I had thought about writing this in a semi-formal way, to make it seem real eloquent, but then I realized that would take more brain power than I’d like so I dropped the idea. Then I thought about making it super informal, to make it seems more casual, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it so I dropped that idea too.
To cut a potentially long winded preamble short and cut to the chase: I won’t be writing for BFB anymore, even with the new Run of Play-esque format we’ve got going on. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving the site; I’m just demoting myself from a mod to a simple reader.
Why? Well, it’s the oh-so-cliché ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ kind of thing.
Time is one of the reasons. I’m in school and it’s not easy making time to blog about football. But that’s not a really a big issue – if you really like something you’ll make time for it. And that’s just it.
The main reason I’m stepping down is blogging about football isn’t at the top of my priorities anymore. Unexpected changes in life have made it so. While I love watching Barca and really enjoy their games (and football in general), I don’t really feel like writing about it. And it’s this lack of passion that is the problem. Having a writer that doesn’t write is pretty pointless isn’t it?
When I think back on my BFB blogging experience, I only remember fun, fun, and more fun. I really enjoyed writing nonsensical things (that were actually pretty bad now that I go back and skim through it, lol) and sharing my thoughts with you guys.
I’ve never blogged or wrote about anything before so it was such a great learning experience too. I learned how to gauge things better; what to focus on and expand on, and what to be brief about. I learned what writing style is most effective for whatever topic I want to discuss… It was a really fruitful and enjoyable experience and I’m glad I took the plunge and decided to try blogging out. I even got to record a podcast! (That was frightening and cool at the same time).
To me, BFB is the best Barca blog on the internets and one of the best on the Net, period. To write for the site was such an honour. As for the writers – they’re the best. And when I say the best, I mean that. As writers, they are intelligent, engaging, hilarious, and fun to read. Although I don’t know them personally, as people, I’m sure they’re even better.
So to Isaiah, Kevin, Calvin, Euler, SoMa, Luke and Linda: thank you so much for letting me be part of your team.
To be quite honest, I’d only step down a site with such writers when I was sure I wouldn’t contribute much.
As for you guys, all I can say is I’m writing this post for the sole purpose of letting you guys know (rather than pulling a Hector and disappearing). I can’t say how grateful I am for your taking the time to read the posts I wrote. This community is really something special. It’s really difficult (next to impossible) to find such respectful fans and readers on football blogs nowadays. (Which is a sad thing indeed).
So to the readers of BFB: thank you very much for reading and commenting. If I ever feel like blogging again, a glorious return to BFB would be at the top of the list.
If you’ll allow me one parting message: enjoy this team. I’ve said it ad nauseam but it really bears repeating: enjoy this team.
I say it because I don’t believe Barca fans truly are. They are far too caught up in an utterly ridiculous perceived notion of bias embittered fans, players and manager(s) have invented in their sad attempt to discredit the achievements of a fantastic and historic team. They post more enraged comments addressing the nonsense than they do about the actual game.
“But it seems like everyone believes it and talks about it!” they complain. Well of course they do — we’ve dominated and embarrassed a lot of freaking teams. Arsenal, Madrid, Milan, Manchester United…
But the shame is on them. If they don’t want to recognize the great achievements of this team and want spend their time writing bitter and baseless comments about something that isn’t true, fine. It’s as unhealthy as it is pathetic.
But the real tragedy is if you spend most of your time addressing this nonsense. How can you enjoy watching and supporting Barca when you’re busy focusing on referees and their decisions, conspiracies and other things? The answer is an easy one: you can’t. Which is exactly what those embittered individuals want.
The whining is pure jealousy. No matter how logical and factual your arguments are, you won’t change beliefs that are born from inferiority and envy. So why bother? Their opinions are irrelevant in the grand scheme. Addressing idiocy gives it value.
Barca has become a dynasty and people hate dynasties. Rather than fight the inevitable backlash and hatred that comes with being that team, it’d be much better and infinitely healthier to just embrace it. You want to hate us for being too good? I’m down with that. Make the focus on the players, tactics, and those things; laugh at everything else. It’s more fun and you’ll enjoy supporting a team more.
Does it this mean acting overly superior and ultra blasé to what other people say is the answer? Not really. But sometimes it’s clear which opinions are worth engaging.
Supporting a historic team should be really fun. If it isn’t, something’s very wrong.
….And that’s about it. You can follow me on Twitter (@officialkari) if you’d like, but I’ll still be commenting on BFB like usual so you don’t really have to.
See you in the comments guys!