From The Ref’s Office: July 13, 2016

Yes. It’s been quite some time. Three months, in fact. I want to address three questions:

First: So, what happened with the Retro Referee?

When I started this site back in March, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to work. Talking about old sports video games was a pretty niche thing, and it’s something that I enjoy doing. The problem was that I was launching the project in the middle of a semester of college– and that was poor timing. A full course load left me with little free time and I was unable to update the site often after the first couple of weeks. Moreover, I jumped from the throes of the spring semester into a trio of summer classes… so I’ve been buried under schoolwork ever since, including writing 10-page papers every week since the first week of June. It’s been a challenge.

Simply put: I haven’t had the time that I thought I would have had to add new stuff here. If I could go back in time and do things differently, I probably would have held off until after school was done– but it is what it is. Lesson learned.

Second: What about your other projects? Why did you abandon them?

I’ve received complaints (and harsh words) about past projects of mine that I failed to continue after a certain point. While I understand the criticism, my decisions to move on and try new things are mine to make. I’ve had my reasons, ranging from analytics on YouTube to brand consolidation to time availability. Could I have done better at following through with those past projects? Sure. Should I have stayed with them and made them work? Perhaps.

If people are unhappy because of my failings with past projects, or don’t feel that they see enough effort, that’s their prerogative and they can move on from my work– no big deal. I get that there’s going to be some unhappiness and/or disappointment.

That said, I’ve heard enough and talked enough about it. Future comments or complaints about this issue on this site will be discarded without response, harsh as that sounds. This is the last time that I will address this topic.

Third: So what happens now?

At this time, I can’t promise a timetable for updates. I will be expanding the spectrum of content updates here beyond just sports video games, however; recent game pickups, links to and comments about content from other sites, random impressions of games that I’ve been playing, and, yes– retro sports video games– are all in play. I will stick with the Retro Referee character, because I think it’s a pretty good one.

You make the call!

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