Friday, January 21, 2011

What is your football blogging routine?

Reading through the growing number of regularly updated football blogs, I'm always amazed at the work-rate and dedication of their authors. I can barely keep up most days with the updates in my RSS reader, and the stuff I read tends to be consistently detailed, well-written and insightful.

A More Splendid Life hasn't ever quite met that standard, for a number of reasons. While I've opened the floor on several different occasions to other great writers, for the most part this is a one man show. Also writing about soccer, as I imagine is the case with most bloggers, isn't just a matter of sitting down for an hour here and there banging out thousands of perfectly-ordered words either. You have to read the news, research, watch matches, and finally sit down to bang out an epic piece on the ornate goal-post decorations of Timbuktu or some such thing, I don't know. This is of course before editing. 

This week, I haven't updated much at all. While I tend to rise with the rooster each morning, I have to answer emails and other bits before I can open up my blogger dashboard and tippy-type. During the day, I work a very boring administrative job from 9-5 that affords me no long swathes of dead time in front of a computer. I'm married (nuff said). And I'm also a freelance musician. I have, not for the first time in my life, bitten off more than I can chew. I don't even know the last time I managed to watch two full halfs of a football match, let alone sift through all my favourite blogs on a lazy Sunday. 

So I'm opening up the floor. When and for how long do you blog each day, or each week? What are your research habits? When do you find time to watch games, read the Guardian, or record podcasts in between your regular job, or are you one of those magical people that manages to scrape some sort of living in part off blogging? For obvious reasons, you can (and possibly should) leave your comments anonymously. Or, alternatively, you can send me an email. I'd like to collate the responses to give veteran or new soccer writers a poorly constructed guide of some sort, or at least give them encouragement that they're not alone in struggling to maintain a standard of quality.  


Charley said...

great idea Richard. It always amazes me how bloggers do such great work all the time while keeping full time jobs and having a life.

Anonymous said...

I'm fortunate enough that my work is in the evening and gives me access to a computer and a lot of down time. It means that I can watch games in the morning (I'm on the West coast) and can write at work.

I do quite a bit of research but it doesn't actually feel like it because I enjoy it.

Now if someone would just pay me!

Anonymous said...

I tend to go in phases of incredible industry and motivation spelled by stretches where writing feels almost painful, like pulling teeth. I also have a 9-5 that prevents me from doing much writing during business hours. When I do write, it usually happens between the hours of 6:30 PM and 11 PM, or on weekends.

I try to watch at least one game a weekend, and when in-season for the sorts of teams I cover I watch every game the side is involved in. Or I try, anyway.

I am positive, however, that the periods of time when motivation eludes me would disappear if I were being paid a sustainable (I use the term loosely, as long as I could pay bills) wage for the work. I think I would also devote a lot more time to research and interviews. Such is my dream...