Just rolled into the Championship Lakes Golf clubhouse – BTW Route 30 West is a beautiful drive – and the POVs guys are coming in from the front nine to grab a drink and some conversation. Saw Rick (Erie Express) , Fran (Lastrow), UPitt (brought his own beer and cigars), Jay91 (who brought some just awesome Pitt memorabilia), Rand ( JoeKnew), John (MajorMajors) and a bunch of their friends… and I apologize if I skipped someone.
Funny that most of the friends read the Pitt Blather but just like at the Pitt alumni meet and greet I went to on Thursday they didn’t know about the Pitt POV.
Speaking of which I was just outside having a smoke with UPitt and we were talking about the Blather as opposed to the POV and Mark(UPitt) said “Well, the POV is real life.” and you know what? I think it is.
We care about each other on here; we go out of our way not to offend others with our comments even if they get heated sometimes and we all want the same thing to happen – to see Pitt represented well both on the football field of play and in general.
That is the beauty of The Pitt POV – I truly consider the blog belongs to all of you and it is not just mine. I go onto the message boards sometimes and when The POV is mentioned there is almost always a negative discussion of it to follow. I understand that part of that is how I personally view Pitt football and those principals involved in it – but I see that there are really huge misconceptions about what we do on here.
One commenter on a pay board said, in response to a post about the POV, “That’s why nobody goes over there.” Which cracked me up a bit so I rebutted with the statistics of the POV and pretty much shut him up. I don’t write that in bragging but that there is, among those who haven’t read us on here, a wrong impression of the give and take we have.
In nine days the POV will be two years old. Just to throw some numbers out…
In total we have had 641 articles which means we average just under an article per day (.89 actually)…
We have had 73,517 comments which averages out to 115 per article. Again not to brag but no other media outlet about football comes anywhere close to that. Dokish’s Panther’s Prey averages less than 10 per post; The Pitt Blather is averaging about the same over the last few months… and Rivals.com Chris Peak’s articles – as well written as they are – don’t -match up by a long shot either, but granted that is a different format.
The news media articles get almost no comments on them and 93.7 gets call into bitch about Pitt football but little written feedback.
Which pretty much puts The Pitt POV on top of the Pitt football heap. I say all this so that you readers and you commenters can take a second and pat yourselves on the back for doing a great job of making this Blog about as good as it gets.
I understand that my opinions are strong, but I very much try to have informed opinions and I’m not sure the casual reader on here gets how much time and effort I spend making sure that 1) what I write is as accurate as possible and 2) that my writings are meant to engage and encourage discussions and not to beat anyone over the head with what I think and feel.
If I stray from that I am counting on you all to point it out and lead me back into the way it should be – and I mean that. This is a labor of love for me and sometimes I just can’t wait to read what everyone has to say. A great case in point about us being a real “Pitt Family” on here was the fantastic response we had when I asked you all to send in articles telling us how you became Pitt fans… amazingly we got 15 biographies submitted and some, Hell – all, were just beautiful to read.
That, my friends is what makes this blog such a big part of my life and, I think, yours also. So I thnk you…
Back to the day’s festivities. Here are some quick photos of the set up Fran and Rick did for the dinner area:
I’m doing a Blogging Class I am conducting on Monday afternoon… There are still open slots if anyone cares to join in…
Developing a Successful Blog
Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Branch: Miller Branch
Creating and writing a blog offers a great way to build a space where you can share your writing and thoughts while generating discussion with others online. Blogger Reed Kohberger guides you through the process of envisioning, designing, and creating your blog; writing engaging articles; and cultivating a group of dedicated readers and commenters.
*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.