Tomorrow, Hound Dog’s LPGA Blog will celebrate its second anniversary. Little did I know in July 2006 what I was getting into. The vast majority of it has been great – a fulfilled ambition of writing (and actually being read), studying a field that few others seem inclined to delve into, and making acquaintances with folks online around the world.
At times, keeping up with it has become a little unwieldy. I’ve talked before about “real life” or my “paying job” interfering, and I’ve certainly short-changed each to some extent working on HDLPGA. You probably noticed I didn’t post video highlights for the Jamie Farr Classic. Each round would take me about two hours to clip, download and link to YouTube, in addition to being forced to watch the entire TV coverage and make time-notes for potential clips. Six or eight hours a week (and sometimes more) eats up a lot of time that I needed to allocate elsewhere. While I won’t say that I’ll never post highlights again, I decided to stop doing that as a regular feature.
But that doesn’t mean I’m stepping back. A couple of weeks ago, a lady by the name of Karen Palacios-Jansen e-mailed me. She recently began doing a weekly internet radio show about the LPGA at www.primesportsnetwork.com and asked if I would consider co-hosting with her. I was excited about the prospect and after a couple of days’ thought, agreed to do the show. We did our first one together last night and I think it went pretty well. Have a listen and let me know if I babble as much as I think I do. I’m hoping I’ll grow into it with practice – in retrospect, I’m pretty sure that tactic worked on the written side.
And finally…while thinking about doing the show, I realized that it would probably be a little strange for Karen to call me Hound Dog all the time. It works fine in print but in casual conversation, not so much. So I’m coming out, as it were. Those of you who have e-mailed me already know that my name is Ken Hartis, but here’s a little more info: I live in Douglasville, Georgia with my wife and son, and I’ve worked in IT systems administration for the last 20 years.
There. I’ve completely blown my cover. I’ll still be posting under the same old alias but from now on, “Hound Dog” is really just the blog’s name.