Upon launching Nats Insider some 357 days ago, I had no expectation whatsoever for this site. My intention at the time was simple: Find an outlet in which I could continue covering the Washington Nationals, hopefully reaching some small segment of the fan base.
Along the way, this place became something far greater than I ever imagined it could, building a dedicated following of readers from all over the world. (At last check, this site has been accessed from 151 different countries. Still waiting for that first click from Paraguay.)
There was, however, another objective to this whole exercise: To gain full-time employment. As successful as the site has been, its profit-making capabilities remain modest. It also can't offer a health care plan or a 401K.
So I'm happy to report today that I've been hired full-time by CSNwashington.com as Nationals beat writer, effective immediately. Most of you know I had been writing articles for CSN on a freelance basis for the last year. I'll be writing even more regularly now.
I'm also happy to report that as part of the arrangement, Comcast SportsNet has purchased Nats Insider. They'll assume ownership of the site, but I'll continue to publish it as a complementary blog alongside my full coverage on CSNwashington.com.
The opportunity to continue publishing Nats Insider was a crucial part of the arrangement for me. As I said, this site has grown into something far greater than I ever expected. It's become not only a venue for reporting Nationals news and analysis, but more importantly it's become a place where fans gather and discuss their favorite team with each other. Even when I was on vacation a few weeks ago, the comments continued to roll in, with many of you developing conversation topics on your own.
This place has become a community, one I desperately didn't want to abandon. If anything, I hope the new arrangement opens the doors of Nats Insider to many more Nationals fans and helps cultivate an even larger community. Postings here will be linked on CSNwashington.com, and vice versa. We're still figuring out what articles will appear on which site, but I hope you'll make a point both to visit and comment on the pieces that run on CSN. Here's a link to my homepage there if you'd like to add it to your bookmarks.
One particular added benefit of this new arrangement is that readers no longer will need to subscribe to Nats Insider. My hope is to make all that extra content that went out to subscribers last season free and available to everyone via both sites.
There will be more details to come along the way, and I'm always open to your suggestions about how best to cover the Nationals. But for now, I simply want to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for supporting Nats Insider over the last year and making all of this possible.
It's been my pleasure to cover the Nationals for you over the last year, and it will continue to be my pleasure to cover the Nationals for you (both here and on CSNwashington.com) this year and into the future.