Originally Posted by GP
It's hard for me because before she was contributing to The Chronicle, she was here and doing stuff for this board...we would all say "The Chronicle should have YOU as its Texans beat writer!"
Then she becomes a blogger for them, and now (sad to say) I find it hard to click on the link and go to the Chronicle-based blog articles she writes. I don't like the way the Chronicle holds its nose up and "regular Joes" while their own "professional" Texans writer is, how do I say this, not up to standard for us.
She invests huge amounts of time, has cultivated great relationships while balancing those relationships with true journalism creativity, and I guess I still just hold a grudge at the Chronicle because they get clicks to their site off of her.....but she's not their bonafide Texans reporter. It's like they're getting away with murder, to me, putting cronyism above professionalism. Granted, TC might not even WANT a full time gig with the Chronicle.
I just have a conflict with going to that site. It goes back to the days of Richard Justice and how he would skewer the Texans without knowing what he was taking about, then jump on board the bandwagon, then hop off of it, and then Johnny Pancakes gets everything wrong that he puts his hand to. But hey, just like Arian Foster snuck onto the Texans...so did TC find a way to make the Chronicle look and function in a competent manner. Quickly.
I wish she would sometimes do some "TexanTalk exclusive" stuff here, even if it was just 3 or 4 times a year. I am not in any way griping at her, per se, just not happy with the Chronicle.
My 2 cents on this:
One of the reasons why I choose to write for the Chronicle is that I like having newspapers, even imperfect ones, and want them to succeed. I think they are good for communities, especially in times of emergencies.
The Houston Chronicle has been very supportive of my writing. Specifically, a number of the sportswriters there have been extremely supportive of my writing.
After I quit it after 2006 when I was writing also for another site, it was John McClain who asked me at an event if I would come back because he missed having my voice at the site. That he arranged for me to freelance for them. That was very gracious of him to go out of his way to do that because not all journalists are as supportive to bloggers as the people at the Chronicle have been to me.
I have no desire to be a beat writer for the Chronicle. I do not have the time. To do it well, you have to be at the facility every day. You have to travel. You experience sports as a job and not a love, and whenever this writing thing is no longer fun for me, I'm not going to do it. I have a family, and beat writing would not be an easy job to do with children. If I wanted to go through my life juggling stuff, I'd be making a ton more money that I could as a sports journalist.
I also do not enjoy writing basic news pieces. I prefer writing analysis. I don't like writing to outwardly imposed deadlines or writing about topics an editor wants me to write. I have freedom to write whatever I want when the muse and time permits. So I'm good with my arrangement with the Chron.
However, basic news pieces are an important part of coverage of local teams--otherwise, you'd only get whatever the team wants to let you hear.
Due to the Chronicle's help, I've been able to get credentials for OTAs, minicamps, training camp in recent years. I pretty much attend that every day I can get away. Because I know that news is dear to get during that time. But I prefer to go to games as a fan, and not have to write a detailed post-game right after the game unless I feel like writing a detailed post-game right after the game.
I'm just trying to live my life with joy. And in a way that is good for my family. And use the Chron platform as a resource to help Texans fans out because I'm a fan, and I dig Texans fans. (Ironically, in real life I'm a pretty private person for someone who feels compelled to wear silly clothes, write a blog for the love of her fave team. But I came to recognize that I can do good things if I put myself out there more in the world a bit because of how things have sort of evolved. If you asked me 10 years ago that I'd be doing any of the stuff I do now, I'd think it would be nuts).
I'm not telling you to click on the Chron if you don't like writers there. But I will tell you that if people don't click on my blog, some day the Chron won't keep me on. Margins for newspapers are very small given diluted ad dollars.
I click on links that I want to support. I do that by writers not platforms. I do not like a lot of what Bleacher Report is or their business model one bit. I've been plagiarized there and the quantity of inaccurate and sexist content makes me feel vomity.
However, I do like some of their writers, and will link/click on their stuff if it is good. You encourage what you support. If you want to encourage more of my writing or other people's writing, then click on it, comment on it, share it on the web. Because that and my continued interest is how my writing will be able to continue to exist.