As I sit here waiting for my vlog to upload to the brand new TheIvyBoys.com I was thinking about how far I have come in the 2 years since I have decided to start blogging and doing a podcast about baseball.
I had thought about doing this for awhile but I never really knew how to get started. It wasn’t until my wife (Christy) told me that I could start a blog on WordPress.com. We started setting it up and all it needed was a catchy name. I needed a pen name. This was pretty easy for me. When I was growing up I always loved Chipper Jones. He was my favorite non-Cubs player, and I wanted to be just like him. I started telling my family to start calling me Chipper! Naturally, it really never stuck and it wore off as I got older, but it would always get brought up as kind of a family joke. So when it came time to pick a name, Chipper Lewis was a no brainer. Christy came up with the strike3 part and my twitter handle was born.
Next, I started writing. My first piece was of course about the Cubs. I love this team. Honestly I think about them all the time, so it is really easy for me to write about them. My first blog is still my favorite one. I wrote about being a Cubs fan, and what it was like for me as a fan. It was perfect. I even tweeted it out to Chip Caray and Jake Arrieta and they both responded that they loved it. My first post and I got a response from both of those guys! I was on cloud nine!
After writing for awhile I got on a baseball website as writer! I did some blogs for them, but I wanted to do more. They approached every writer and asked who would be interested in doing a podcast. I loved this idea. I’m not the strongest writer, but I loved talking. I always thought I would be good as host of a radio show or podcast. This was my chance! I started to do the show with another writer from the website, but he got bored with it and moved on. Next thing I knew, the podcast was ALL MINE!
I did episodes by myself for a few months and everything was going good, but not great. I needed a co-host. After testing out a few applicants I came upon Joel Fry. He fit in perfect. It also helped that he was die-hard Cubs fan like me. One of the best parts was that he started as my co-hosts during the same year the Cubs played in their first World Series since 1945.
The 6-4-3 podcast was born!
We did the podcast for quite some time, discussing topics on all of major league baseball. Then it came to the point where we just wanted to focus on the Cubs. We left the 6-4-3 podcast and set out on our own. We started The Ivy Boys Podcast! (Again, Christy came up with the name) Everything was going great and we even brought on a third person, Bryz Blue. She was perfect! We couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Joel and I did the podcast and she blogged. We noticed her talent immediately as a writer. The Ivy boys were perfect!
About a month ago Joel informed us that he was leaving the website. We were shocked and a little heartbroken. We were going to move on, but I wondered, would it ever be the same?
That brings us to today. The answer to my question and where I was going with this blog is, YES! Today Bryz and I launched our new show The Chipper and Bryz Show. The Ivy Boys website got a whole new facelift and we are excited for this brand new journey! We are starting do things with this website and podcast that we only dreamt about doing. We are going to have merchandise. Blogs and Vlogs everyday. Poll questions. More interactions with our followers. More Facebook Live events. And much, much, more. We are taking this podcast and website to new levels!
So before I wrap this up I want to say one thing to all of you, THANK YOU! You guys are the reason we keep doing this. We are fans just like you guys, and we love that you have welcomed us into your lives and listen to our opinions about our favorite team, The Chicago Cubs. So, THANK YOU again.
P.S. There are two people I want to say thanks to. First is my mom Rebecca Lewis. She believes in this podcast so much that she pays us to be a sponsor! Haha
Second is my wife Christy. Without her I probably would have never started this journey. She is my everything. She is my rock. Her believing in me is the reason I am still doing this. (She is also my editor)