THE AUTHOR

Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, MLive.com and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

("Pearls Before Swine" © 2005 Stephan Pastis)
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Monday
Mar302015

Where I am, 2015 edition

It's been a couple of years since I did this, but it seemed like a good time for a refresher. (For me, if not you.)

"Who I am and where you can find me" is all over this website, so this post might seem redundant. (An old friend and co-worker actually did find me over the weekend through this website, not social media, so apparently I'm doing this correctly.) 

In 2013, I noticed writer Warren Ellis (not the musician) post what was essentially an online business card on his website. I'm not anywhere near as accomplished nor my resume as diverse, but I wanted to do something like that too.

And with that, this is the first "I'm really going to try and keep this blog updated" resolution of 2015. There will probably be at least three more of those to come. But I'm aiming for a mix of original writing, links to what I'm doing elsewhere and links to stuff I've enjoyed reading in a particular week. Hopefully, that keeps the lights on and the dust off around here. 

Besides the addresses listed above, I am currently writing for the Bloguin network. Thanks to Ben Koo, Matt Yoder and Joe Lucia for making a very welcome home for me. 

The Outside Corner is where you can find my baseball writing (both columns and news). I'm the editor for the network's pop culture site, The AP Party. And I've been contributing more recently to Bloguin's flagship site, Awful Announcing, writing mostly about the intersection of sports and pop culture, but also a bit of media analysis and commentary, for which the site is best known. 

Unfortunately, I will not be writing about the Asheville Tourists this year for Ashvegas. I very much enjoyed writing about minor league baseball and doing some work (including movie reviews) locally, but with my other commitments, I just don't see being able to commit the time necessary to do a good job. I'm grateful to Jason Sandford and the Tourists' Doug Maurer for providing the opportunity. It wasn't an easy decision, but was completely amicable. Jason is my homey, man. 

I'm not sure if I'll be blogging about the Tourists on this site. I've shuttered AVL Tourists Trap for now, but would like to revive it and keep writing about the team. But I feel like it will be located elsewhere. 

So I think that about covers where I am these days. Thank you for checking in, and I will try harder to keep it current around here! 

Friday
May032013

Where I am

This might seem a bit redundant, since "who I am and where you can find me" can be found all over this website. (If you can't find that information, I'm not doing this very well.) 

But ever since I noticed Warren Ellis (the writer, not the musician) post something like this on his website, I've wanted to do one.

It didn't make much sense while I wasn't updating this blog regularly. Now that I'm writing in a few different places, however, it seemed like a good time to try what's essentially an online business card. 

So in case you didn't know, this is where I am these days. 

Tuesday
Jan032012

No one is forcing you to use Twitter, grumpy old men

It's easy to point at curmudgeons in old (print) media who willingly fossilize themselves and refuse to adapt as their industry changes. 

You can see the cliffside falling behind these people, yet they refuse to acknowledge what's happening and take a step forward to safety.

They're going to fall off the edge when it crumbles away. And land in a little "poof" hundreds of feet down, like Wile E. Coyote.

So the grumpy old man being ridiculed by media observers on the internet today is Steve Henson, managing editor of the Pueblo Chieftain. 

Henson was apparently dragged kicking and screaming into starting a Twitter account, mostly so he could "get with it" and communicate with young people. Never mind that saying "get with it" probably ages you at least 20 years in the eyes of these upstarts who venture in the murky waters of social media. 

So does writing 750-word columns attempting to explain Twitter to an audience that's already way ahead of him. 

Jim Romenesko already ripped Henson for making newspaper editors look bad by being so out of touch. Yet underneath all the bellyaching about Twitter, Henson seems like he gets how Twitter can be a useful tool to promote his newspaper. But then he goes on a long, tortured rant regarding what personal Tweets describing his day would look like.

And there is where Henson completely misses the point. When readers and followers ask for Tweets asking him to write about his day, they're presumably showing an honest curiosity in how his job works, how the news is put together for consumption. How about indulging that interest and engaging his audience, rather than mocking them with jokes about Tweeting his bathroom routine? 

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Grousing about Twitter being a forum for people saying what they had for lunch is such an old, tired complaint now, right up there with saying bloggers write in their pajamas, out of their mother's basement. I guess Henson hasn't looked out of his office much recently and noticed all other forms of media enthusiastically embracing Twitter. (It's so pervasive that it has the appearance of reporters and networks trying to seem cool.) 

Apparently, he's overlooked the fact that Twitter is increasingly being used as a news source, where people can get real-time updates on news, breaking or otherwise, instead of waiting for websites, TV and newspapers to tell them what's happening. Sure, others (including myself) use it to pass along the minutia of their day, such as how their workouts went, what beer they're drinking and, yes, what they're eating. But that stuff can easily be ignored in favor of substantial information. 

What's so irritating about hackery like this is that no one is forcing curmudgeons to use Twitter. If you don't like it, if the concept offends you, don't use it. How simple is that? But if you're using it to "get with it" and trying to help your publication by utilizing social media to attract readers, embrace that and quit whining about something you admittedly don't understand. 

Quit trying to have it both ways. Adapt or die.