Thanks to both of you for the kind words.
Let me clarify and say that the reason ofahn posted this is because I told him I am pretty sure I am going to take a break from the site.
This is not an easy decision, and it's still not final. But I'm fairly certain I am going to put Orioles Nation on hold for a bit. I want to make it clear that this decision has nothing to do with time, but rather involves my drive and passion. When I started the site in 9th grade I lived for Orioles Nation (at that time it was OriolesProspects.com). I spent every minute after school working on the site and writing. Now, I'm interested in much more than baseball and writing for the site has turned into more of a job than something that I really enjoy. Not in terms of money, but in terms of how I feel when I go to write.
It's certainly weird that my passion for writing about the Orioles has deeply faded after such a tremendous season. I wish I still had the same drive I had in high school. My goal was to create the best and all inclusive Orioles site and I think I was successful at one time. But this site cannot be the best if I am not putting my best effort forward or enough time into it.
If one day during the season I really feel like I miss writing about baseball, I'd definitely return to writing in an instant. But, for now, I think I need a break from it all to simply see how I feel.
When I make a final decision I'll post here to update you guys. If I am indeed putting the site on hold I'll make a post on the front page and post a link here.
Maybe we could work something out where the forums remain open, but I am pretty sure if I decide to stop writing that I will lock the forums too. Nothing on the forums or the site will be deleted. I'm going to leave everything open in case I return.
ON has turned into something much bigger than I expected after I started it in 9th grade. The site has been my life for nearly 4 years. None of this is an easy decision and I welcome any feedback, suggestions, or thoughts.
I'm probably going to speak with some good friends and family members to see what they have to say. I'll keep everyone here posted.