Today marks the end of a task unlike any other I had previously attempted. This past week (Feb. 6-today) our interactive journalism class was required to create one blog post per day and…Well, actually that’s it. It doesn’t seem such a tall order in writing, but it is actually a lot more difficult in execution than one would expect.
Content, of course, was the main issue I encountered. Luckily, Nick Diaz’s brash personality and penchant for the hippie lettuce gave me a few articles to discuss, while the UFC’s constantly expanding roster and fight schedule lent me a few other posts.
I was disappointed, however, that I could not focus more on local issues. I did tie in the national stories to the local scene and to MMA in general, but to get really good stories on a local level, a significant amount of reporting and interviewing is required. Time constraints simply would not allow that the past week, so my stories ended up being a bit more national than I would like.
Still, I have some great local stories that I will be posting soon; it just was not meant to be on blog-a-day week.
Through this experience, I gained a huge amount of respect for those professionals (and amateurs) who do this (blog) for a living (or on a regular basis) (holy shit, that’s a lot of parentheses). To come up with relevant and noteworthy information on a regular basis is pretty remarkable, and I learned just how difficult that can be.
Blog-a-day week was a fun and eye-opening experience. My legs are still a little sore from the sprint, but I just may have to try a 10k and go for another week in the future :D.