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Hi Everyone,

Over the past few months it has become more and more obvious to me that I simply can't dedicate the time to this blog that I used to. Last year, as some of you might remember, I posted three, four, or even five days a week, keeping everybody up-to-date on the latest goings-on in the Viola world.

Recently there has been changes at my work which has left me busier, and in my personal life having a kid last summer has left me with very little free time. I barely can carve out the space to WATCH Fiorentina anymore, never mind write about them.

I wrote about all this a few months ago when I requested another blogger to join me on the blog. Eventually we got Tim, who was actually the blogger I replaced when I first started here way back when. Tim has done a nice job, and should be thanked. But it has become obvious in the past few weeks that Tim doesn’t have the time to keep this blog up the way we would like, and I still accept most of the blame personally for not getting more stuff up. The community here of Viola fans that has built up over the past 18 months is a great group of people, and I don't want to see that group frittered away because we are not getting enough stuff up.

Therefore I would once again like to ask if there is anyone out there who would like to help out on the blog. The requirements are pretty straightforward. You need to be fan of the club (hopefully a passionate one), you need to be relatively knowledgeable, you need to be a halfway decent writer (although I do the job, so what the hell) and you should be willing to write brief posts about the club maybe twice a week or more. We especially need someone to write opinion and news entries for the blog during the mid-week, when there are no games to write about.

For now I still plan to be involved in the blog. I know I am not doing a very good job lately, but I still love our team and really like all the contributors who come to the page to comment. I feel like we have a nice community. I would like to continue to write the match recaps after each game, as that is probably my favorite part of the job. (I didn't recap the Siena match since I was in NYC at a publisher's conference.) Tim is of course free to continue posting on the boards as well and may continue doing the match previews if he wishes to. With a third blogger, that should get us to somewhere between 3-6 posts a week, which will prove to all those supposed "big clubs" out there that Fiorentina is still a force to be reckoned with.

So, if you are interested in blogging on the Offside for the Fiorentina page, write to me at ehutch01 (at) aol.com. If you regularly post on the comment board, also let me know the name you write under. Just tell me why you would like to be a part of the team. I will try to pick a name and get the new person started as soon as possible.

Thanks, everybody. I apologize for the lack of posts lately. Please know I am truly trying to get us to the point where the blog is as good as the club and its fans.

Forza Viola.