November 20, 2009

Blogging In 1974

Daniel Shoptaw, the man behind the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, is posting short Q&As of BBA members. Here's mine.

One thought: this blog is a clear descendant of the sports pages I created on my parents' electric typewriter roughly 35 years ago. Also, I love hearing about other writers who did similar things when they were kids.

16 comments:

redsock said...

LBJ has changed his # from 46 to 2.

Ish said...

That's sad. 2 is a shitty number. Number 2. A big ol' deuce. It's not even fast, it just weighs you down. Shit.

FenFan said...

Check out Surviving Grady's take on this...

L-girl said...

That bio of yours at BBA does not do justice to your writing career. You've been writing professionally since you're a teenager! No mention of your book.

Me no like.

[And PS I ain't buying a new shirt! I'm sticking with #46.]

redsock said...

I mentioned writing in high school right off the bat. I'll email him about the book.

L-girl said...

Oh good. Never miss an opportunity!

SoSock said...

It's cool that you were the first one on his list of bloggers worth inerviewing.
And it means a lot that ramrodding that project through to get the car for Cathy ranks so high on your list of achievements.
Thanks again.....to all of you, but especially to you and L

L-girl said...

Ah, bio is much better now! Your publicist and editor is pleased.

redsock said...

It's cool that you were the first one on his list of bloggers worth inerviewing.

I believe he's going in order of blogs who joined and I happened to answer his initial email about the alliance idea first -- easy enough, since I live at my computer during the week. No other reason than that!

And it means a lot that ramrodding that project through to get the car for Cathy ranks so high on your list of achievements.

It's not even close. I enjoy doing the blog and some people like reading it, but it almost never "achieves" anything tangible and real and truly useful. After your car, I'm hard-pressed to think of what could be #2 on the list, if anything.

redsock said...

When I posted your "thank you", I said this: "It feels great to use this blog for something more than debating 7th-inning pitching changes, using silly nicknames and posting jpgs of the Daily News".

Ish said...

Oh hey, Sosock, I was down in Charlotte last week which was sort of close to your neck of the woods! I was driving along down 77, seeing signs for Winston-Salem and thinking, "Hey, I'm in Tim Territory now!" Thought you'd get a kick out of it. Do you get to Charlotte very much? I really liked it. My sister had a job interview in Huntersville.

tim said...

Sweet!

I recently found a piece I wrote when I must've been, shit, 8, 9 years old...it was a postgame story about a minor-league hockey game I went to. Decent read! Couple minor grammar edits and it could probably be published in most newspapers!

And I'm not a fan of the switch to 2 for LBJ either.

L-girl said...

After your car, I'm hard-pressed to think of what could be #2 on the list, if anything.

What blogs do best is form community, and that's what led to you pitching in for SoSock/Tim and Cathy. I see the Fundable campaign as coming out of the general context of JoS, especially gamethreads.

Perhaps the second best would be JoS1.

SoSock said...

Well, thank you again. I did use that car to get to JoS1 by the way. My van would never have made it. It made the trip to Boston twice a year while we had our soap business, but it's over 400k miles now, and there's no way.
Ish - you were within about 20minutes of my house when you passed that sign on 77! I do get down to Charlotte several times a year, it's about an hour from me. Usually for a music show. It's a much bigger city and attracts some acts we don't get here. To see any big name act, we have to go to Charlotte or Raleigh, which is further, about 2 hours. And although the big names aren't what I go see the most, Charlotte also gets smaller avant garde acts we won't get here.

Jere said...

I still have a notebook from about '87 where I cut out each day's game articles and the standings and box score and pasted them in. That was my earliest logging. Later, the Web put the b on there.

redsock said...

I wish I had all my scoresheets and notebooks from 1976-81 or so. I'm surprised the actual Fenway programs of the few games I went to back (and Expos games!) then are not around. The earliest scoring stuff I have now is from late in the 1986 season. :<(