I can't put into words what this site means to me. I'm not as good a writer as some on here and to be able to see my thoughts in some of your words has meant so much. For years I thought I cared about my Wolverines more than anyone. I found out I'm not alone because I have got to know a lot of you here. It's made these last 2 years tolerable and when we rise again it will make it more enjoyable. Thanks Brian and all you of like mind. I'm in.
A Suggestion: MGoBlog Day
As the football season approaches, I find myself checking into this wonderful site on an increasing basis. Replace "increasing basis" with "every 5 minutes", and that last sentence will be true. Yes, the fall fanaticism is upon us.
Here they come
As well all know, MGoBlog* is an incredible and irreplaceable resource for Michigan football** fans. It has a unique space in the blogosphere, and we all, as fans of U of M football, are lucky and privileged to have it.
So why am I writing this diary? To get some more mgopoints? To state a bunch of obvious truths? No, rather, to first state a concern, and then suggest a possible solution.
These are truths you can handle, actually
The Concern: Brian Leaves MGoBlog
The concern is simple: that one day, perhaps sooner rather than later, one Brian Cook may pack up and decide to do something else with his life. I'm not saying this is going to happen, and I certainly have no particular indication that Brian is anything but happy and content as leader of the mgoblogosphere, but each time I read one of his brilliant articles, I find myself thinking: this guy is going to get swept up by some bigger media outlet. His writing is terrific, heartfelt, funny, thoughtful, and even occasionally poetic (I could link to dozens of examples here, but what is the point? You all know what I mean).
This is a train leaving a station. Imagine if Brian were on it?
Envision, if you will, the tragedy that would result. Certainly, my own personal Michigan football experience would be greatly lessened***. Worse than any freep scandal or crazy coaching search, the thought of Brian Cook leaving this fine site for some greener pastures is too painful to consider.
The Solution: MGoBlog Day
So let's not consider it. Or rather, let's take steps to make it less likely. What I suggest today is an alternative: a celebration of the best. Specifically: let us create an unofficial MGoBlog Day. On this one day a year, each of us would tune into the site, perhaps write a little bit about why the site is so great for us, but, more importantly, DONATE. If each serious reader donated as little as $5 or $10 or $20 (or much more, if desired) each year, I suspect Brian and company would become notably better compensated for what he does, and presumably this would (perhaps greatly) lower any future possibility of Brian thinking of moving onto some bigger or different stage. Let's make Brian rich!
Pledge Drive: Everyone hates these, but...
This NPR-ish pledge drive would just take place once a year, which begs the question: which day should such a celebration of all that is MGoBlog take place? The day that came to my mind is this: the last Thursday before the first game each year. This year, it would be 09/02 before the UConn game. Why this day? Well, as that first game approaches, I think we all sense with great anticipation the beginning of the season. Thus, some time right before that first game is when I appreciate MGoBlog the most, and look forward to the season full of UFRs, Unverified Voracities, and all the other standards that this blog has created for us. And why not take advantage of the fever pitch that is undoubtedly building anyhow?
Fever Pitch: actually not a bad movie
The most important thing about having such a day is that it serves as a reminder to donate. I have donated a few times myself, but personally can never remember when or how much. By having a single day where we all donate, it simplifies things quite a bit. Kind of a "subscription" of sorts, but still in the pure voluntary spirit that has driven the site thus far.
Anyhow, it is just a thought. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on this idea. Some questions to ponder:
- Should we have such a day?
- If so, does the day proposed (the last Thursday before opening day) make sense? If not, which day?
- If agreed to, how can we track progress of donations? Would Brian be willing to state how much was raised on that day? (at least a ballpark figure?)
Your input is truly appreciated****.
* What is the proper capitalization, anyhow?
** Yes, there are other sports, but come on
*** "greatly lessened" = "would suck a lot more"
**** well, not truly. but kind of. isn't that good enough?
How do you celebrate?
With a trip to Vegas.....
sounds like a new line for that commercial series
regardless, count me in
I pay for Rivals and Scout. The least I can do is support this site too.
Brian's writing has, from time-to-time, moved me to tears. So has Scout's writing, but for the exact opposite reason.
Keep up the good work.
I'm down with the proposed day for our fundraiser, or whatever we want to call it. I'll pony up.
If we do a tailgate, I suggest the Michigan State game (selfishly because that's the only home game I'm likely going to be able to make it to).
I like the original MGoBlog Day idea, although I'm not sure about the timing. Yes, the Thursday before the UConn game is an okay day, but I think the day should be later in the fall. There may be people who are fans of M basketball and hockey, and ignore the blog until those seasons start, so we probably want to include them. Plus, I think there are probably a lot more readers during the season than right before, and the number is growing every day. So, a day for maximum participation (=revenue generated) would probably be around Ohio State week. Since it's now Thanksgiving weekend, maybe the Tuesday of that week? Or maybe Black Friday? I don't know if I'm typical or not, but I spend that whole day sitting around in a food coma, watching the various football games, and of course on MGoBlog on my computer. Plus, the idea of an MGoBlog day fits with the Thanksgiving holiday theme (sort of).
Whatever we do, we should try to make it exciting and social, in an internet-y way. We could (if not busy with blogging duties) try to get Brian (and don't forget about the others, Tim, TomVH, and FA) to come on for a specified time for liveblogs just to talk about whatever, and maybe have some silly things (I'm thinking Caption contests, MS Paint competitions) on the board. It could be a day to celebrate MGoBlog and its contributors. These are just things I came up with off the top of my head, but are definitely ways to help the site while enjoying ourselves.
Don't have a problem with a "fund drive" or maybe even paying a nominal fee maybe for premium content or analysis, that is if it came down to losing the site all together, because I do feel this is one of the better blogs out there, and I find myself coming here for my M football news before I go to any of the traditional outlets.
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Misty water colored memories
of the way we were.....
Man, I hope they come to their senses and do not change the game date.