We've all been following Spring Training for over a month now. Throwing the ball. Hitting the ball. Catching the ball. It's all very, very exciting. But not many people realize that as the baseball season approaches, those of us who cover it for free also have to prepare; both mentally and physically. Here's how a typical Spring Training day goes for a blogger.
12:30pm - Wake-up
This is an important part of our preparation. You can only blog when you're awake. For now.
1:30pm - Get Out of Bed
You don't want to risk injury by rushing anything.
2:15pm - Turn On the Computer
We bloggers rely heavily on our computers. Without their keyboards and wireless network cards, we could not do our jobs.
2:16pm - Research
As soon as your machine is fired up, it's time to get to the serious work of researching what is going on with your team. Attention to detail is crucial. Who pitched? Who hit for what average? Who got hurt? You need to know all these things because you never know what will inspire your next post.
2:17pm - Beer Break
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
6:30pm - Stop the Room from Spinning
After a long and hearty breakfast, it's always a good idea to stop, breath, figure out where you are, and how you got there.
7:15pm - Thank Officers for Ride Home
A hand-written note is always a nice touch. Smart bloggers keep a few extras in their wallets.
7:30pm - Write a Post
Go to a lesser known blog. Copy. Paste. Word to the wise: the New York Times is not a "lesser known blog".
7:32pm - Beer Break
It's important to follow up breakfast with a good lunch.
11:52pm - Daily Inventory
I was definitely wearing a watch when I got to this fine establishment. And pants. Where are my pants? Why am I wearing shoes but no pants? $#!%, the cops are back.
1:45 - Bedtime
A good night's rest is always important. You need to have energy for the next day's blogging activities. It's an early next morning, so you need to make sure you go right to sleep. Who am I kidding? I've been passed out for at least an hour.