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Sactown Royalty Changed My Life

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

The StR staff planned on working through the end of March, but that was under the assumption that the NBA would still be happening. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re instead going to spend this week saying our goodbyes in individual posts and handing over the reigns. You can join us in our next step at KingsHerald.com and follow us on Twitter @TheKingsHerald -Greg

How do you say goodbye to a garbage Kings blog that nobody reads? I’ve been asking myself that question for the last several days in preparation for the end times (at Sactown Royalty). I guess I’ll start from the beginning.

On June 2nd, 2015, Akis asked me if I wanted to start writing for Sactown Royalty. As a journeyman Kings blogger, writing for Sactown Royalty was the endgame for me. It was the only thing I really wanted out of this hobby when I started writing about the Kings for Blake Ellington’s old website, Bleed Black and Purple, too many years ago to count.

I was an avid Sactown Royalty reader for several years prior to contributing. As a Kings fan born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, StR was all I had to stay connected with the community, and informed about the team on a local level. The internet and social media wasn’t what it is today. I couldn’t get my Kings fix on Twitter, or local radio. It was Tom, Akis, Greg, Blake, Section, and fellow commenters that kept me up to date on the day-to-day happenings of this silly basketball team from 3,000 miles away.

That invitation from Akis, along with working next to writers I had looked up to for years, gave me the confidence and experience to try and turn whatever this is into more than just a hobby. It’s amazing how a little push in the right direction can snowball into a complete trajectory change for your life.

Things started breaking right for me from there. I was just out of college and stuck working in a shitty real estate office making zero dollars for my hours of pointless phone calls with people who wanted someone with more experience to sell their home. My professional life was going nowhere, but contributing to the Sactown Royalty world in several different capacities gave me a necessary creative outlet, and I learned so much doing it.

Greg had me on the Sactown Royalty Show several times before giving me the opportunity to run the show myself. I’m so grateful for that, and having someone like Robby reach out and tell me he thought I did a good in my first appearance gave me another little shot of confidence to keep pushing.

I learned how to write all kinds of posts, from previews, to recaps, news, analysis, opinion, and anything else I could think of. Nothing was really off limits here.

Over the course of my time at StR, I learned how to edit and produce podcasts. I learned how to put some simple highlight videos together. I did some dumb things, but I found that those dumb projects is how you develop new skills.

After a couple of years, I had the experience to fill out a resume that was just good enough to take me out of the real estate office and into digital media full-time, and my quality of life improved dramatically. I owe that to the older staff that gave Sactown Royalty an impeccable reputation among hiring digital media companies.

But most of all, I owe that to the community here. For a (once) young blogger, I cannot stress how important feedback is. Before Sactown Royalty, I was writing for an audience of tens with nobody really paying attention. At Sactown Royalty, I’m suddenly writing for an audience of thousands and fighting with CameraMarty and Otis in the comments. I desperately needed that to improve. This place is special, and that was never lost on me. Thank you so much.

I’m saddened by the end of Sactown Royalty as we knew it, but I’m so thankful that we’ve been able to work together behind-the-scenes with the entire staff to bring you even better coverage at The Kings Herald soon. I think it speaks to the solidarity of this group that from day one of us finding out that SB Nation was taking StR away, we started working on our next chapter together. These people — Akis, Greg, Tim, Richard, Blake, Robby, Sanjesh, Bryant, Brad, Kimani, Will, Kevin, TJ, and Omer — are all wonderful humans, and I feel fortunate to call them friends. I’m so excited to see their creativity live on a new platform.

I guess that’s it? In true Sactown Royalty fashion, I hope someone points out all my typos in the comments so I can go back in and edit them before the masses notice.

As a disgruntled center once said, The Marathon Continues, I’m Out.