Friday, February 19, 2010

Blogging Is A Lot Like Hockey

My son plays in a hockey league and absolutely loves his team.  His coach is funny and fun and is firm with the kids when needed but never resorts to screaming; the coach's Zen demeanor calls to mind Pens head coach Dan Bylsma.  Both coaches are students of the game and hep to the old adage "you get more with honey than with vinegar."  The parents of the kids on my son's team get along well and are genuinely fond of each other.  We have very different lives but appreciate those differences and have learned much from each other.  Already, we're making plans for get-togethers during the off-season so that we can stay connected and continue to grow as a hockey family.  As of this writing, the team is 7-3 with two games remaining and has qualified for the playoffs.

Another team in the same division is coached by a screamer.  The team has gone through two business managers already this season and the parents are always at each other's throats.  They started the season with thirteen players and were down to the league minimum of eight for their most recent game.  Their record is well below .500.

It occurred to me today that blogging is a lot like hockey.  With both, the team you choose to play with can make a world of difference.


  1. Although the other blog lost any relevance long ago, it has now devolved into the electronic equivalent of fifth grade boys in the school yard, with all of their attendant wit and intelligence in addressing issues; (“IS SO!, IS NOT!, IS SO! IS NOT!). Adults recognizing what adolescent boys are like ignore them and walk by. I am not sure what is worse, the hysterical attacks or the eye-glazing minutiae. I was amused recently by a suggestion from one of the boys that their blog was somehow the community equivalent of a newspaper, where I look at it as meaningful as graffiti on a bridge span.

  2. Elaine, I'm guessing that Mr. Cannon's wasn't quite the mature, constructive sort of comment you were hoping for......

  3. Dave, you know where I stand -- I stated it as succinctly as I could at the start of this thread.

    I appreciate your comment, Dave, and trust that it was intended to move the conversation forward, not belittle it. Already, I've had to reject an anonymous comment (we don't publish anonymous comments) that was infinitely less polite than yours.

  4. Elaine, while I don't necessarily see the need for your veiled criticism of Blog Lebo or the folks who comment there, I do support the idea that constructive conversation is better than loud barking. However, I wonder how you would charactize the first comment to your post. Mr. Cannon clearly has strong opinions about Blog Lebo and he obviously thinks he's on "your team". However, his comment - to me - reads a lot like the very sort of abusive chatter that you were speaking out against.

  5. Dave, I disagree with your characterization of "veiled criticism of Blog Lebo." I read a LOT of blogs, have for many years and have blogged myself for some time now. (I remember the term "blog" morphing from "web log" in the mid-late 90s and chuckled recently when the P-G said it was derived from "web blog" -- guess it helped to be there in the beginning!) My comments refer to the blogosphere in general and if anyone at Blog Lebo or elsewhere takes it personally, that's their issue.

    Kristen and I are striving to create community with our blog and believe that can be done in a civil and respectful manner while speaking to issues big and small. Much as I published Mr. Cannon's comments above, I have also published comments by Joe Polk that weren't exactly what I'd like to see in terms of tone. It's a process, wouldn't you agree?

  6. I agree, it's a process. Given the underlying theme of your original post, I guess I would have expected you to be critical of Mr. Cannon's comment, which sounded a lot like the screaming hockey coach, at least to me.

    And I suppose that if you had corrected Mr. Cannon for also incorrectly assuming that you were referring to Blog Lebo, I probably wouldn't have jumped to their defense. My bad . . . I guess.


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