Monday, November 28, 2005

Let's Get it Started

Kyle T. King over at the excellent, though mutt driven, Kyle on Football asked Nathan from Golden Tornado why there aren’t more Georgia Tech based blogs and I figured what better impetus to get my blog going than a challenge like that. So here it is and as a first post I thought I would respond to that very same question to the best of my ability.

One thing that Kyle touched on early in the post is that honestly most Tech grads are not that comfortable as writers. I know for a fact that part of the reason I’m starting a blog is to force myself to become a better mechanical writer in addition to forcing myself to get some thoughts down on paper. While we swarm, no pun intended, Internet message boards by the thousand; there comes a certain unspoken rule about the acceptable level of poor grammar and spelling that is allowed in such venues. The blog world on the other hand contains a much more journalistic feel, at least those that are respected and worth reading, and thus has the always intimidating and often frightening requirement of proper sentence structure.

I think secondly and more importantly is that honestly the Tech fan base might be the most humorless in all of college football. The whiny little brother syndrome really does carry over into everything and for the most part has absolutely killed our ability to laugh at ourselves. I think it stems back to high school when most of us probably were not the coolest of the cool. When animals are faced with adversity they move into either fight or flight, but the third option apparently is becoming a snot nosed little bitch when teased and talking about how said aggressor will be working for you someday. A reply that harkens back to the days when Mom told us that the other kids were making fun of our comfortable and very practical Velcro Keds because they were just jealous. Putting yourself out on the Internet opens you up to ridicule and apparently on the whole we can’t deal with that.

Finally, I have to ask is a good thing or not that we aren’t out in the blogosphere? Combine the above mentioned little brother complex with our always fun at parties superiority complex and it would be like they discovered a way to clone HeismanPundit except he would whine about 50 year old national championships and just wait until basketball season. I think it’s for the best that you have excellent informational blogs like the Georgia Tech Sports Blog and Wreck Ramblin, but try to keep the opinion\humor blogs to a minimum. Nathan does a good job of it and I hope to do a good job of it, but I don’t think a Tech flood of relevant and\or funny blogs will ever be a reality.


Anonymous gtryan said...

Woohoo! First comment!

Glad to see another GT blog! I'll be checking as often as possible for new posts. I can already tell I'm going to like this blog - I agreed with your first post entirely.


11:13 PM  
Blogger stanley said...

Come on some of those wrasslin' reports for WCW were pretty awesome.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Dude, I actually had forgotten about those. I ought to dig them up and link to some of them.

I still wasn't allowed to swear on them.

2:03 PM  
Blogger stanley said...

How can you forget those? I was denied quality franchise time in Madden while you fastidiously recorded the finesse matchup of El Dandy vs. Iron Mike Sharpe.

3:23 PM  

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