Q&A About “Don’t Blink”

Quite often people ask me questions about my blog. Whether it be in person, through text, or through the comment feature on brentreser.com, it seems like I always receive some of the same ones over and over again. For my Sunday blog post, I thought I would open up the mail bag and answer some of them.

Today I take the opportunity to answer some questions regarding my blog.

Today I take the opportunity to answer some questions regarding my blog.

Q. How do you find time to devote as much time as you do to your blog?
A. I simply budget it into my day. On my weekday blog posts, I begin writing as soon as I get home from work. I won’t eat dinner until I publish whatever I am writing that day. To me, it doesn’t seem like my blog takes away that much of my time just because it is a major project of mine that I enjoy working on. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I probably spend about 40 hours on Don’t Blink a month.

Q. How much time does it take you to write a single blog post?
A. This definitely depends. Blog posts where I incorporate a lot of images take considerably longer than Thursday Rundown posts. Posts where I recap a trip or experience will take longer than a post where I am just spitting out my thoughts on a certain subject. The length of time it takes me to write a post ranges anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Like I said, I hop on my writing the second I get home from work. Sometimes I will start the next day’s blog post before I go to bed the previous night just so I don’t have to spend as much time on it when I return home.

Q. Where do you get your blog post ideas?
A. Pretty much from everywhere. I read a lot. I have much of my life documented to the point of every small detail. I also do a lot in my free time that translates into blog content. I become inspired with ideas from my work, my family, and my friends. Social media and current events play a role. Food is always a great source for my ideas. Of course my readers provide suggestions as well.

Q. What are your favorite blog posts to write?
A. No question, my features I do on people. These are always special for me to write and then special for that particular person to read. The posts I do on people are the most raw, passionate pieces I do. Of course Thursday Rundowns are fun too because they are so random and easy to write. From feedback I have gathered I also know that my readers really enjoy those particular posts as well.

Q. Can you get a little more specific? Are there any posts that specifically stand out to you?
A. Most recently, the series I did on the Sean Carty saga registers high. Not only did those posts bring in a crazy amount of traffic, but they helped (at least a little bit) a man retain his job. The post I did on former Montana athletic director Jim O’Day also is a favorite of mine. If you want some more specifics, check out this post I did at the end of last year chronicling my top ten favorite posts from 2014.

Q. Do people actually read your blog?
A. Although I took a swipe at my readership numbers in this blog post, I do somehow have a dedicated following. Although not huge by any means, my site routinely garners a four digit number of views per day. This of course inspires me to write often.

Q. What is your blogging schedule?
A. I am pretty good at blogging five times per week, Sunday through Thursday. I am now in my fifth year of writing Don’t Blink.

Q. When are you finally going to give Don’t Blink up?
A. Good question, I don’t really know. I would think that when the day comes that Sidney and I have kids my free time to author a blog might diminish. But right now I am all in.

Q. Speaking of Sidney, will she ever takeover your blog again?
A. You bet she will! Look for her next post in a couple weeks.

Q. Any advice to wannabe bloggers?
A. Go for it! Just hold yourself accountable and stick to a schedule. Don’t get discouraged if people aren’t reading it at first. It takes time to build a following. Besides, if you are writing your blog solely for other people you are doing it for the wrong reason.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to add?
A. Yes, I would like to say one thing…Don’t Blink.

To Everyone at Grizzly Athletics: THANK YOU

Earlier today I walked out of the Adams Center for the final time, ending an almost five year ride with Grizzly Athletics. I like to think I left a small part of me behind. With the long hours I worked and the contributions I made I hope I left the department better than when I arrived. But this blog post is not about me (By the way, for all I know my employers could have thrown a celebration party after my car drove out of the parking lot). Rather, this post is to say thank you to the people who supported me, helped me, and listened to me. It is to show gratitude to those individuals who believed in me and let me grow. It is to recognize my co-workers and bosses who helped make me look good and who always took my best interests to heart.

First and foremost I want to thank Christie Anderson. She hired me, she believed in me, she mentored me. Without Christie I would not be where I am at today. I learned everything I know about marketing in intercollegiate athletics from her. For over a year before we got more suitable offices I sat behind Christie and observed everything she did. What an awesome learning experience! I have so many memories with Christie whether it be going on trips, working games, or doing things totally unrelated to work such as going to concerts or bowling.

Next up I want to thank Jim O’Day. My first role model in the college athletics world he treated me with so much respect and kindness. He knew about the power of social media long before many other college administrators even knew what the phrase meant and he gave me the green light to take Grizzly Athletics full throttle down the new media avenue. Two years ago on that terrible day when he had the rug pulled out from underneath him I will never forget the address he gave us at the hastily called all-staff meeting. He epitomized class and humility in a very dark moment and that will always stay with me.

I owe so much gratitude to Brynn Molloy. She came into the Marketing Director position and just kicked butt. Definitely one of the most positive people I know I had a wonderful ten months working for her. We had such a solid working relationship based on collaboration and respect. She was there for me and I was there for her. She allowed me to continue to do my thing and always took the time to tell me good job. We came in each morning on fire for Grizzly Athletics and it made for a great work environment. It is no secret why everyone loves Brynn.

I don’t think I had a bigger supporter when it came to getting me to where I wanted to be than Greg Sundberg. Besides being the best leader I know, no one took the time to help me reach my goals more than Greg. He cares so much about his employees and brings the same positivity to the office each day in the same way Brynn does. I said Jim was my first role model in college athletics; after Greg started overseeing all external communications a couple years ago he became my second. “Sunny” played a big role in getting me to where I am now.

Then there is Kent Haslam…the third person I identify as a role model of mine in intercollegiate athletics. I was so happy and relieved when he got hired as our athletic director. You would be hard pressed to find someone with greater integrity than Kent. Over the past couple years he has been a great supporter of mine. Always sending recognition my way and 100% supportive of my decision to go to Coastal Carolina I feel very fortunate that our AD cared so much about me. Grizzly Athletics is in great hands.

Thank you to our sports information staff! I had the opportunity to work very closely with our legendary SID, Dave Guffey. I earned Dave’s respect and he treated me like a son. I will miss him a lot. I also feel like I got a lot from Joel Carlson (Assistant SID). No one writes better than Joel and I had the pleasure of reading award winning material from his desk on a daily basis. I know by paying attention to his techniques and style that it made me a better writer myself. Rounding out the staff is Renee Valley who never ceased to lend a helping hand when it came to making a few more credentials or helping me find something in the archive room.

I owe big thank yous to the people who generated much of the great content that I was able to use on our new media outlets to give our fan base a great experience. Nate Michael (Griz Vision producer) is an extremely talented individual and one of the best guys I know. Todd Goodrich (University of Montana photographer) works magic with the lens and pours a lot of his time into covering athletics. Jerek Wolcott (videographer, now at Idaho State) really started the video tradition at Grizzly Athletics and was a great friend of mine.

Thank you to our genius I.T. man, Aaron Heiner. This guy gave me a new perspective on what it is like to work under pressure. He also bailed me out of numerous situations involving technology on game days. Speaking of smart people, I couldn’t have succeeded at my job without the help of Chuck Maes. That man has a computer for a brain with incredible knowledge on how every device and piece of equipment under the name of Grizzly Athletics works. . Just like with Aaron, Chuck has helped me out many times when I needed quick assistance.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my office mate, Paul Hengel. Paul became a great friend of mine and provided me an example each day of what hard work is all about. No one works harder in the department or has more demanded of him than Mr. Paul. We got along great and our office arrangement couldn’t have worked out any better.

Much appreciation to Heather Alexander (business manager) who showed great patience towards me when I asked stupid questions or accidentally went away from protocol when completing a business transaction. I also am very thankful for how much she has made my transition between jobs easier. Heather, you better make good on your plans to visit Myrtle Beach during the summer of 2015!

Then there are just the people who have supported me so much during my time with Grizzly Athletics. I am talking about people like Janie Haight, Sue DeMers, Cyndi Steigers, and Celine Fisher. They have acted as moms to me and supported me since I have stepped foot in the Adams Center. I was overjoyed when my “Montana Moms” got to meet my real mom at my going-away party late last week.

I don’t want to forget about the coaches. I learned a lot about the crazy lives they live full of pressure, stress, and travel. Take it from me right here: Our “Big Three” head coaches (Robin Selvig, Wayne Tinkle, and Mick Delaney) are absolutely class acts. They are passionate for the Griz and are incredibly kind. Each one of those men took time to congratulate me when I announced that I was moving on. Special shout out to Griz softball coach Jamie Pinkerton who became a good friend of mine. I am sad that I will miss the first pitch in 2015. Also thank you to soccer head coach Mark Plakorus who always took time to talk to me and even attended my going-away party.

Finally, thank you to all the students I had the privilege of working with over the years. From our student-athletes to our Spirit Squad to our team of interns to our mascots I felt so fortunate working a job where I got to interact with young and motivated individuals on a daily basis. In the end my ultimate mission was to serve them and I felt so lucky that I was able to do just that.

The chapter is closed. I now move onto the next stage of my life at Coastal Carolina. However, I will always be indebted to the wonderful people at Grizzly Athletics who gave me my start. Please know I hold all of you in very high regard. THANK YOU. Don’t Blink.