The Turnaround – Why I Blog

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Time is of the essence. In our profession you don’t have much time to waste. Writing a blog, one may wonder, must take up valuable time, right? Well, to answer that hypothetical question, the answer is no. If you can manage time, you can do anything.

Here is why I write:
1. It’s therapeutic. I said that on here before. I will say it again. It helps me decompress. Writing about my daily dealings helps me relax at night and gain a clear, conscious image of how the day unfolded.

2. It gives me ideas. I used to keep a legal pad next to my bed and jot down ideas, plays or anything else football related. I would do this at 3:00 a.m. Now, I just start writing the blog and fresh ideas pop into my head as I am recounting my day. For example, I wrote about the need to have fun during practice. As I am writing that, I am thinking to myself “how can we make practice more fun”? Boom. Into my head comes the freeze pop idea. Lets give them freeze pops in the middle of practice. Turned out to be a great way to build chemistry and break up practice.

3. I can Multi-task. You have to as a coach. Too often you hear us say we don’t have time for this or for that. I call bull on that. We all have twenty-four hours. Make it work. I said that for three years. No time to workout. Well that mindset helped me gain thirty pounds. Today? Fifty pounds lighter, energized and more alert. Writing this blog will take me fifteen minutes. I am writing this while I am waiting for my dinner. We all eat right? So why not knock out a blog while waiting to get your food? Multi-task. Try it. You may like it.

4. It’s fun. Writing about your day, specifically the football portion of it, is fun. I don’t do Facebook. I don’t watch the NBA or NFL. I don’t hunt. I don’t fish. I don’t do fantasy football. I know other coaches do all the above. I don’t. I write. It’s my hobby. I spend as much time writing as the other coaches do in all the things listed above. Write before you go to bed. Try it sometime. It may help you out.

5. It’s my time. When I blog it’s my time, not yours. It’s my time. If I am doing it, it means I have the time. It means football is done for the day. It means I feel like writing. My time can be used for whatever I want. My time can be at 3:00 a.m. when everyone else is asleep. To make a long story short, this is how I spend my time.

In a nutshell, I blog because I like to, it helps me, it’s fun and it helps ideas come to fruition. Being able to wrote about my day is extremely important to my overall mental health!

Like I said, try it. You may just like it.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.