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.