Especially in the fall, Journo Rock is obsessively concerned with Alabama football. South Carolina football will poke its head in, as well. On a consistent basis, though, Journo Rock is mostly about, in decending order: Alabama football, South Carolina football, politics, pop culture and journalism.
Journo Rock is not a sports blog. It is a vanity blog, as much as the Tony Kornheiser Show on Washington Post Radio is a vanity radio program. But it’s damn entertaining.
I’m a sportswriter at my third newspaper in two years. As a compulsive writer, I can’t help but blog. If I didn’t do that, well, I’d probably get my work done faster.
Like I wrote above, it’s a vanity blog, not so much a topic-driven blog. When it started out in June 2005, it was all politics, journalism and pop culture. Then football season came around and the world flipped its axis. Since then, Journo Rock has melded into a network of sports bloggers, so that’s become the primary focus of the endeavor.
The blog will turn two years old on June 30. I’ve moblogged Hurricane Rita, covered the 2005 and 2006 Alabama football seasons and recorded Lee Corso coming out of the bathroom in the press box at Williams-Brice Stadium. It’s been fun.
On the weekend, I average 250. During the week, it’s more like 350-475. But, that’s because I moved over to WordPress a month ago. Visits will increase as Journo Rock continues on its new platform.
That’s a hard question. Undeniably, fans of Alabama football tend to like it. Also, many readers tend to be fans of college football in general, but also like to read about interesting opinions on politics and pop culture.
Less, now, since I got caught at work updating it. In general though, it would be about an hour or two, searching for information, pictures and creating the posts.
Come on. Who doesn’t like alcoholic, cranky sportswriters?
Do it, stick with it, and let your blog happen organically. I never thought I would get paid good money for ads on the blog, but I have. Just make sure you enjoy what you’re doing, do it well, and people will take notice.
This blog can be visited at http://journalismisforrockstars.wordpress.com/