The news this week that Mottram is going to Yahoo! both disturbed and excited me. It is my personal belief that sports blogs are going to go through an exciting time of change and competition now. Some of the big boys (Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, etc.) are going to enter the blog world in a big way, and it'll be interesting to see which blogs can successfully compete and which blogs get hammered. Also, bloggers are slowly embracing technology (although for most of us, "technology" = successful Youtube embed) and improving their styles and topics.
However, I'm realizing as time goes on that although I think I have a good handle on where blogs are going and how they will get there (more multimedia content, emphasis on community among readers, live events, blog networks by topic and interest rather than cluttered masses of unrelated posts, commenting will be replaced by a more interactive method for reader feedback, etc.), I am probably not going to get to profit by it. By "profit" I mean make money, or make more blogging friends, or feed my ego. This is the disturbing part. Fact is, as just one blogger, I don't have that much influence and time to make sure that my blog is the first to adopt to these technological changes. And I've realized that the way I've spent my summer blogging (lots of video for content, rather than written posts; too much commenting/visiting of other bloggers web-site) has set me back from achieving these goals. Also, um, there's this thing called "job" and "real life" that I've not been giving enough effort to.
Anyway, you may ask, "Is this post going somewhere?" No. Err, wait, ok,sure. First, dear reader, tell me, what parts of this blog you most enjoy? Is it the athlete pictorials/video? The more serious Jesus Plays Sports and other perspective columns? My attempts at humor in Open Letters and the like? Or something else? This isn't me saying "Pat my back"; please tell me what you don't like as much, as well. Second, this is my open invitation to you, dear blogger, to ally with me and help be part of Sports Blogging 3.0. I'd call Sports Blogging 1.0 what Bill Simmons and other Internet pioneers did; 2.0 is Deadspin/AOL Fanhouse; but I believe 3.0 is soon coming. And this time, I want to be one of the people causing change and innovating instead of saying "Oh, I had that idea too, but I never did anything with it." If you're interested, shoot me an e-mail (see right column for gmail address, which is talktomc). Third, sorry, dear blogger, but I won't be commenting so much on your sites anymore. It was fun developing a presence on some blogs, but it lacks the difference-making potential I had hoped for. I'll try to up the linkage instead.