I thought it would be fantastic to do something involving my personal blogging experience along with incorporating other NBA bloggers in the process. The premise is to give new (within the past year) or indy (limited or free of ads/revenue) bloggers a voice and talk about the transition of just being another fan on social media — namely twitter — to translating our thoughts, opinions, and even analysis beyond the 140 character limit.
I hope to spotlight one blogger each week to share their own story with my audience and it’s only appropriate I share my story first. As a side note, if you are thinking I’m blasting any one specifically (naming names), I’m not. This isn’t about them or their specific issues with me, but rather about my journey and my transition from tweep to rambler.
I started tweeting exclusively about basketball, when the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Denver Nuggets — at the time they were referred to as the New-Look Nuggets with the Melo trade and all — from the 2011 playoffs. I didn’t realize how great of a basketball community there was on twitter until the 2011 playoffs. I began my twitter journey tweeting about basketball, nearly 95% of the time, comparing my love for basketball to a crack addiction, cursing up a storm, relaying any basketball related information, and slandering NBA players, teams, and fans in the process.
Needless to say my followers increased, and then the lockout happened….that fucking POS lockout.
Sorry I had a flashback, but anyways….
It was until early November of 2011, I tweeted my tears — yes, I cried over my stress reliever, DUH! — anger, thoughts, and ideas about the lockout, owners, and players when I received many people thinking I should start a blog of my own (I guess they liked or were amused by my constant rants). In addition, I felt I added a unique perspective and could deliver some refreshing to the NBA blogosphere. I hate the sports gossip blogs …. you know who they are, and swore I would never report any of that gossip that clogs so many blogs.
Now, this would come and bite me in the ass, but more about that later.
My whole idea was a curse-laden, vulgar lady delivering the goods a la NBA style.
Many are aware, I started my journey on blogspot — which takes 5 minutes to create — and was unsure of how long it may last or hell, if anyone would even read it. I poured my feelings about the lockout daily, but it would only last a few weeks as a new CBA was agreed upon. I would stay on blogspot until early March (in which I was very liberal with my language, and was a very “raw” blogger) where I moved my blog to this current domain under the urging of those that believed I would benefit having my own site over a free blogger account.
*Another sidenote: Consider a domain over a free blog (the monthly fee is minimal) as your blog will be more searchable on Google/Yahoo over a free blog.*
And thus NBAMistress.com was born.
I still carried on with my history profiles, full coverage of the Denver Nuggets, videos, highlight reels, commentaries and began reporting trade/signing rumors along with anything I found funny. Also during the month span from moving to blogspot to this site, I became a member of the YBN (Yardbarker Network) family which is a site that helps with viewership. It’s actually a great site, but for a new blogger like myself, I let it all go to my head for about a month’s time around May of this year.
I seemed to stray away from my original premise of not wanting to report gossip, and was sucked into this world of instant satisfaction of seeing my name (well my blog’s name) on the YBN homepage and even on MSN. It was like a drug….a high….and it got me off. So I kept on reporting it for nearly a solid month, and yeah, it went to my head a little, lost some blogging “friends”, but come round two and three of the 2012 playoffs I came back to my blogging reality.
Truth be told, I felt more fulfilled as a blogger when I spend a few hours writing quality pieces from past players/games or commentary pieces on the culture of the game and even analysis on trade moves, games, and players over the aforementioned.
However, some suggested I was a sellout, which may be true due to my bullheadedness before I began blogging (Tip: Never talk in absolutes), but in the end I’m happy with the my 9-month blogging adventure. Sure the page hits from gossip are nice, but I have come to realize what matters to me in terms of being a blogger.
I’ve had a slew of supporters — big ups to @Mia_Heat_Index for always keeping me honest when blogging — many detractors (Can I call them that?) — I tend to piss people off, I’m not much of the butt-kissing type –have been called every name in the book — from dumb cunt to fraud to talentless non-blogger to the ever popular females should never blog about sports — to the many, many, many sweet comments from the NBA community whether it be journalists, credentialed bloggers (TrueHoop), broadcasters, and even a few players.
Many fans from around the globe, of every NBA team out there, have supported me and have read my ramblings religiously, and outside of doing something I truly love, this is for you. MUAH (Perhaps, the only time I will *kiss* my readers)
I have embraced what I am: A fan of basketball ….. writing my thoughts, sharing NBA news, rumors, and some laughs with fans around the globe while trying to make my little dent into the blogging world.
To my supporters: I can never thank you enough, which is why I always offer my blog as a venting stomping grounds to any NBA fans that knows me from twitter — ask around, they should attest to this — twitter is where I believe I started and I can never state how an amazing tool it is.
I’m not being “arrogant” or “big-timer” just expressing how important my viewers/readers are to me as I plan to keep taking NBAMistress to the next level.
To my critics: Blogger: A person regularly updating a website that records a users or group of people’s opinions, information, etc.
By default, I’m a blogger. To the ideal that I’m a “copy and paste blogger” that thought should be thrown out the window when one peruses my site with the endless options from funny commentaries, wild rants, to fanalyst posts. With that being said, I’m not here to convince anyone, I’m “doing me” and if that makes people uncomfortable or upset….so be it.
Despite the highs and lows, my erroneous and questionable choices, blogging has been a terrific experience and I gladly encourage any NBA’er to start a blog, but understand if you want to make a business of it, be prepared for hard work, dedication, persistence and throw in a dash of criticism in there.
That’s my long-winded back story transitioning from being another loud mouthed fan on twitter to blogging about my rants, raves, and everything in between.
What’s your story?