It is almost an entire year since the wrong’un blog was founded.
In that year I have penned (keyed?) 97 articles (including this one), accumulated 74 blog followers, gained 300 Twitter followers and made no friends.
Where to from here? Obviously the natural thing to do would be to quit in a blaze of mediocrity; anything else requires some form of effort. It is also natural for me to resist any form of change. However, cricket is a fluid and wholly unnatural sport. Barney Ronay summed it up nicely in the Graun:
“There is no other form of mass public entertainment quite like this. If you were to pitch Test cricket now as a global sport – five days of weather-bound, opaque and often imperceptible struggle – you wouldn’t get it past the first audition. It is a glorious fluke, a hangover from less adrenal times, threatened continually by louder, shorter, more explosive attractions, but still gloriously unchanged.”
Thus I have decided to push on. I am the shaky starter who has somehow overcome the challenge of the new ball to reach lunch (which in this analogy would no doubt consist of soggy cucumber sandwiches and a slice of dry cake). Don’t get me wrong I am pleased and surprised to have gotten even this far, yet I am one of those batsman who never looks set; ever uncomfortable, anxiety seeping through every sinew: I am KP facing a pair, only in this case confidence never quite sets in and it is in a permanent state of crisis. They are bowling two left arm orthodox spinners and my mental ticks are now more frequent than a James Pattinson no-ball.
What I need is a plan. So like Duncan Fletcher on magical ‘shrooms I headed to the drawing board. The pen wasn’t working so I thought I’d write down my aims, objectives to achieve these aims and my blogging fantasies on here instead. A few of them are simple, a few will require a spot of research, and a few are just plain nonsensical. In short, they are as follows:
- – Continue Posting. This sounds simple but without checking, I’d guess half of my posts came in the first three months of the blog. I have since started a more taxing occupation which cuts down on research time. If I can do another hundred odd in year two I’ll be happy. If not I’m going to try to at least ‘Tweet’ more. Get my shizz out there.
- – Build up blogging relationships. This doesn’t mean go round trying to find fellow bloggers to hump the hell out of (unless anyone’s interested?…), rather it makes sense that the people who are interested enough to comment on my blog are likely to be those who are writing stuff of interest to me as well. I will try to use my WordPress reader as well attempt to comment more on my current blogroll to access more writing, more opinion, and more interaction. There’s nothing worse than writing something you think is ace only for it to get one comment, which is a kind chap from Togo trying to flog Viagra.
- – Spread the word. My most popular ‘viewing day’ came as a result of a random plug from another website (cricinfo live county blog featured on of my articles as a talking point one day). With this in mind, I will aim to write more stuff suitable for the promising thecricketmagazine.com website, I am going to continue to liaise (also known as harass) some of the established journos, and I might even try to submit a couple of more ‘timeless’ pieces to a couple of cricket newspapers, websites to see if they are interested. That’s ambition, eh?
- – Cricket it up. Watch more cricket, read about more cricket, write about more cricket. It sounds like a great idea to me. The blog is about the sport, apres all. The more of the sport I access the more stuff I’ll have of interest to write about. I have prescribed to The Nightwatchman magazine recently. This sates my appetite for good reading when I’m not near the internet. Yet I’ve not seen a live ball of the Ashes yet, just caught up on C5 and of course followed the ball-by-ball on Cricinfo.
Thanks 4 reading 🙂 All advices appreciated!