Monday, 30 January 2012

HOWZAT! Run out? No, just retiring.

Well, after 355 posts (including this one), 2 T-shirts, kilts, kilometers, 20528 views from all parts of the globe a couple of road trips -and flights by Lefty- many beers, even more overs and innings, team changes, legends leaving, mentions in the Vic Pol newsletter,4 changes in page layout, hundreds of posts in other blogs/forums/sites to gain interest in DTW, and laughs; great belly laughs, i've decided it is time for me to pull the pin on DTW. Well, my involvement with DTW that is; if anybody is interested in taking over control please let me know and i'll arrange access.

I'm not taking this course without a lot of reflection and consideration- it has certainly been a lot of fun. At times (behind the scenes an incredable lot of work too!), but i've arrived at this descision based on my passion dwindling away to the point that i think what i had as a vision for the blog has now become redundant and unworkable; it is certainly not motivating me.

I still remember the day i set it up, i was sick in bed and i was sick to death of forum keyboard warriors flexing their enter key in everyones faces, safely tucked away behind a monitor. The common theme was attack everybody and every thing, never give a reason and never make a consession... very boring and pointless. i decided that there must be a more fulfilling way and so looked around for something.

The hours it took me to put together the first format were frustrating but to see it up and running left me totally rapt!
Then as you blokes joined in and shared your passion for this game that we love it all seemed so worth it as i posted comment and copy in every format i could find on the net so as to try and build interest and a following.

Now that i have asked you all your thoughts on the direction of DTW, it seems it can not be all things to all people and at this time now it is nothing to me.
I no longer have the time to pursue this with the passion i conceived it deserved, and quite frankly, i have other interests that i am wishing to advance and are engrossed in.

It is not that i'm no longer keen on all things cricket, but i just don't think i have steered this to a place i originally thought it could have gone.

thanks once again Sledgey, Nos, Lefty and Lango for all of your contributions, encouragement and comment. It's been... ongoing!



  1. Bloody hell mate! I'm not sure what to say....
    For me DTW started with being told by Sledgie that he'd promised a mate of his I'd contribute to a cricket blog; so I'd better not make him a liar!
    From there I've been to the MCG twice, you boys have made it to Adelaide and we've all been up to Sydney.
    We clearly don't need the blog for our trips but I've noticed interest wane a bit with the blog generally for all of us. It's sometimes difficult to ascertain why these sorts of thngs happen but I think some of the reason is found in this post of yours.
    Personally I'd be making a promise I couldn't keep if I put my hand up to take on running this monster! I guess with FB we've got a forum to stay connected and talk cricket, life, pay each other out and organise cricket trips.
    Keen to hear the others' thoughts on this too.

  2. Sad mate, really sad. It is a champion blog. I hope this doesn't mean the end of the DTW trips guys. I look forward to them like nothing else.

    I have no idea what is involved with the maintenance of this blog so I can't honestly put my hand up.

    Who is Chris Donovan by the way?

  3. yep, loved all of that too Lefty, just over all of the bs and behind the scenes stuff.

    cris donovan is me, was my birth name Nos

  4. Mate if you could give me a heads up about what is involved with maintaining the blog I would like to consider it.

    I do have one of my own blogs which you know about but for various reasons have let it slip.

    I will be honest and say I don't have any grand plans, just to keep it open to all who have loved to post here.

  5. A sad sad day, but so many thanks to you Stoph for your not inconsiderable amount of work to give us a forum to vent our spleens, rant, rave, and just speak our minds. It is appreciated. and I love you.
    All of the posts, topics, comments and discussions are thanks to you.

  6. Stoph, that's bad news, this is my insight into all things Aussie cricket as seen by the 'Bloke on the street'! I hope one of your mates takes it up and carries on with it. I have no reason what your original idea was, I just appreciated it for its broad over-view and the fact that you were good enough to share some stuff with my little blog! Good luck with whatever your new stuff is and cheers mate!

    Dave over here in Pommie land.

  7. You'll have to add me to your facebook page, even though I hate facebook for this very reason -it's the death of forums and blogs in the same way that Twitter will be the downfall of Facebook I reckon - or is this me being an grumpy old git?

  8. Have tried several times to post a comment to no success. NTL, good luck on the new ventures but thanks for the efforts in putting DTW out. I can attest to the work involved. Personal thanks for providing a forum when my own site was still an infant. In particular, thanks for the directness of the writing and not leaving anything in the shed. Cheers and good luck.