News finally broke today that VarsityBlue, my home to Michigan baseball coverage the last 5 months, has been absorbed by MGoBlog – the leader in University of Michigan sports coverage not related to the actual school. For those of you not familiar with the sports blogging world, Brian, the creator of MGoBlog, is widely heralded for being an innovator when it comes to the medium (college sporting blogs related to a specific school, and to an extent, college sports in general). His site, created as a writing outlet for a fan, has grown into one of the largest individual sites dedicated to college football. He became so successful that he was able to give up his job as an software engineer and do the blog full time – and for good money.
Now, after experimenting with a recruiting correspondent for a few months, Brian is looking to absorb VarsityBlue with Tim as a lead reporter, Paul as an Ann Arbor based correspondent (Tim’s not always in Ann Arbor), and me doing baseball. This is a great chance for me to increase exposure of not only Michigan baseball, but my own writing. I’m not opposed to either of those, obviously. Really, that goals post was written the day before I found out there were plans for the absorbtion. At least I have a plan to put towards Brian now at least?
So while details on my role have been sparse, I’m hoping to start getting things kicking in the next few weeks. I’ve got to discuss with Brian his thoughts on other minor sports, particularly ones that happen during football season. I’ve got some ideas about limited volleyball coverage, but I need to run it by him. The goal of the merger appears to be making MGoBlog into the media center for Michigan sports coverage, which means any new coverage would be warranted. Brian’s already discussing the problem of providing too much content, which is a very valid concern. If there’s too much, people will just be overwhelmed by the content. I’ll play it by ear.
Also, with the transition to MGoBlog, I’m contemplating my current use of anonymity. With VarsityBlue, as well as commenting on MGoBlog for the last two years, I’ve stuck with the tag name of formerlyanonymous. I’m contemplating going to my real name for posting there not only for exposure, but more importantly for validity. By putting my name to my work, I’m taking a larger responsibility in what I say and think. I can’t hide behind the faceless entity of “formerlyanonymous.” I would put my work to my name, which will help with my credibility as a writer. Plus, I mean it makes me even more “formerly anonymous.” And who doesn’t like clever tags like that?
I’ll be updating some links, tags, and categories on here in the meantime. Once I know how the new MGoBlog will work, I’ll provide an update along with creating an RSS feed of posts on the new big site.