Recommended Blogs: MGoBlog

One of the first songs I learned was “Hail to the Victors”; my dad likes to joke that teaching me that fight song was the most damage he could possibly cause to his wallet. For my family, coming to the University of Michigan is as much of a rite of passage as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  When the winged helmets storm out of the tunnel, my entire household becomes fixated to the glowing screen.  Those fall Saturdays satisfy a hunger that growls through the spring and summer.  As blissful as football Saturdays are, the games only occur 12 times a year.  Finding a way to satisfy my need for football in between games can be difficult; videogames and conversations with friends can only get me so far.  Fortunately, I found a community of fans who shared my craving for football: MGoBlog.

Over the last four years or so, I have been an active reader of “MGoBlog,” an online publication that, as the title suggests, follows Michigan Athletics (the website name is a play on words, specifically taking from the official UM Athletic Department website, which is MGoBlue.com).  The blog is intended to be a one stop source for the latest news and analysis on all Michigan sports, although the blog tends to focus on basketball, football, and hockey.  The primary audience for the blog is alumni, fans and current students at the University of Michigan.  What makes MGoBlog unique is its blend of hard-core analysis and humor.  Often, the blog delves into extremely detailed play examination, giving readers a breakdown that other sports news sources, such as ESPN, do not.   For example, a recent post that focused on Michigan’s defensive performance against Central Michigan University highlighted the different defensive packages that coordinator Greg Mattison rolled out for the game.  Yet for all the detail and pure football logistics that are jam-packed into the blog, frequent comedic relief makes the reading a little less dense.  It’s common to find a post breaking down quarterback reads that is interrupted by a humorous photo or quip.  GIFs of old coaches doing crazy things are common, and photoshopped images of players are frequent. This blend helps MGoBlog attain a unique readership, made up of both serious and casual readers.

While the content on MGoBlog is nearly unrivaled, another great touch to the website is its active community.  The forums on MGoBlog are chock full of lively debates, news on other teams and threads that involve topics that aren’t related to sports.  The MGoBlog community also makes MGoBlog a great destination for readers interested in recruiting.  College sports have evolved into a national arms race, with coaches and programs looking all over the country to find the best talent.  Since MGoBlog’s readership is made up of people from all over the United States, when Michigan targets a recruit living in Texas, more often than not a reader from Dallas will go to the recruit’s games and cover his progress.  The result is a dynamic source for Michigan recruiting news.

MGoBlog is a solid blog that every Michigan fan, casual or die-hard, should at least check out.  I would recommend the forum for anyone who wants to engage in meaningful discussions about a great university and the teams that represent it.

 

 

Ministry of Magic

Is the Mason Hall bathroom a blog? Women, have you ever been in that bathroom? Read what’s on the stalls? The war against the janitors is ongoing, FYI because according to a Sharpie named Mary, “The paint can’t stop us”. In all seriousness though, people really pour their hearts on to the smelly walls until they are repainted at least twice a year. Confessions of eating disorders, forced sexual encounters, and feelings of self-hatred are marked among sharpie hearts and people writing “believe in yourself” and “I love (insert man here)”. This sharing of, in some cases, very private information in a somewhat public place made me think of blogging. We share thoughts, often unprompted responses to anything we see, just as I am doing now and the women do in the stalls. Some of the restroom confessions are shocking, and most all anonymous, yet all are for a very specific audience. I think that is the most interesting part. The women writing to no one are really writing to exactly who they want to hear from. First the gender is narrowed down (female) unless men have the same type of graffiti, I don’t know. Then there is the fact that it is not just on a sink or by a mirror, but in a stall with a forced audience. They basically coerce others into reading their confessions. The audiences are captivated without necessarily wanting to be. So really, bathroom stalls are better. People have to read what you say.

 

Thoughts?

Ma, This Blog Post is Going on the Fridge

Just in case my new blog group members have not read my previously enthralling posts, which is somewhat unimaginable (sorry I use a fair amount of sarcasm), I spent a lot of time lamenting the effect that technology is having on our generation’s writing quality. I was essentially arguing that in this day and age, with the advent of Twitter and text messaging, younger people are constantly ensconced in a brutish form of writing that disgraces the art form that it truly is. Read More

Patient is Not Yet My Virtue

I’m sure the people in my writing group will be sick of me reiterating this, but I do not write fiction. Never have, and really never was planning on it. When I examined the re-purposing assignment, it became clear that I was going to have to leave my comfort zone of academic argumentation and essentially try something new. While I initially planned to do a short story, a combination of a busy mind and too much caffeine led me to an entire night of reflection in bed. Somewhere around my fourth hour of trying to determine whether the bathtub above me is going to fall through the ceiling, because that crack may or may not be getting bigger, I decided to get up and do something productive. I have absolutely no idea what compelled me to write a poem, but it was probably the mixture of delirium from a lack of sleep and mold spores that may or may not be present in my foul living abode. Read More

The Transformation of a Novice Blogger

After having re-read Andrew Sullivan’s “Why I Blog” and reflecting upon my own blog habits over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that both my blog posts and my thoughts about blogging have drastically changed.  For starters, through the incorporation of multimedia (videos, pictures, memes, etc.), my blogs have become more personal and more exciting to both write and read.  As far as my feelings towards blogging, I now enjoy it more because of the creativity and openness it allows. Read More

Yikes!

After looking through e-portfolios of the fall 2012 students, I find myself a little overwhelmed. With blog post titles such as “Done Done Done Done Done,” “dddDDDoooOOOnnnNNNeeeEEE,” and “Halleluja,” I understand putting together the portfolio at the end of the semester will be stressful. The results, though, are quite impressive. It is evident that the students who finished the portfolio completed similar assignments my cohort and I continue to work on now. Many of them show their willingness to put up very rough drafts and blog posts. The typical writer would caution against publishing such personal writings and opening themselves up to scrutiny. This course has taught shown us all–through readings and our own writing–not to be afraid of making mistakes or publishing weak first drafts.

Fine, I won't judge a book. But can I judge a blog?

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