Hello Changeover Readers!
We hope that you have all had a great 2014, and are gearing up for a wonderful new year. In tennis terms, it’s shaping up to be a fascinating one.
Here at The Changeover, we recently celebrated our two-year anniversary, and we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. It’s been a crazy ride since the three of us (Amy, JJ, and Lindsay) started throwing around the idea to start a tennis site of our own, and suffice to say, we’ve learned a lot.
You have probably noticed that things around here have slowed down lately. When we first started the site, we treated it as a second job, and while we wouldn’t change that first year-and-change for anything, what we were doing just wasn’t completely sustainable in the long-term–without Larry Ellison chipping in, that is. (We’re still waiting for that call, Larry!)
Still, we truly love it here at The Changeover–mainly because of you–and don’t want to see this site become a ghost of WordPresses past.
As we make our resolutions for the rapidly approaching new year, our primary one is to really get things rolling here again. For us, that involves coming up with a realistic but fun plan to make sure that there will be regular, quality posts on the site for you guys to read. It also involves adding a new team member.
As you’ve no doubt realized by now, Juan José now has a full-time job and writes part-time for the Rolling Stone. (We’re so proud!) While he’ll always be an integral part of who we are, he is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the site. It turns out, Lindsay and Amy can’t do this all alone!
We’re thrilled to announce that Andrew Eccles–who you might know as @BackSwings–will be joining us as an official partner-in-crime, team member, editor … whatever you want to call it! Basically, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of Andrew around these parts, and he will help Lindsay and Amy figure out where to take the site from here. You can check out his bio here to get to know him better–he’s a very talented writer who is extremely passionate about tennis, particularly the WTA, and we feel very lucky to have him on board. Fresh blood is good for everyone.
We’re still trying to figure out exactly what the future looks like for us, and we’ll probably always to be a work-in-progress, but we’re hoping to continue to be a space where you can come for our reactions the tennis news, insightful features, and conversations about this sport that aren’t always focussed on the marquee names. We’ll be reviving the Changeover Chats, and the plan is to revive the podcast in January too.
We are still looking for input from contributors. Our regular contributors this year have been fantastic–life savers, even–and we look forward to continue working with all of them. But the door is open for more! If you want to write for us, or are even just thinking about it, please sent us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Overall, we couldn’t be more thankful to all of you for sticking with us over the past couple of years, through good times and bad. We’re extremely excited about revving things back up.
Amy, Lindsay, and Andrew
Your new Changeover team