It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write my first post for Blogger So Dear as a contributing author. My name is Riley Johnston and I have been a Wake Forest Demon Deacon fan since the day I was born. I am a Sophomore at Wake Forest and find myself stopping daily around campus, whether it be The Quad, Benson, or even The Pit to think how lucky I am to be attending my dream school.
First of all I would like to thank Jake and Martin for allowing me to contribute to this website and for having faith that I won't completely mess it up. I am excited to not only work with the seasoned veterans of BSD, but my brother BJohnston, who is also being used in this experiment.
I was born and raised in Winston-Salem and have lived here my entire life. Wake Forest has always been an integral part of my life. I have been attending Wake sporting events for as long as I can remember, and have my parents to thank for getting season tickets in basketball and football year after year. I attended Mount Tabor High School, which most of us know as the school that has produced C.J. Harris and Brooks Godwin, so that bodes well for me already.
Although Wake Forest has seen recent success on the football field, my true love is for Wake Forest basketball. I have more memories in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum than nearly anywhere else. From the days of Tim Duncan and Randolph Childress in the 90's, to most recently C.J. Harris and Ari Stewart, WFU basketball is something that I have always held in high regard. Whether we win or lose is inconsequential to the experience as a whole. For me, two hours at a Wake Forest basketball game is an outlet to dismiss anything and everything that is on my mind at the time.
It is through my love and devotion to Wake Forest athletics that I hope to write articles and get information surrounding Wake Forest that is useful and helpful for others that feel the same way that I do about Mother So Dear. As my mother used to say about BJohnston and I, it doesn't really matter what sporting event it is, if it is Wake Forest related, one can expect us to be there and talk about it.
My aspirations over the next couple of years will be to get the readers of BSD to feel as if they are on campus and have interacted with the athletes at Wake Forest. I hope to do this through interviews, live blogs, and many other ways that will get people closer than ever to their favorite Demon Deacon athletes.
I hope that all the readers out there will enjoy my contributions. I will try to post frequently and help make BSD an even better site for Wake Forest fans out there. I am very excited to be working on BSD because I have always wanted a place that I could go and completely absorb myself in Wake Forest athletics. As the only blog to cover Wake Forest, Blogger So Dear already does an outstanding job of allowing Demon Deacons to get close to the action. I can only hope that my devotion to this website will make it a better place and elevate it to an even higher level than before.
Thanks for sticking with me this long. Most of my posts will not be this long, but if they are, they will be more informative than this one. Any comments or thoughts are accepted and I would be more than willing to answer any questions that one might have about my past or anything Wake Forest related!