So. Life happens. To all of us. Your team at Barcelona Football Blog consists of lawyers, medical students, computer techs, writers and journalists. We have lives, husbands, wives, children, jobs and various other things pressing for our attention, in addition to this thing that we all consider a labor of love.
But, like life, change has to happen. Yes, some of it is related to the joyousness that greeted my return from hiatus. But most of it is just life, and what it does to time constraints, etc. So to be brief, BFB is changing.
Whether that is for the better or worse remains to be seen, and this change is still a work in progress, but the long and short of it is that, like the days of The Offside, BFB will again become a blog of passion. Heretofore, there have been the obligations: LoveBlobs, previews, reviews, analyses, tactical and otherwise, etc, etc. Even with a team the size of ours, that is a lot of content, mostly because we all take extreme pride in the quality of our work and writing.
So what the hell does that mean?
Well, you know how SoMa will descend from Olympus with a gem, then mount her chariot and return to the bosom of the Gods? Well, the chariot has become a bus. That is to say, the “obligation” posts will be fewer, even as the passion is greater. So rather than “Today’s preview day,” it might be nothing, or it might be an impassioned piece about RoSELL, Texeira and why 10-year-old girls need a million Euros in their bank accounts. It might be, “Wonder what Party Boy is up to these days,” or an analysis of yet another rabble-rousing Facebook note from Alfons Godall. Might be a fun talk with a sports physiologist on just why in the hell Messi can do what he does.
In short, whatever the writers are passionate about. A model might be Brian Phillips’ most excellent Run of Play, for those who know that space.
Yes, there will be previews. Yes, there will be reviews. But not all the time, and not in that sense of being able to set your clock by them. Because frankly (and I believe in full honesty with the BFB family), continuing down that path was almost certainly going to kill this blog.
So we’re thinking that having things be driven by passion, rather than obligation, will help. And perhaps someone getting battered about a review that was more necessary task than obligation, won’t sap joy and …. there’s that word again …. passion. So that Valencia review, had I followed my first mind, would have been a piece about Pedro, Cuenca and Tello, how they’re one and the same, yet different, linked to the galvanic effect that Tello had when he entered the match. This is one example of how the space might change.
It goes without saying that big matches won’t be ignored, but if we go to Hee-Hon and whip on them 8-0, there might not be a review. Or a preview, for that matter. There might not be anything, or there might be lots of things. Who knows? What you can count on are many surprises, and a continuation (or should I say return to) the passion that drove Isaiah and I to make The Offside thrive, then leave there to found this space. As for the rest, time will tell. There will also be opportunities for many of you to contribute. We have had guest previews, Views from the Stands and other family-generated content. Expect more, and if you all have ideas, shoot a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, and off we go. All suggestions and bribes will be considered.
On a content-related note, as probably all of you know, one of the pre-eminent footy journos around, Graham Hunter, has written a new book about our beloved club. It’s called “Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World,” and is available via Amazon.co.uk or direct from Back Page Press. I will soon have a copy for review, which will be appearing in this space. There will also be a Q-and-A with Hunter that will appear before the review, since I have to learn to read before I can actually review a book. If you don’t already have a copy, you should get one. Advance reports are that it is brilliant. And even if it isn’t, it’s still about our club, so you need it.
And that’s what I know for now.