The most important thing for a football player-turned-blogger to remember is to write down an idea as soon as it occurs, because with so many hits to the head everyday at practice, the memories fade fast.
Sometimes it's hard to think of topics, so do whatever you can do for blog ideas. I've asked my mom for blog ideas since she has a different point of view than I do and has a sense of what other fans might want to know.
When that hasn't worked, I've stolen stories from
You can't listen to everything the critics have to say, but you do need to take some of it to heart. It's OK to take some ideas, but you need to have most of the blog be your own stuff. It has your name on it and you want it to represent who you are on and off the field.
It's important to be entertaining, or at least to say you are so you don't have high standards you need to reach every week. I learned this the hard way. After starting off the blog with some serious entries, I began throwing a lot of comedy around, and now I stress out some weeks trying to make every blog better than the last one. Sometimes, what seems funny at 3 a.m. after watching five hours of the Home Shopping Network isn't really funny at all, its just weird. But when I stress, I always remember coach
To blog successfully, you need to leave your pride at the door. As people already know, I'll write a lot of embarrassing stuff about myself (like the fact that I feel like
There are a lot of doors that I go through every day (some harder to get through than others), so sometimes it's hard to figure out at which one I need to check my pride, but I would say most of the time it's the locker room door. We have a student-manager that sits by the door as you walk into the locker room and I always give him my pride (he thinks I'm just giving him a handful of clothes). I do remember a couple of times this year that I've forgotten my pride at home after waking up, and on those days I feel naked and then feel even worse for the manager because I have nothing to give him.
The scary thing about blogging as an athlete is that you want to be entertaining and give people an inside look at the team, but at the same time you can't give away your game plan for the week. You have to know when and where to draw the line. I personally like to walk with one foot on each side of the line, and to this point I haven't gotten pushed off.
One topic I've stayed away from is talking about our offensive line coach. Coach
It's important to pick your fights, be entertaining and let people see the inside, but not too far inside.
I always make sure to ask teammates before I mention them in the blog. Before making fun of a guy or mentioning him in a story, I always run it by him so that no one gets embarrassed or offended. People want to be portrayed in a certain light, and I can help them achieve that goal on the Internet.
Finally, don't think about the blog all day. It's important to blog and think of new ideas and new ways to presentthoughts, but football always comes first. You don't want to lose focus on the field with thoughts of blogging on your mind.