Is FishDuck.com Shutting Down? Yes and No…

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Is FishDuck.com shutting down? No. Is the site scaling down drastically? Yes. We published five to six articles per day in April, three to four per day in May, and now we will publish six to seven per week. Do check in as the articles we put up will be high quality and we should be publishing something nearly every day within some very interesting article categories.

I am done managing 100 volunteers. Between growth and turnover, dealing with the lower end of the learning curve was a managerial constant. A hobby is 3-5 hours a week and not 30 hours a week in addition to my career as an Investment Advisor as it has been.  I want my life back, as I’ve had two weekends off in two years … and putting in 15-20 hours on a weekend for the site is routine.  I am not doing this anymore, and while I thought I had this transition completed a time or two in the past, at this juncture – it is happening. I have to, and want to.

Fortunately we have a terrific Managing Editor in Caleb Couturie who will run the site, with experienced writers and editors remaining who know how to write/edit well and operate professionally.

There is no money in a site like this … not before, not now; and after sifting through the smoke screens pitched at me — not later, either, when you have a free site.  I intended to have a hobby providing cool stuff to Oregon fans … not dedicate my life for the entertainment of others. I knew all along the income potential was limited … and that was not my original intention anyway.  The Google ads you see barely pay the costs of the site and that is not counting the over $40,000 of my own money put into it.

I wish to get back to studying and learning about our offense again, as I do very little of that anymore.  I will still put up analyses and have some coaches do that (like this Tuesday again), but not every week.  Every two weeks, two of three weeks, or whenever the urge hits.  And you know me….I will have stuff to say once in awhile and will use the site to say it.

This site is becoming more of a writers/editors Co-Op, where we all do our part for fun. It is Oregon fans writing for fellow Oregon fans!

I am an investment advisor who had specialized in Planned Giving, but I have not presented a Planned Giving workshop in nearly two years. I love doing them, have set up millions of dollars in Planned Gifts for Nonprofits and churches, and can’t wait to begin the new schedule of them. The world needs more Planned Gifts (through investment and insurance vehicles) and can live without an occasional football article from me. It is going to be fun to plunge back into it and work to make an impact.

I want to have FishDuck.com as a writing hobby of 3-5 hours per week like everyone else on the site; I am a passionate Oregon fan, and want to become the fan part of it again.

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 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to charles@fishduck.com  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • Otto Wang

    Thanks so much for providing the general community with great things like Fish Duck. I have really enjoyed all of your articles, and I wish you the best going forth. :)

  • Platypus1

    All the best in the future!

  • Ed P – TN

    Thank you for all your service to the Duck community, much appreciated!

  • Robert Sacks

    Charlie, you’ve done a wonderful thing for Oregon fans with this site, and we all appreciate it greatly. Take a well deserved break, thanks for all that you have done, and all that you will continue to do. You created something that people across the globe enjoy, and as proud of that as you should be, it’s understandable, that you’d want some time for other things in your life. On behalf of all fans of fishduck.com, thank you!

  • worldwidewebfoot

    Charles: Perfectly understandable. And allow me to comment from the readers’ perspective. You / Charles are the best writer contributing to this site. You write articulately and stick to substantive subjects: subtleties of offensive line play and the evolution of inside outside read option variations. We are glad that you will continue contributing.
    At the same time we will not miss the contributions of some of your volunteers. These were of uneven quality. Particularly not to be missed are those that must have received a C in Freshman Composition, and those that stepped over the good sportsmanship line in referring to Washington and Oregon State.

    • To all of you here with your comments and thoughts–thank you, as it is what makes it worthwhile for me.

      http://WWW….I will politely disagree about the “best writer” label, (although my ego is fist-pumping) as there are some professional writers who contribute and write circles around me. The best thing I’ve done is a) stick to what I know, and b) surround myself with a ton of more talented people than myself.

      With that being said….you are right about some of the volunteers; we want to give them a chance, but it doesn’t always work out. I really don’t care now about how many articles per day or hits/visits anymore. I just want high quality on the site or we publish nothing that day.

      The editors have this charge and my belief is that you will see fewer articles on the site (one to two per day is all) and dramatically fewer blah-blah mediocre mush pieces.

      We are truly returning to where we began, as this staff is a collection of those who love to edit and write with passion about our beloved Ducks.

      It will be great to have fun again….and get some rest. By doing this now I should be recharged for the football season….

      My thanks again–sincerely,

      FishDuck

  • Rusty

    Love this site! Thanks Charles!

  • Michael Oaks

    Charles, I completely understand and I was going to say after the first half of your article that if there is one thing I wish you would continue to do, that is to talk about with diagrams etc of our Oregon offense! I see that you are intending to do so, but not every week. That is ok! You have done a fabulous job with Fish Duck, It is high quality and rates high with me. Thanks for all you have done and will continue to do. Take a breather, you deserve it. Go Ducks!

  • duhbearz

    Thank you for all of the work you have put into this site. I am a big fan.

  • GoDucks

    some of the most intelligent football articles i’ve ever read. thanks

  • Jon Sousa

    You need to go fishing. : )

  • kenai joe

    really enjoyed the content and detailed analysis. Better than most anything else – I still hate watching how Ohio State beat our defense- truth hurts- don’t blame you for taking a break and thanks for not completely shutting it down. I will continue to check back.

  • waindim tufoin

    If you were able to post videos I think the website would be like it was when you made it why PAC-12 why take your mind off of fishduck.com go fishing take a vacation or something

  • GratefulD_420

    Thank you Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck!

    I have really enjoyed the content and it was a great ride. I’m really happy with your decisions all around. Your work of Planned Giving is an awesome commitment and gift to other. Your work here is well appreciated for all of us who work super and need a good break with some high quality entertainment, not just the noise and other B.S.

    Thank you.

    GratefullyDedicated
    Melvin