If you’ve ever clicked on the “About Jason” link at the top of this site, you probably know that I am, indeed, an actual human being. But in all my posts about NBA players, the numbers they put up and the limbs they injure, you probably don’t get the sense that I’m a human being who actually enjoys connecting with readers. While comments and tweets are a couple ways for us to interact, it feels a little hollow and unsatisfying to me.
Since I’m the one with the soapbox, I decided to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself — specifically, what my days look like. Maybe this will explain why I’m sometimes slow in responding to your questions, or maybe this will help you to be more forgiving when you see errors in my work. But more than anything else, I hope this will somehow bridge the gap that exists between us, even if just a bit.
First, some background: I’m a 29-year-old child hiding in a man’s body who works as an editor at my full-time job. In addition to that, I do some freelance writing outside of my 8-5 routine, on top of my fantasy basketball blogging. I also serve as a leader at my church, which requires some of my time during weekdays and weekends. So, as you can deduce, free time and adequate sleep are scarce during the NBA season — unicorns and pretty female celebrities I can only dream about.
Here’s a breakdown of a typical day for me:
- 5:20 a.m.: wake up and write up those daily fantasy basketball recaps (which I try to set up the night before), with the help of:
- Yahoo! Sports (box scores, player stats)
- ESPN (injuries)
- Rotoworld (injuries, news)
- Basketball Monster (to get a feel for the top performances each night)
- Give Me The Rock (specifically for their helpful schedules of NBA games)
- 6:20 a.m.: take a shower, wash up, get dressed and eat breaksfast
- 6:55 a.m.: leave my house and head to work
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: my full-time job; it’s during these hours that I’ll try to tweet and answer questions (on this site, on Twitter and on DimeMag.com)
- 6:15 p.m.: get home, eat dinner and unwind
- 7:30 p.m.: start on my non-fantasy basketball freelance writing and try to catch whatever NBA action is on TV
- 9:30 p.m.: this is around when I try to start looking at scores and laying the foundation for the next day’s post; I’ll try to stay up until at least the early games are done
- 11-11:30 p.m.: I always try to target a 10:30 p.m. bedtime (yes, I’m really only 29), but 11:30 p.m. tends to be the actual time I’m tucked into bed
Then it’s back to the start.
On the weekends, I’ll try to keep a running list of players/news to highlight for Monday’s weekend recap, with a near-final post ideally (but not always) ready by the time I go to bed Sunday evening.
So, there it is: a day (or week) in the life of this fantasy basketball blogger.
While I would love to make a full-time career out of fantasy basketball, I’ve gotta pay the bills, as the adults say. Besides, I enjoy the full-time and freelance stuff I do. Being able to have this blog and an outlet like DimeMag.com, and to know that people out there actually care about the words my fingers type is more than I can ask for.
I know I’m not the busiest guy in the world, let alone the world of fantasy basketball, but I just wanted to share a little more of my life with you all.
Thanks for reading, [insert your name here]. Really, thank you. Though most of you might be silent and though we may never meet in real life, I appreciate your eyeballs and time.
Here’s to a successful fantasy basketball season for us all.