Well, its been a heckuva a season, and i know that i have eaten up more than my fair share of bandwidth here. in my opinion, MGoBlog really picked up the basketball coverage this year. Ace provided pre-game analysis, post-game analysis, mid-game tweeting, and post-game giffing. Brian and Seth set the mood with poignant thought pieces, Mathlete hung around and did his thing. All the while, Brandon Brown kept that sweet sweet recruiting juice flowing and the mods kept tight reins on the whole thing.
the great thing about MGoBlog, for me at least, is that it is its own thing, its not part of a yahoo network or bleacher report or anything else. one benefit of this is that it can be whatever the editorial board, and to a lesser extent the users, want it to be. it can be a place where stats and narrative and memory and analysis and tidbits live without all the name calling, emoticons and childish behaviour of the rest of the sports internet. and all of this is given to us for free, no memberships required, nothing.
so, i have a challenge for you, fellow MGoBloggers, the first MGoBlog MGoPoints Beveled Guilt Pledge Drive. here's how it works: for the next 24 hours, you up-vote this post and i donate $0.50 for every up-vote. and just so it doesn't seem like i am hunting only for MGoPoints, a down vote will also get a $.50 donation. now, there are hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site every day and many of them are more computer savvy (aka capable of hacking voting system) than me, so i am going to cap my donation this first time around at an amount i have predetermined. based on what this number is, future donations may not be capped.
i encourage others to make the same pledge below, as well. maybe if we raise enough, we can talk a certain someone out of leaving medical school to rejoin the MGoStaff...
In a great feat of not paying attention to my wife, I managed to be surprised by a birthday copy of Three and Out, despite the fact that she asked me for its title several times in the days leading up to my birthday. In addition, and not at all to emphasize that she makes way more money than I do, she gave me a note for an MGoBlog donation of some yet-to-be-determined amount. I don't know how much to tell her to donate, so I thought I'd put it out there for the MGoCommunity to weigh in. (Please keep in mind that, while she is outearning me like its the alternate reality 50s, neither of us is making bank, so keep it reasonable.)
This is a question for Brian, but I'd like everyone to view it.
With the recent ground-shaking change in our program, site traffic exploded and mgoblog went into a slightly-altered shell to weather the storm. User log-ins limited, and the site slowing up at times.
At a time like this, I feel it is most important for people to be able to log on, and express their opinions. My question to Brian is, can we as users, do anything to help improve the site?
In other words, if it takes money to upgrade the traffic this site can handle, I will gladly pitch in a few hundred (I probably should have done so by now anyway).
I hope that others will do the same, and pitch in whatever they can.
I made my first donation to beveled guilt this morning and LOOK WHAT HAPPENED! Obviously there is DIRECT CORRELATION!
So I suggest that each poster on this site donate as I did and some more good things are bound to happen for the Maize and Blue.