OFB has regular readers and regular readers who regularly post comments. We appreciate both. Commonly comments posted here are of the intelligently reflective sort, even when we spiritedly disagree with their conclusions. This exchange is important; it’s a regular reminder that this medium is communal in its conception and in its sustenance, and as such, a whole different animal from the media from which blogs evolved.
We started OFB not simply because we had something to say about the Caps and our sport but because we believed we could regularly bring an uncommon passion for both to our product. The rewarding part for us, which we never imagined last fall when we started, arrives with moments of connecting with in-kind passion borne by our readers. We received such sentiment this week, and we share it with you here:
“Whenever you ask a Post reporter why they give so little attention to hockey, the answer, invariably, is that there’s little public interest in the sport. Foolish me. I always believed the sports page was supposed to be just that, a “sports” page, not a Redskin’s page or a whatever the public wants page. The Caps are a legitimate professional sports team, yet in this town they are often treated like a high school team. I know they’ll never be the Redskins, but is it too much to expect that they’d be given the same amount of respect given to the Baltimore Orioles? I read a lot of out-of-town papers and I’d be hard-pressed to name another city where the pro hockey team is so poorly covered, and that includes every other team in the Southeast Division. Thank God for blogs like yours.”
It’s vitally important to us that our readers feel like stakeholders in OFB. Having an opinion about sports is common. Having passion, thoughtfully articulating it, and marshalling more of it isn’t. We are very excited about the media wave we’re but one small surfboard within. We’re pretty sure the best rides are ahead of us, and we hope you’ll be racing through the surf to meet them with us.