It has been four months since I created LinguaSportsCards.com, and as such, I think it is time to take a step back and do a little self-reflection regarding my progress.
The first thing that has become apparent is that maintaining a website takes a lot of work, or more accurately, it takes a lot of time. Talking and writing about sports cards never feels like a chore to me. Time, on the other hand, is a finite resource that I am constantly battling. As I am sure is the case with most collectors, finding time for our collections can be difficult with family and work obligations constantly in the mix. I’ve considered myself a sports card fanatic for most of my life, but when I see the time and effort that so many hobby enthusiasts put into their own websites and blogs, I often come away humbled. In fact, sometimes I find it difficult to come up with topics to discuss because so much is being covered elsewhere. But at the end of the day, it is great knowing that so many people share many passion for sports cards. We often hear that sports card collecting doesn’t have the same cultural impact and role that it used to have. This may be true, but I find that many of us who are left in the hobby are extremely knowledgeable and passionate. I am extremely happy about this reality.
Another thing that I have discovered since founding Lingua Sports Cards is that I enjoy talking about cards more than I like writing about them. Part of the reason for this comes back to time. For most of the videos that I have created, I simply hit the play button and start talking. Some prep work and research is required for sure, but for me at least, speaking extemporaneously is a relaxing and natural way to discuss cards. While it does take some time to upload videos to my YouTube Channel and to LinguaSportsCards.com, for the most part I can complete these tasks faster than I can write an informed, interesting, and (I hope) grammatically correct article. For these reasons, expect to see a plethora of videos going forward. This is not to say that I won’t continue contributing articles and commentary pieces (I will!). I am really happy with both the videos and writings that I have created over the last few months. I have no doubt that the more I write, and the more I talk about cards, the more sophisticated and professional this site will become. Right now, my goal is to create one to two blog/videos entries per week. This is a reachable goal and makes sense for me. That said, I am pretty active on Twitter throughout the week. If you ever want to engage with me there, I am usually pretty easy to get ahold of.
Now that I have created a nice selection of content, one of my next goals will be to begin branding Lingua Sports Cards much more than I have done up to this point. The site looks a little plain right now. And while a basic design does give LinguaSportsCards.com a nice clean look, adding a little bit of color and design elements will help make the site more memorable and visually appealing. Creating a logo is a top priority. I also plan to start editing my videos much more than I have to this point. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what does not work over the past few months, and I hope to transmit some of this knowledge into the products that I create.
Finally, I want to say thanks to my readers and followers. The main impetus for me to create Lingua Sports Cards in the first place was to give myself more chances to interact with fellow hobby enthusiasts. And slowly but surely, I am starting to see a return on my investment. I enjoy learning about different collections and hobby goals. Keep up the great work everybody; I’ll try to do the same.
Word of the Day
comport – to be in agreement with (something); her actions comport with [=match] her ideals