'm announcing this morning that this will be AMSL's last post.  I have had so much fun here over the past two and a half years, sharing my funny thoughts on the world's game.  I can't say I got everything right, or that my prose was always the most coherent.  But the thing I will take with me most over the past couple of years will be the friendships I've made as a result of writing this blog, week in, week out.  I'm thankful to my regular readers for taking this journey with me.

The truth is it's been dead difficult doing this everyday making next to nothing (leaning heavily toward the latter), so I'm very happy to announce some good news!  I'm not disappearing from the internet for ever.  There are a couple of new exciting projects I'm working on which will hopefully allow me to keep writing on the internet for a long time. 

You may have noticed I haven't been posting these past few days; I've been working on a site design for a new site, Premier League Match Reports (plmatchreports.com) that will be launching in the next week or so.  The site will cover Premier League news, trade rumours, and photos of all of your favourite Premier League stars (and sometimes their girlfriends :-p).  It will have many interesting features, a match highlight video section, a Premier League table, and various club stats.  But its main focus will be match reports.  Want a succinct breakdown of Bolton v. Wolves?  I'll have it up, often within minutes, seconds even, of the full time whistle.

And no, I'm not going to bore you with War and Peace, The Football Edition.  Breakdowns will be easy to read, with single sentence paragraphs and hard-hitting adjectives to get you excited for the World's Best professional football league.  There should be something there for everyone.  But mostly match reports. 

Meanwhile, there will be changes at The Spirit of Forsyth as well.  Covering Canadian soccer history on the web hasn't turned out to be the most lucrative of projects, so in advance of the introduction of Vancouver and Montreal into MLS over the next few years, I'm redesigning the site to cover more contemporary issues in the game—namely trade rumours.  So I'm happy to announce the site will be renamed Canadian MLS RumoUrs (cmlsrumours.com).  Want to know who may or may not be coming to your Canadian MLS team?  Check our site first.

I really hope you come to enjoy these new sites as much as I've come to enjoy writing AMSL.  I will leave with another quote from J.B. Priestley: "A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow."  

 

11 comments:

Brian said...

This sounds awesome. I only hope there's a lookalikes section.

Fredorrarci said...

That's a real shame, because I was just about to ask to to join my forthcoming site globaleplnews.com, which has not only a league table, but also a top scorers' chart and a power ranking compiled by my crack panel of experts. Which is just me at the moment. You could have been on that panel, Richard, but now that you are a rival in the global Premier League match report news site biz, I'm afraid I'm going to have to write a blog post viciously denouncing your assessment that the Premier League is the best league in the world (as everyone knows, it's actually the bestest).

roswitha said...

Oh, good. I hope there will be merchandise to come!

Richard Whittall said...

I have shirts made up, and some EPL MATCH REPORTS! scarves ready to go. I'm really excited.

Duane Rollins said...

Did you hear Marta is signing for TFC:
http://www.24thminute.com/2010/04/historic-signing-for-tfc-imminent.html

Lord Bob said...

If your adjectives really are as hard-hitting as advertised, your site will be my first click every morning, even mornings when there's been no EPL action the previous night!

Dr3 said...

is this an april's fools?
I am a new reader but to think of you limiting yourself to just the epl is sad.
you're actually one of the best sports writers i have ever read.
anyway cheers man

Richard Whittall said...

Yes, this is an April Fool's joke. Thank god because even I started to believe it after awhile...

Terry said...

You were funnier on the Onion Bag.

Andrew Traynor said...

Not fair. You end your blog just as I discover it. Good luck with the new sites anyway, and thanks for some excellent pieces

Richard Whittall said...

Bah! It was an April Fool's joke!