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I have too many hobbies…

screenshotI miss blogging.

I do not miss blogging about baseball every day.

My reasons for going into semi-retirement remain: I don’t get to go to enough Atlantic League games or minor league games to have my focus there, and I’m not going to try to find a voice among the dozens of Mets-related sites that are out there.

My solution was to start a new blog, I have too many hobbies…which allows me to write about other things in addition to baseball.

Today I wrote about my first 2017 regular season Topps Now baseball card. Other recent posts focused on Star Wars Funko Pops and photos from my garden.

I hope that some of the folks who are still reading Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff will follow me over to my new site.

This site will remain online through the end of the 2017 baseball season, but will be shut down this fall. The majority of its content will move to the new site.


Bringing things to a close

Some of you may remember when this was a more active site, with new posts at least once a day. I’d write about the Newark Bears games, visiting different ballparks, adding new items to my baseball card and autograph collection, or my thoughts on the New York Mets.

The Bears are long gone…collecting has slowed due to life changes and changing interests. Trips to the ballpark have also slowed — again due to life changes — and I’m finding less motivation to write about them.

I visited one ballpark I’d never been to last year: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I think I shared a few photos on Facebook, but I never got around to writing about that trip here. I went to the Mets’ home opener last week…and I still haven’t gotten around to writing about that either.

Part of that is knowing that there are so many better bloggers who write about the Mets that you could be reading…part of it is often not having time to stop & reflect until the news cycle has already moved on to the next thing.

And despite good intentions, I realize that is not going to change.

So thank you to those of you who’ve stuck with me over the years. I’ve made a few real life friends as a result of this blog, as well as a number of online ones. But even if we’ve never talked, I appreciate that you took the time to read whatever I had to say. will remain online though the end of the year, at least…and maybe longer — it would make me sad to see this url turn into an SEO spam blog. But this is likely to be my last post here.

If you want to keep in touch, you can find me on Facebook, on Instagram as @pwhphotos, and on Twitter at @MetsFanPaul.

New Year’s Goals

(Image via morgueFile)

(Image via morgueFile)

Happy New Year! With 2014 officially behind us, we are that much closer to Opening Day.

A few years ago, I resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions. It’s the only one I’ve managed to keep.

But I will offer up a few goals for 2015:

  1. Writing – I want to write something here at at least once a week during 2015. I’m not going to try to be a baseball card blog, or a Mets blog, or a minor league baseball blog as I have at various times in the past (though I’m sure all of those topics will come up from time to time.) Instead, I’m going to pick one thing (related to baseball) that interests me each week and write about it… hopefully, whatever topics I choose will also interest some of you. At the very least, I’ll be true to my blog title.
  2. Baseball – In the past, I’ve set goals of visiting new ballparks or attending particular events. I’d like to do that this year, but they wouldn’t be very realistic. Instead, I’m going to aim to attend at least one Mets game at Citi Field and see the Binghamton Mets play at least one game in Trenton. If I’m able to go to more games, travel, or see other ballparks in the New Jersey or New York metropolitan area, that will be a bonus.
  3. Collecting – I plan to put together the 2015 Topps and 2015 Topps Heritage Mets team sets, and pick up the 2015 team sets of the Las Vegas 51s, Binghamton Mets, St. Lucie Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, Brooklyn Cyclones, Kingsport Mets (if they make one) and Trenton Thunder. I hope to add a few autographed baseball cards to my Mets autograph collection. If I can do more, that will also be a bonus – but these are my priorities.

Have you set any goals for 2015?

You can follow Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff on Facebook or Google+, see my photos on Flickr and Instagram, and follow @Paul_Hadsall on Twitter, where I talk about about a variety of things in addition to baseball.