I actually do get asked these questions, especially about the obscure terms, frequently.
Did you even go to Michigan?
Twice, receiving computer engineering degrees in 2001 and 2003. I am approximately 30, depending on how recently this has been updated.
Computer engineering? Well... yeah. This might be an odd avocation for a guy who learned all about bits in college, but if it makes you feel better some friends and I founded the Every Three Weekly, a Michigan ripoff of the Onion that was actually fairly good for a few years there. I cannot vouch for their current competence because they stopped updating the website. And, yes, now I'm a sportsblogger, which is a lot like being an engineer when it comes to impressing chicks except without the sizeable paycheck. For my next act, I plan on becoming something even less appealing to the opposite sex, like... uh... I actually can't think of anything. Dustin Diamond?
This is your job?
Yes! More precisely, this plus my duties at
AOL's Fanhouse The Sporting Blog SBNation, are my jobs. Money comes from the blog in the form of merchandising, donations, and advertising, plus the Hail to the Victors annuals. If you are looking for a freelance writer, I am available. Drop me an email.
Why should I donate?
The more money that MGoBlog actually generates, the more it becomes a viable long-term option for funding and the more time I can afford to put into it at some point down the road when the need to actually make money becomes important because I have
squalling brats adorable children.
Who are these other people intruding on your front page?
Seth Fisher is the business manager (ie he sells the ads), copy editor, and the guy who makes the Hail to the Victors books happen. Ace Anbender is our full-time recruiting analyst, senior basketball correspondent, and staff writer. We sometimes make up other titles as they're needed.
Among people who help but have real jobs, Heiko Yang is our official press correspondent and is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at UM Med School. Brandon Brown (Coach Brown) is our recruiting correspondent. BiSB (Blue in South Bend) writes opponent watch and this week in Twitterverse. Eric Upchurch and Bryan Fuller are our photographers (Fuller is freelance; other freelancers we use are Bill Rapai and Adam Glanzman). Chris Cook sleeps with the servers.
What's the deal with...
What do all those abbreviations mean?
IANAJTTP: "I am not a journalist, that's the point."
Hennechart abbreviation explanations can be found here.
NSFMF: "Not so fast, my friend."
NT[variable]: "Not THAT," examples: Miami (NTM) to refer to the Ohio one, or Chris Rock (NTCR), etc.
NTTAWWT: Not that there's anything wrong with that.
RPS: Rock, Paper, Scissors. UFR phrasing for what coordinators do against each other with playcalling.
UFR: "Upon Further Review," the painstaking play-by-play analysis of offensive and defensive performance after football games. A database of past UFRs is available in the User HoF.
YMRMFSPA: "You may remember me from such players as." Used in recruiting profiles to say what kind of player a recruit may turn out to be if he works out.
Will you write a ripjob about X?
Maybe? I feel dirty after each one ("why can't I be more like John Hollinger? Why can't I be more like John Hollinger! Stupid, stupid, stupid!") and silently resolve never to write one again until the next time. What can I say? It's rageohol. Rageohol is gooooood. One general principle is that once I have eviscerated someone for excessive stupidity I institute a ban on further ripping unless something really egregious comes up. A partial list of these people:
Anyone associated with College Football News
Unless you've got something that cries out to be slaughtered I'll probably bite my tongue and pass.
How can I start up a blog and have it be successful?
Create something that does not exist elsewhere. As a nobody, you have to go above and beyond the normal stuff people can read every day in the newspaper or on other blogs. A picks column is a waste of time. You can do this any number of ways. Johnny posts erratically and infrequently but since there's no one who writes quite like him he has a following. Vijay posts equally erratically and infrequently but drops a lot of original research and has a following. This blog's calling card, IMO, is UFR.
What's inescapable is that unless you have some wild talent like Johnny, you will have to put in a lot of work. You will probably get discouraged or bored and quit, but if you don't you too can have a hitcount in the triple or even quadruple digits and forget what the sun looks like. Current suggestions for Michigan fans:
someone with an extensive video library of old Michigan games who splices together highlight reels and analysis on a regular basis.
A blog that really focuses on basketball (hey, buy low, sell high) [UPDATE: complete.]
A truly obsessive recruiting blog.
Just make sure that whatever you're doing can reasonably be called the best whatever it is, and people who are interested in whatever will read you.
How can I express my deep and abiding fondness for MGoBlog?
There are not one but two Facebook groups you can join.
Certainly incomplete. Any suggestions for additions can be left in the comments.