I hope you all will read, discuss and enjoy this new website, www.pittpov.com as we are rolling out a new Pitt sports blog owned, operated and written by myself; Reed Kohberger. I had planned on July 5th as the “Go Date” but a friendly post on Facebook precluded that… which is fine.
As most of you may know I have been the lead football writer for Chas Rich’s fantastic The Pitt Blather website. That blog, covering Pitt football, basketball and some other athletics is the standard bearer in Pitt blog coverage…and it is about to have some competition.
I have written for Chas for over five years – formally starting on the first day of Spring Practice in 2011 with new Head Coach Todd Graham (not my fault there).
I have posted almost 500 articles in total for The Blather and after reviewing the output I figure each article averaged at about 1,750 words. You do that math – OK, I’ll do the math – that’s about 875,000 words all told. Considering the average length of a fiction novel is between 80K – 100K words the fact is that I’ve put out over what could be ten Pitt Blather books for Chas.
And I had an truly wonderful time doing it.
But needs must and it’s time that I got up on the (not high) horse and started my own Pitt Sports blog. I’m not doing this because of anything negative with the Blather – I mean it when I said it has been wonderful to be part of that blog – but this is just something I have wanted to do for some time now.
Besides, every time I tell Blather readers I was slowly backing out of writing to do something different I found myself writing even more Pitt football articles than I had been before on there.
So – those who have read my stuff and whoever I have had the pleasure of discussing and debating with, either in the comments section or in person, know that I’m pretty well informed overall, not shy about posting my opinions on issues (not limited to football) and that I’m not, given the nature of the blogosphere, completely bound by journalistic rules. That said – I try to honor those standards as much as possible as an amateur writer can do.
I invite and want you along with me on this new endeavor. I don’t want you to exclude reading other blogs though , the fun of all this is having tons of different sources to read, share and talk about with each other. But I would appreciate if you give me the same amount of reading time as you did before and comment on here as much as you did elsewhere in response to my writings.
And please, do not hesitate to let me know what I can do to improve this website. Building it has been a chore and I’m sure some of you all know much better than I do what works…
One last note; should this website ever make any money – and I have no idea how that would work because all it is doing now is emptying my wallet – 50% of all proceeds from it will go to both Homeless Housing Services and Adult Literacy programs. I volunteer at both local places a couple of times a week and can say that it is money well spent.
Thanks so much for all your support and friendships… and I’ll see you early
on the 5th of July this morning to start a new line of writing about Pitt Football!!