Okay everyone. Here's an update on the 'State of the NH Notebook'. A few months ago I took a new full-time job in Andover, Massachusetts - my previous full-time job was in Portsmouth. This was a significant step up for me career-wise. In order to be closer to my new job - and to move in with my girlfriend (who I plan on marrying someday) I relocated from Portsmouth to Newburyport, Massachusetts. Not only that, but if anyone reading this has ever had to commute from that part of Massachusetts to NH, they know that the drive home has tons of traffic on 93, 213 and 495. This makes covering 6:30 or 7:00 games around NH less than a logical proposition.
Since February / March of this year, I have put serious thought into shutting this site down for good.
I didn't do it. Why not? Because the passion for covering NH high school sports still burns inside of me. And there might not be many, but I know that there are people out there - somewhere - who do appreciate the coverage we provide.
While I will keep the site going, because of where I am now working and living, I will take a step back. I'll still be running the NH Notebook, and I'll continue to covering NH high school sports - just not to the same extent that I have over the previous seven years. I'll still cover some games, but not nearly as much. I'll be doing less game recaps and more feature stories. I'll be focusing more on NH basketball recruiting. I'll be covering less NHIAA and more prep school hoops.
Roughly two weeks ago marked the seven year anniversary of the New Hampshire Notebook. I'm proud of the work we've done to promote NH high school sports. I'm proud of the depth of coverage as well as the un-biased coverage we've provided. I'm also proud of the fact that we have always done this to recognize the kids - not to make money.
Thank you for your support,