Near Death Experience And The Future Of ROTOscouting
As the 18-wheeler drifted into the left lane and our minivan, my thoughts were, “hit the truck and we all die, or veer into the median and take our chances.” And as life flashed before my eyes during this near death experience (literally, not a cliche), thoughts turned to, “how can I take the brunt of what’s coming and spare my wife and four children any pain?” I veered into the grass. The car rumbled through the muddy terrain. My wife screamed. The kids sobbed uncontrollably out of fear. Our Dodge Caravan quieted to a halt and we all sat in shock.
The moments after are a blur, but I remember Sarah (my spouse) screaming something about how I should have honked the horn while my five year old daughter continued to cry. Finally, I shouted, “….But we’re all fine! Nobody is hurt! Nothing else matters!”
Initially, my plan was to travel with the family to upstate New York and continue working on ROTOscouting at a frantic pace. But as we continued driving, I reflected on the last few months and how just about every waking moment was spent on the computer or phone developing the site. And as a managing editor who always tells the writing staff “family first,” my priorities had been thrown out of whack.
Yes, I still scouted a handful of games and edited pieces while on our pseudo-vacation visiting my wife’s family, but most of the past two-plus weeks were spent reconnecting with the people I started ROTOscouting for — my family.
How A Near Death Experience Affects ROTOscouting
It’s sad it took a near death experience for me to prioritize life again, but refocusing is healthy. In the month leading up to this trip, ROTOscouting had been working to grow its online footprint by catering to the needs of other websites. Our metered paywall allowing prospective subscribers to pick and choose what pieces to read/not read gave way to free and premium content because content sharers wanted it. It was 100% the wrong way to go.
At ROTOscouting, we are able to build the site and infrastructure, write the pieces and share them with our respective baseball audiences. Beyond those three things, we heavily rely on readers for support and word of mouth. Whether it’s a subscription for the monthly cost of McDonald’s cheapest value meal, taking five seconds to share a piece, or a few minutes to post a comment, we crave reader and subscriber participation and want more of it.
ROTOscouting will continue operate with two things in mind; fantasy baseball fueled by baseball scouting and what’s honest and ethical to our standards (IE – paying writers when many other sites profit from free labor). A near death experience forced me to focus on these non negotiables. We trust the marketplace will want to support an upstart site working to achieve high standards. If not, then I can grow old knowing I took a shot with a group of writers I’m indebted to.
17 Jul 2014 / Mike Newman / 8
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