I’ve no real reason to be posting this only it being the last day of September and with black darkness all that’s there to look at out the window – it’s not yet eight in the evening as I write this – it’s unavoidable to deny that summer is gone from us once more. A very different part of the year now lies ahead.
The inter-county season is two weeks over – had we forced a replay against Dublin it would have been played today – and months now stretch out before us until the on-field action resumes. There’s the club action, of course, to fill the gap and this will occupy centre-stage between now and close to Christmas but the inter-county stuff – the engine that drives activity here on the site – won’t be back until the New Year.
I long ago realised that, as regards the blog, there’s no such a thing as a closed season. Even in the absence of on-field activity, there’ll still be plenty of material to chew over. The month ahead, for example, will see the 2018 provincial draws and the publication of the schedule for next year’s League matches. We might even be treated to the FBD fixture list as well. The All-Stars will then be announced early in November.
This year there’s also the not inconsiderable issue of what’s going to happen in relation to Stephen Rochford and his management team. Hopefully they’ll all be staying on board for 2018 but that’s not settled yet and it’ll need to be, if at all possible this side of Hallowe’en.
We’re also planning a Winter Series on the Mayo News football podcast. Nothing’s been firmed up on this yet but the plan is to get a few episodes out at regular enough intervals between now and Christmas. These will involve some looking back on the season just ended, a bit of taking stock on where we’re at and also making a start on looking ahead to 2018.
Inevitably, traffic to the site will trail off between now and year-end. Q4 is always the quietest time of year in this regard but, despite this, the final three months of 2016 saw over 446k page views recorded here. I doubt it’ll be any quieter this year and so it looks as if the 3 million barrier for annual hits will fall before Christmas. As I said, it’s never the closed season here.
But it will be quieter. I’ve plenty of non-Mayo GAA stuff to attend to over the next while, as no doubt the rest of you have too. We’ll go again, of course we will, when the days have begun to lengthen again and all that winter introspection is once more over and done with. Up Mayo.