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Within the last few weeks it has become more and more clear to me that I don’t have the time for this blog that I would like, and that I once did. For those of you who have been around long enough, you’ll know that I have been writing about Fiorentina on this website for well more than a year. And as we have discussed before, blogging years are like dog years, and thus I’ve been at this for a long, long time.

When I started, I blogged three or four times a week, minimum. Sometimes I got at least a little something up everyday for weeks on end.

In the last year, two things have happened. First and most importantly, my son was born. He is the most important person in my life, and if I could I would spend every moment with him. Everything about him and our relationship is perfect, but it means, naturally, that I have less time for everything else. Some weeks it is a strain just to get ninety minutes to watch the Fiorentina game, never mind the time to write two or three mini-columns.

The second thing that happened is that the world economy basically collapsed. This doesn’t have a lot to do with me, of course; I’m not the director of the World Bank or anything, I’m just a magazine editor. But it does mean that, like everyone else, I have to do much more at my job with much less. Sometimes before I would skip eating lunch and instead write about Fiorentina on my break. I can’t do that anymore. Now I skip lunch and just do more work.

What this all means is that I have a lot less time for this blog. Today, for example, I got up at 5AM and commuted into work. I got home after 6PM. I meant to write the Lazio preview tonight, but instead I played peek-a-boo and blocks with my eight-month-old boy. And now, instead of the Lazio preview, I’m writing this.

Now at this point, I know what you’re thinking. I’m quitting. Well, no. Not yet, anyway. First of all, I really like blogging about this team that I love. It makes me feel closer to the club. Secondly, I’ve grown to really like some of the regular contributors to the discussion boards, even when they (probably rightfully) make fun of me. I want to continue to be a part of the community.

So here is what I’m asking. I would like to bring on a second blogger to write about the team. Specifically, I would like someone who would be interested in writing previews of the matches. That has always been my least favorite of the things I post for the site, but they are very important and necessary. I would like to continue to write up the after-match reports, which is my favorite thing to write. We could share the mid-week blogging duties, when things like injures, press conferences, and transfer rumors are discussed. Obviously we could cover for each other when the other is busy and generally provide better coverage for the team.

Over the past year the Fiorentina page on this website has grown to be one of the most visited and liveliest spots in the entire Offside family. I would like to see it continue to grow, and I want to continue to be a part of it.

So here’s what you can do: if you are interested in co-blogging with me, send me a note to an old, old email address of mine, ehutch01 (at) aol.com. Let me know why you would like to blog. If you are a contributor to the discussion boards, let me know how you are by telling me you “chat” name . I will try to make a decision quickly and get you up-and-running as soon as possible. Be sure to put ‘Fiorentina’ in the subject line of your email.

Thanks everyone. Like I said, I would like to continue doing this for a long time, and with your help, I hope I can.