A few days ago, I received one of those “Facebook Memory” things, reminding me that it has been just about five years since Kaplan’s Korner for Jews and Sports was named “Blog of the Year” by the New Jersey Press Association. That’s when I thought the time was right to take a break.
Those who have been following the Korner for a while know that it began as a replacement for a physical sports presence in the New Jersey Jewish News, where I worked as a writer and editor from 2004 until 2016 when it was bought up by another company. One of the “parting gifts” from the new owners was that I could continue the blog on my own which I did with the assistance of Rabbi Jason A. Miller, who helped me set up anew.
But a new job with crazy hours and different days off from week to week as well as a dwindling readership (and a dwindling interest on my part) has brought me to this point.
The Korner will be going on hiatus with this post. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, I haven’t decided (I’m keeping the domain name and the email — firstname.lastname@example.org — should anyone wish to contact me).
Maybe I just need “some time to spend with the family,” which in this case includes my two other blogs, Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf and The Worried Journalist, which I’ve been neglecting because there are only so many hours in the day.
Here’s what I wrote when I left the News. Many of the sentiments remain the same.
Thanks to all of you for your support over the years.