I started a Caps hockey blog

My brother and I started a Caps hockey blog. It’s called Brooks Laichyear and this initial post explains a little about it. Check it out and I hope you enjoy it. And thanks to all of you who have read my Caps post here on this blog. I imagine I’ll still be blogging here but that most or all of the Caps material will end up on BrooksLaichyear.com instead.

A blog about kickball

Some work related news…

Today we launched a kickball blog on the WAKA website. I’m really excited about this. Each post has social sharing options, so please visit and Tweet, Facebook it, etc. And there’s a sidebar menu item that allows you to find kickball leagues near you by zip code. We’ll be adding even more new features in the coming weeks. Check it out and keep coming back to it for fresh kickball-related content.

William Steinway was a 19th century blogger

Check out the article in today’s Washington Post by Jacqueline Trescott on William Steinway, the son of the founder of Steinway pianos. It sounds as if he was a 19th century blogger.

The article is about a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that displays parts of Steinway’s diary. As Trescott writes, Steinway “wrote faithfully for 36 years, documenting the racial, ethnic and social struggles of the 19th century.”

The article quotes Anna Karvellas, “the managing editor of the Steinway project”, who says, “William Steinway was an immigrant, trying to prove himself. One thing was he went out almost every night. Whatever the rage was at the time, he was there.”

The Washington Post and “writing in the Internet age”

The Washington Post

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Check out page D2 of today’s Washington Post and Dave Sheinin’s story “Putting a number on a theory” for a nice example of how media in print form can reference/recognize a blogger not on their staff. The article even has a sub-head of “Blogger argues that assertion regarding Dunn, Zimmerman is a bit off”.

The article also shows how an outlet can incorporate content from one of their own blogs into their print editions (this clearly isn’t the first time the Post has done this, just look at the top of page D2 for an article adapted from this post on the DC Sports Bog, one of the Post blogs that they regularly transfer to print).

The “Putting a number on a theory” print piece is adapted from a blog post by Sheinin on the Post’s Nationals Journal blog. It addresses a previous post Sheinin made on Nationals Journal and a follow-up blog post by a non-Post blogger, David Lint, on his independent blog, For the Love of the Nationals.

Lint, in an open letter style blog post, questioned Shinen on his assertation that the “drop [in Ryan Zimmerman’s fielding percentage in 2010] is at least partly explained by the presence this season of Adan Dunn, a below-average defender, as the everyday first baseman…” The story that runs today is Shinen’s recognition of, and response to, that post.

One of my favorite parts of the piece is when Sheinin writes, “…one of the great things about baseball writing in the Internet age is that there are plenty of folks out there who will hold you accountable…”

Building on what Sheinin said there, one of the things I love about the web and blogging is that if a writer doesn’t have time to take a story further, there’s someone else who might do that or who might come up with an idea on how to spin the story off in a different direction. And it can be great for the reader, who then has even more content to consume on a particular subject. When I think about the amount of sports content available for consumption now versus when I was a kid, it blows my mind sometimes.

Flashmobs at the polls

Like with every election, it’s been written that some mid-term 2010 races are already over, hours (or even days) before the voting is over.

Polls predicting various winners will likely be correct in many cases. But more than ever before, I have a hard time believing anything is over until the last ballot has been cast. And it’s due in part to the fact that we are now so connected via technology and social media that things can change quickly.

At the top of the Facebook homepage today is a counter, telling everyone how many of their friends and how many users overall have voted. As I write this, over 6 million of them have already clicked on the button.

Facebook's election day widget

Facebook's election day widget

On Twitter, many of the trending topics are election related, included a “Promoted” tag of #election at the top of the trends. Foursquare has an “I Voted” badge for those who check in from a polling place. And bloggers and mainstream media are cranking out election related content, much of which can now be viewed from almost anywhere via a mobile device and easily passed along to others.

While some races are no doubt over, I also think it’s safe to say that somewhere a person who was not going to vote will vote because of what they’re seeing on one of their social media applications. And somewhere there may be a sudden flourish of people who do this. Flashmobs can form in minutes–there’s no reason an organized swarm of voters can not show up at polling locations.

It’s always been the case that any race can end up going right or left or elsewhere in the final hours and minutes. But it feels like technology makes it even more possible now.

Another Former Washington Times Sportswriter Gone Indie

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Another former Washington Times writer is going the route of Mark Zuckerman and working to raise money so he can cover sports independently via a blog. Just as Zuckerman is doing with the Nats on his Nats Insider blog, former Times writer Patrick Stevens has been doing with the Terps and the ACC for over eight months, and he’s looking for some support.

As Eric Prisbell of The Washington Post‘s Terrapins Insider describes it, Stevens “plans on taking his blog show on the road with the Terrapins ” and “is asking his loyal fan base to help him continue his coverage.”

Check out the donations page on Stevens’ website for more details. He’s aiming to raise $9,000 to cover this football and basketball season. As of this posting, he’s at $1,271 with contributions coming from 30 donors.