One day late in December of 2008 I decided to start a blog.
It would be something that I could do to speak my mind on Gamecock athletics. This blog wascalled “Life of a Gamecock Fan.” It would basically be one fan’s opinions on Gamecock sports along witha variety of random videos, stories, etc. that would also capture my interest and felt was worth sharing.
Things were going great. I enjoyed writing, starting picking up some followers here and there andeventually became more focused on Gamecock sports and less focused on everything else. From there,it started gaining a small following of family, friends and random Gamecock fans from all over. After awhile, I decided it was time to start my own site and thus became “Life of a Gamecock” in 2011. Thenew site gave me even more freedom to write about something I truly love: South Carolina Gamecocks.
Along the way came a Twitter handle. Eventually a Facebook Fan Page would pop up in the mix.
This is where things started to take off.
As I become more immersed in Gamecock sports, I started making some great friends along the way.People like #TeamGarcia, Leftover Hotdog, The Meat Locker Sports, Glory Road, The Rubber ChickensBlog, Gamecock Born and Bred, #TeamWinanyway, Garnet and Black Attack, Half Cocked Podcast, TheBig Spur, Gamecock Anthem and so on. All of these Fan Pages/Blog/Websites shared my same passionand enjoyment about Gamecock sports. We all became friends and started sharing one another’swork. Obviously with more exposure come more opportunities. I began writing for Bleacher Report inSeptember of 2011. I was put on the Featured Columnist track within a week and started writing SouthCarolina football assignments weekly. I’ve also taken part in radio show appearances in North Carolinaand Tennessee.
Clearly, all of this is completely unexpected as this all really began as a hobby. Never in my wildestdreams would I be able to give you the news that I’m about to give.
I am officially the new Publisher of GamecockAnthem.com on the Scout.com network.
It’s bold because it’s HUGE NEWS!
This is obviously a big step for me in this “hobby” as it now becomes trying to be the next guy to breakthe latest news, write the best articles and have a thought-provoking message board. I would havenever envision being able to say those words in my lifetime.
I’m truly in awe of this opportunity and really have all of you to thank.
Without all of your support, interest and engagement in Life of a Gamecock, I wouldn’t be where I amtoday. I don’t claim to be the best guy out there in the Blogger’s word of Gamecock athletics. However,I do think you guys appreciate the effort and hard work I’ve done into building Life of a Gamecockinto its own brand that is recognized across the Internet when it comes to Gamecock sports. I thinkyou all understand that this was all done because I truly love writing about South Carolina. I enjoyed communicating with all the fans that shared the same interests and likes as I have and everyone who took a moment to “like” a story or share it on their own Facebook page.
Every “like,” “retweet,” and whatever you do in the sharing world really does mean the world to me.
I feel like I’ve made some great friends along the way. For instance, I hung out with #TeamGarciathis past Saturday at the most recent scrimmage. I never would have met them if it wasn’t for ourconnection to Gamecock sports. We’re even planning a big tailgate, or at least trying to, between usBloggers/Facebookers down the road. This kind of thing would have never happened without us sharingthat passion for the Gamecocks.
Obviously, this will be the end of my Bleacher Report articles. I’ve enjoyed being a part of that site and they’ve certainly helped me grow as a writer and I appreciate all the feedback from them.
The big question is what becomes of Life of a Gamecock? Honestly, I just don’t know. I’d like foreveryone who was a part of that to become a part of Gamecock Anthem. I understand some peoplecan’t afford subscriptions but we will have free content and free message boards to participate in.Maybe I’ll find some Gamecock fans out there with a good mind and talent for writing who couldstep in and keep it active for me. I feel like Life of a Gamecock is as much yours as it is mine. You guys helped create it by encouraging me to continue to write and share stories and it’s helped give me the opportunity that I have now with Gamecock Anthem.
This is not a good bye for Life of a Gamecock. I’ll still have the Facebook page and the Twitter handleup and active. It won’t go away. It has its place in the Gamecock Internet world and I would love tocontinue using it in some format.
I do plan on using a new Twitter handle for Gamecock Anthem called AdamGarrettGA. Please follow me there for all Gamecock updates. Gamecock Anthem has a Facebook page, Twitter handle and even an Instagram. I would LOVE for all of you to be a part of that if you aren’t already.
To my new Anthem family, I’m ready for the challenge. I’ve worked to get the “old gang” back together like David Porter, Josh Capers, Ryan Bethea and Katie Bagwell along with our great moderators of the message boards like charlottegamecockatusc, BadCock, BirdieCock, kevk11 and others. These guys seem excited to have me and showed me support when I was working on landing this position. It means the world to me that they have faith in me to do a good job. I promise to do my best to keep you guys happy.
In closing, I just want to reiterate my thanks to all you. You guys are awesome and I can’t wait for you all to continue on this fun new journey with me. Feel free to email me with any questions, comments, etc. at email@example.com. Shoot me a Facebook message or send me a message on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.
So again. Thank you. And.... GO COCKS!
Adam Garrett, aka “Life of a Gamecock”