A lot has changed since Jan. 24, 2014.
While that date represents a relatively anonymous game between the Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs, it also has special meaning to me as the day I officially joined the team at Peachtree Hoops. I wrote several posts before, during and after a 105-79 loss by the Hawks and, from what I remember, it was largely terrifying.
Before that, I wrote 1,418 posts (yes, that is the exact figure) on a personal blog that almost no one read, beginning on Jan. 16, 2008. That was far less scary and, while I’m glad much of that content is now lost to history, it was a low-pressure atmosphere to kick off a writing semi-career. From there, I joined the staff of Soaring Down South on May 6, 2012 — actually writing for an outlet other than my own WordPress site for the first time — and that quickly morphed into a co-editor position at FanSided’s ATL All Day alongside Carlos Collazo (now of Baseball America fame).
Some of that rather anonymous investment prepared me for what was to come by giving me reps, but those writing assignments also led me to Philips Arena as a credentialed writer. Along the way, I met Kris Willis, former PTH managing editor and current managing editor of Talking Chop, and we struck up a friendship. Then, in a positive twist of fate (at least for me), Robby…