You know. The one who gives insightful information inbetween high school classes. /s
Michigan blogger career trajectories
It is funny you mentioned the modeling thing...As it seems for all of these male bloggers, you have to work your way up from a free content site, then to a local blog, then to a national network. If you are female, scout will hire you as long as you are a "7" or better.
Well I started at 0 points and am already up to over 500 in just a few short weeks.
As soon as you hit 1000 points you automatically get offered a job at Bleecher Report. but you are paid in past expiration-date canned food.
C'mon man, don't bad mouth bleacher report like that. They do pay out their "columnists" with real money, not canned food. They pay you a fraction of the fraction of a cent they get per page click. So here's to getting lots of clicks by regurgitating content from other sites in the form of slideshows that are meant to troll and agitate vocal fanbases so you can take home that $1.26 pay day!
BR actually hired a NYT guy this fall, IIRC.
CNN promotes BR now. I don't know if it has improved them because I don't read any of their stuff. I was tired of "slideshows" designed to make me visit 25 different pages and "game" google for them.
Apparently, though, it has worked quite nicely for them. They show up in most searches on various sports subjects.
I think there's this guy named Magnus. Specializes in recruiting. Started at mGoBlog, went to Touch the Banner and then came back again. Or something like that anyways.
LOL. I don't really think of my blogging as being on a "trajectory." I've just been sitting in the same place.
Au contraire mon frere you most certainly DO have a trajectory.
Let's face it. I'll bet when most regulars on this blog see a picture of Brandon Graham the first thought is "what's Magnus doing there?"
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Magnus is Brandon Graham. Don't try to tell me otherwise because you'll bring the down the dream, Inception style.
Even if it is not true, my brain processes Brandon Graham=Magnus. When I picture him as I read posts, I picture Brandon Graham speaking.
Come to think of it.....same way with His Dudeness and Woodson.
You said it, Bo.
So, sorry, your avatar isn't working in a similar regard.
Double Post..... derp.
My trajectory seems to be a slow circle around the bowl.
I don't know. I think you could push a little harder and make something out of your work. Honestly.
After however many years of reading what Magnus writes and then seeing players in college, I think of TTB as the place to go to get the most accurate assessment of a recruit's abilities.
Mr. Rager? Is that you?
Well, thanks (to both of you). I'm not sure where I see it going in the long run (if anywhere), but for now it's a fun hobby.
Your blog is usually my second stop after here. U consistently give the most complete analysis of Michigan prospects. I can now have discussions at the water cooler about topics such as disrupting the passing lane, knee bend and dominance at the point of attack...and people think I know what I am talking about!
Have you thought about going back and seeing how your ratings match up to performance in college?
I've thought about it, but the first class I ranked was 2011, and those guys were redshirt sophomores or maybe juniors this year. I figure I'll wait another year or maybe two to spend too much time looking at that.
That's okay. Mgobloggers mostly think players are at their full potential by then.
Your day by day countdown of important players before the season starts is probably my favorite Michigan football blogging series out there. Well I guess aside from UFRs.
I'm glad people appreciate it, because that's a bear of a project to tackle. Posting one of those for ~90 days in a row, along with keeping up with recruiting, season previews, etc. is taxing. Fun, but taxing.
and haven't advanced one iota. I'm a looser.
Just how loose are you?
Loooser than you are.
to love two loose hamburgers with everything and a Vernors at Lafayette Coney Island.
Also, I am still under 100 points. I tend to enjoy reading the posts more than I prefer writing. However, sometimes during the season I feel like I am not even part of the blog because I can never post anything during the live game blogs. Is there a requirement that requires someone to have more than a specific amount of points to allow their posts to pass through during live game blogs?
I too am under 100 points, but I get a good amount of items posted during Liveblogs. During the events, they are seeing 100s of posts almost every second, so you need to be funny or innovative in your comments to get posted.
You also need to drink during the event, that seems to help.
One last thing: Monkey Rodeo is the answer to all post questions, even if it is not.
You actually have to be funny without really trying to be funny. Which is why most of my stuff isn't posted either during live blogs.
Chin up! Just keep spamming those things like Peggy who works at Captial One customer support and lives in the U, S, and A. You'll make it eventually little guy.
Come on, get it straight. Peggy works for USA Prime Credit.
1. find all of tmzenn's posts
3. make him look like a liar(!)
Those liveblogs are insane. We probably approve 10% of comments. Maybe 5%. You've got 800 people writing and 3-6 people approving stuff.
is a doctor...
Did he ever say goodbye? Maybe I missed it, but I feel like he just disappeared.
Yeah, I was hoping for an awesome goodbye post. Or a speech or something. Maybe in HTTV?
there should've been an mgopresser where we could ask heiko questions.
I picture Borges at this presser grilling Heiko
Booze, a band, Doritos, and Lexi from Michigan volleyball. It was awesome. Sorry you missed it.
did you have subs?
Subs are only for when it gets REALLY crazy. Final four: Subs. Everything else: No subs.
and a gallon of dip?
Which Lexi? Dannemiller or Erwin
No good...I've known too many doctors.
Moving on to be a doctor?
Yeah...but that seems more like a downward spiral. I mean, a doctor? Pfffft. What's he gonna do with that?
seems like the Big 10 has a need for bloggers/doctors who can be on the sidelines with coaches like Jerry Kill, Urbz, and Dantonio.
I'm all for inappropriate jokes, but I'm not sure that one was done very well or well timed...
not sure why you got your panties in a bunch over a factual comment about the health of some of the coaches in the Big 10, you make it sound like I just killed a litter of kittens. boring and proper to the end, huh? you must be the life of the party
...and criticizing the joker's comedic timing/delivery. I was doing the latter.
"...a factual comment about the health of some of the coaches in the Big 10"
That right there is what made it feel uncomfortable. It was coming off as just a factual, humorless, emotionless statement. Ben Stein's dry, monotous voice is what I heard in my head when reading your coment, so speaking of "life of the party," learn to spruce it up a little bit so it doesn't come off so awkward next time.
Al was fired anyway. No need for bubble screen questions any more.
yeah he might as well become a doctor since our new OC may call bubble screens from time to time...
For real. All those "doctor smarts" may be hot stuff in a hospital, but what's it ever gonna be used for out there in the real world?
Isn't Heiko a Mudphud? (MD-PhD). After med school he get's to be paid <$10/hr for 3-7 years, followed by doubling-quintipling his pay.
Just wait until he invents a new procedure. We'll see if you think it's a downward spiral when you eventually need a Bubble Screen surgery done.
I haven't seen him write about something in like 2 years but Ronald Bellamy's underachieving all-starts blog had a couple of the best blog write ups ever. His recap about Denard in 2010 was fantastic, and his UTL 1 game recap was one of the best things I've ever read on the interwebz. Wish he would come back and write some more stuff
He sometimes, pretty rarely, writes stuff for Vice.
Every year I bug Johnny to write for HTTV, every year he agrees then never sends me anything. We're facebook friends but his posts on there are all depressing. Half of the people who read his stuff loved it, the other half hated it, and he isn't the kind of guy who can take half his comments being negative.
His writing is amazing. He captured my feelings 100%. I miss that guy :(
If you can get 50% of people to love you and 50% to hate you that is golden. Most people can't get 20% of people to even care what you think. If you can get a large % of people to have an opinion on what you are saying, positive OR negative, you are set. Why do you think so many negative all the time guys like Sharp exist?
That's a bummer. He is excellent. It's always seemed like he's a tortured guy, or at least that was something I'd always thought. Also, I think his deep emotions have something to do with why his stuff is so great...like a lot of great writers and artists, really.
Has Brian's blogging tree expanded far enough? Does his system produce future Head Bloggers, or just a bunch of Assistant Bloggers and the occasional Blogger Coordinators?
A couple guys seem to be doing pretty well for themselves.
Maybe he should change his name to Brian Parcells.
But only after a few public racial epithets.
I'm definitely of the mind that we need to hire an outsider when Brian retires. Hiring another guy from the hippie hair/hockey jersey/Muppet-posting/U.S. soccer team fetish mold is just going to be a disaster. Other blogs will pass us by.
I disagree. I think Brian's future son, Denard Rodriguez Cook, will do a fine job with the blog.
Brian's son, Everett Golson Puppet Cook is already an accomplished writer for the Michigan Daily and has a bright future ahead of him.
I'll believe the practice hype on that guy when he brings it on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the fall.
Where do you think RDT will end up?
My guess would be shot dead by a fellow Bama fan for not being happy enough that Lane is OC
His blog closed due to difficulty in long distance relationship-
IIRC, Tom VH was just an ordinary poster at first, before being drafted into service by Brian. He was sort of the Jordan Kovacs of the blogosphere.
Tom got his start by monitoring Anthony Fera's Facebook wall and noticing he switched his background from Michigan to Penn State, if I recall correctly.
I just realized reading this that I've been at this site and posting for over 5 years. And in that time, I have not seen one bit of the beveled guilt that Brian speaks of. I'm starting to think that this "internship" isn't all it's cracked up to be.
I've been the Ohio high school football reporter for the London Evening Standard since 2003. My report "Whither is bound the Massillon side?" won an award in 2005.
I'm rather interested in the career path of LSA2000
I started as a regular poster (as opposed to a lurker / reader) during The Search in 2011 rose through the ranks from "some guy" to "some guy who can edit / delete content", a post which I have held here since March of 2013. In real life, I began at my company as a distribution designer and now supervise people who do that work, so it is sort of a similar path - "some guy" to "some guy who can edit / delete content", except different content.
Man, no mention of me going from popular diarist to the JCB. Thanks for nothing, guys......
Well, the OP asked for additions...so I think you just added yourself.
I used to love his MSPaint-fueled diary series.
BlueSeoul now goes by the handle ttfiblog.
Ace was TheWolverineBlog; once he was gone they didn't keep it up and it fizzled away. Ace's first blog was Ace of Sports. http://aceofsports.blogspot.com/. He also went to work for TheWolverine for a short time.
Baumgardner is now AA.com/Mlive's michigan guy; Meinke covers the Lions.
He stopped blogging once real life started to interfere with his blogging.
I do remeber the blog well though because it's what vectored me to MGoBlog.
He really did cover recruiting well, but I don't think he had any original content, if I remember correctly.
I didn't know that blog existed for a long time, but then for whatever reason, it started funneling a lot of traffic to Touch the Banner. I don't think he ever linked to me; there was just a blog roll in the sidebar. Either way, he must have had a decent amount of traffic.
A fake blogger, but Kyle Meinke is now a fake blogger for mlive with the Lions. You could talk about where all the Michigan Daily writers have gone -- USA Today, ESPN, NYT, Pitt PG, Dallas MN, etc
What about the other Brian from Genuinely Sarcastic? Amazing writer; I know he went through a tough period a while back. Wish he was still writing weekly.
I was just going to bring him up. He was off the Rodriguez wagon a little sooner that I felt was warranted, but he was a really good writer. I hope he's ok.
still posts every now and then on his blog, I was just on it yesterday...
TOB is a frequent, or was since I haven't been on there as much, poster on 247 Wolverine.
i think he goes by EFWolverine in the lesser known but similarly named umgoblog, where he is a frequent poster and handles recruiting.
Looks like there's a recent post. It's a bit of a downer.
I always enoyed his Reqiuem pieces. Gave great in depth thoughts on Michigan athletes that were so important to the program.
When I started out I only had one cell. But since the early 80's I have increased that number to over 10 trillion! Production has slowed over the last decade. Now I find myself replacing the 1 million cells I lose each day. Even with high turnover rate I still find time to read MGoBlog everyday.
I've been here off and on since the late Carr era. This account serves me well and I will maintain it in the forseeable future. I wrote a few diaries concerning Michigan Men's Tennis which were definitely high points of my career. Preview for 2014: Men's tennis is middle of the pack, Women's tennis can and will compete for a B10 title.
Future plans involve keeping it real and holding myself and others accountable for their words and actions.
I started at mgoboard ms painting. Then went to midnight maize and then had a baby which stopped my upward swing to the louvre in France. I still choose my son if I had to do it again.
the midnight live blogs!
I amount of talent out there for Michigan blogs is amazing. There's so many great writers and reporters. As someone who works in journalism, it surprises me that more people aren't in the field, but then I look at my bank account, and I understand.
what about that guy who used to blog for cookies??!!! (and got into some kind of attribution war with Brian?)
and of course Johnny - who knows what he is up to.
as for me, I wrote a few diaries and have generally found that mgoblog has surprisingly little impact on my career.
I grew to tolerate and then enjoy you as a poster here (even though I always respected your opinion), but I fournd your blog immediately enjoyable once I tried it out. I actually find you more level-headed and more stable of a blog owner/moderator at TTB than Brian is here. I think you have something to offer the internet and college football realm; I am just not sure what that is yet or how to differentiate yourself. I do know that you offer some good insght on the games over at TTB. And the plain language you use (rather than the mixture of showy, adolscent, and technical used here) is alway apprecaited.