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My Blogs: Nationals Baseball Fan

January 24, 2006

As mentioned earlier, my interest in writing about the MLB Nationals popped up early on my EU blog. While sitting in the stands taking in a baseball game, it occurred to me that a Nationals specific blog seemed to make since. So, Nationals Baseball Fan was born. As a season ticket holder, I had almost constant access to Nationals games (as opposed to non-season ticket holders, who had to rely on unreliable radio, nonexistent tv broadcasts (ok, some tv broadcasts) and occasional trips to the stadium to keep up with the Nationals), and a vague desire to process my thoughts through blog posts. Except for occasional month-long breaks, I posted almost 1 entry a workday. My posts tended to include recaps of past games (mostly 1 to 2 games per entry), and previews of future games (occasionally I went about a week into the future), and very rarely thoughts and reactions to commentary from the various news agencies (Washington Post, etc) and sports commentators.

Before the 2005 baseball season, I was a live-long fan of baseball that paid attention, generally, to how my team was doing, but didn’t spend that much time obsessing about my team (which, prior to 2005, would have been the Baltimore Orioles; which, as one trial witness noted, despite the relative short drive between Washington DC and Baltimore, is very much a separate market in all ways, despite some who create a mega-city encompassing suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland, around, and between the cities (and including the cities, if that wasn’t clear)). After I started my 2005 Nationals blog, I really found myself paying a lot closer attention to the game, and despite the relative weak performance of the team in the end, closely watched the team throughout the season, and hoped for the playoff race that would quite unlikely include the Nationals (and in the end, did not include the Nationals). In frustration and annoyance at the Nationals owners (MLB) and city (WDC), I didn’t watch the playoffs, nor have I paid much attention during the off-season. I know, though, from my 2005 experience that I’m going to be closely watching the Nationals in 2006, regardless of divisional rank/position. A success or a failure, my Nationals blog succeeded in at least bringing me closer to baseball during MLB’s experiment in returning baseball to Washington, DC. Now if we could just get an owner already (and a stadium lease).

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My Blogs: Entertainment Universe

January 24, 2006

Ah yes, Entertainment Universe. My first attempt at writing a blog. Silly of me, really. I never even attempted to keep a journal as I was growing up, and I thought I might have something to say in blog form (in a web log; and to continue the thought, I don’t keep a diary or journal now, beyond whatever turns up in the various blogs I occasionally post on)? Well, despite that lack of journal experience, I decided to give blogging a chance. What did it get me? A nice small place to collect some thoughts, occasionally, and for the most part, all it got me was the chance to play that Blogshares game (write blog, collect fake $500). I figured the best avenue of approach would be to write about things that interest me in the entertainment world. Stupid of me, I know, as I don’t really have: 1) the ability to write; 2) thoughts (I was going to say thoughts on entertainment, but I’ll leave it as thoughts).

So, a blog. Over a small period of years, I’ve written some reviews on books, movies, music, and television, and written some guides to books. Some, though not all, of these reviews and guides turned up on my EU blog. So, strangely enough, did a play I had written, and a history paper. Mostly, though, EU is the place where I very occasionally post my thoughts on movies, books, and tv. Thoughts that are not particularly well thought out, nor presented in a “review”. At most, and to be generous, I tend to create “mini-reviews”. If I posted on any kind of regular basis, and actually took the time to create well-crafted reviews, then I might have something to be proud of, but no.

Well ok, what actually appears on the blog, then? As mentioned, I occasionally write reviews of books, movies, music and television, but for the most part, the blog is just a random collection of vague thoughts about television and movies, and occasionally some thoughts on other matters. Basically: very boring, steer clear of this blog.

My Blogs

January 23, 2006

I’m trying to write an introduction to everything that I include as a link on my blog, and not add a link until said introduction is put together and enters the pipeline (written, posted, or written and post-dated). So . . . how do I include links to my own blogs? Obviously enough, I’ll need to write an introduction to my own blogs to follow the intended direction of this blog.

I’m quite uncomfortable writing a review of my own work, so I’m mildly glad that I’m currently posting introductions instead of reviews. Of course, I’m also uncomfortable writing my own introduction. Be that as it may, I desire to include links to my own blogs, so some type of introduction must be written.

Blog 1: Entertainment Universe:

EU is the first blog I’ve ever attempted, and I started it sometime around March or April 2005 (odd, first entry appears to be from April 25 2005, though I thought I had started earlier). That blog was intended to be my only blog and to contain everything that might remotely be related to the entertainment world. Fairly early on I realized that the blog was both too broadly focused while at the same time too narrowly confined (technically anything could be argued to be “entertainment” related that isn’t specifically work-related, while at the same time entertainment tends to be more readily identified with tv, movies, and music). So, this lead to the second blog. Before I turn to it, I’ll note that EU was something of both a failure and a success (I still update the blog, rarely, but my thoughts were too unfocused and too infrequent). I’ll include a more detailed introduction later.

Blog 2: Nationals Baseball Fan:

My fourth entry on EU was something of a review of a MLB Nationals baseball game I had attended. As I was a season ticket holder in this team’s first season in Washington, DC, I figured that I might have some thoughts on the subject, so I decided to learn from my somewhat failure in creating EU (too broad) and create a new narrowly focused blog just for Nationals baseball activity. Except for one month (and starting after the season started), this particular blog was much more successful than EU, if for no other reason than I tended to include at least 1 entry every workday (except for about a month and occasionally breaks) during the regular season. The end of the season lead to a very long hiatus that is rarely broken, and likely to remain until the start of the new season. Not exactly the best policy to keep readers. See a more detailed introduction later (more detailed, but not particularly long).

Blog 3: My Blog on TV.com

My third blog started somewhat reluctantly and accidently. I had been an editor for TV shows and people on a website known as TVTome.com (a website that provided guides to television shows, information about actors, and links to a sister website that contained guides to movies). That website was sold CNet, and TV.com was born. TV.com continued the guide to television approach from TVTome.com, but attempted to create a much more community oriented system that allowed . . . (well, I’m sure this all important, but not for this particular entry, so . . .). One of the new features that CNet brought to the relaunched TVTome (as TV.com) was a section for user blogs. Other websites have a hard time accepting these user blogs as blogs, and the blogs periodically disappear from view. As I already had the EU blog, and as I didn’t feel as if I would “own” the TV.com blog, I wasn’t particularly interested in starting a new TV.com blog. Eventually, though, I found some of the new features of TV.com annoying and so I started making entries on the TV.com blog in an attempt to record my frustration (it had to do with submissions to tv shows taking a long time to be processed, if ever). The TV.com blog (or my section of TV.com that is my blog) is quite similar to my EU blog, though occasionally entries will turn up solely on one or the other blog.

Blog 4: Politics & History (not actual name)

At various times in my life I’ve been interested in politics and history, neither subject seemingly covered by previous blogs (mine, not others). I decided to create a new blog for my thoughts on the subject (started with Justice Roberts nomination), but I ended up with a total of 4 entries and then the blog died (and one of the entries was deleted and moved over to EU). So, dead blog.

Blog 5: This blog

See about section. Basically intended to provide reviews/introductions for interesting things I find on the internet.

Scott Adams’ Blog

January 10, 2006

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comics, has a very interesting and at times funny blog. The blog contains column-like entries that occasionally include his, and very rarely, others’ comics. While the blog is titled “Dilbert Blog by Scott Adams“, the entries rarely focus on the Dilbert comic (more later; the Dilbert comics are also available on the internet). The blog started October 24th in the year 2005.

Considering who he is and the demands on his time, Adams’ blog is updated a lot more often than I would expect (I could be wrong, but I believe that he posts a new entry almost every day). The blog entries are almost always interesting, though less often funny (Adams has a lot more interests than just humor).

Blog entries include discussions about Intelligent Design, what makes a funny comic (or categories of humor), torturing terrorists, free copy of one of his books, an entry about a clothing web service idea (don’t recall now the exact idea, but it had something to do with photos of people wearing clothing, and users would try to find their “doubles”, the people that look like them and see how those clothes look), and many other interesting entries.

If “you” have ever read a Scott Adams book (the wordy ones, not the picture heavy ones) and even mildly found the books interesting, then I would highly recommend a visit to Adams’ blog. If “you” only like his comics and never “got into” his written work, I would still recommend a visit to his blog.