An Evening With IndyCar Bloggers
For two hours last night, the IndyCar bloggers ruled the airwaves. Well, that may be taking it a little far, but for twelve of us that asked (read: begged) to be on Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee’s radio show on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, we commanded a little space on the Indianapolis airwaves as well as a few bits of bandwidth on the web.
It was a unique experience to take an active part of a show that I have followed diligently for the past two years. But the most intriguing thing about the evening for me was to hear the actual voices of those whose sites I had been reading for so long. When you read someone’s writings over a period of time, you get a pretty strong idea about what they sound like in person. Sometimes you’ve hit it pretty close and other times you’re way off of the mark. Such was the case last night.
Those that I did a pretty good job of forming an audio image of (is that a term?) were Will at “Is It May Yet”, Kohl from “Planet-IRL”, Monica from “The Race Girl” and James of 16th and Georgetown. I had already heard Chris of “Indy Racing Revolution” and Bill from “Pressdog”; so there was no real surprise there.
Although I tried to give a warning; apparently based on the comments on Twitter, there were some that were startled with my southern accent. It’s OK…I’m proud of it. When my generation is gone, I’m afraid our accents will have become so homogenized that a southern accent will no longer exist. Enjoy it while you can.
The evening was missing a few well-known names. Jeff at “My Name Is IRL” chose to sit out the evening so that he could sit back and “…hear the dulcet tones” of his blogging colleagues. That was a worthy offer but I would have liked to hear from him even though he was on last year’s show. One of the most under rated bloggers out there is Andy, the “Speedgeek”. When he decides to write, he does an excellent job. Trouble is, he writes about once a decade. Another omission of the evening was Roy Hobbson of “The Silent Pagoda”. There are a lot of hilarious IndyCar blogs out there, but Roy’s sense of humor is borderline genius.
It was a very enjoyable evening – once my part was over with. When I heard my name going into the commercial break, I was suddenly overcome with tremors, nausea and dry-mouth as I suddenly remembered why I never went into broadcasting. When you type something stupid, the backspace key comes in very handy. When something idiotic leaves your mouth on live radio – it’s out there for the world to hear. Based on a few comments I saw on Twitter, I don’t think I was the only one that experienced those symptoms.
I’ll admit I was taken aback a little bit at the first of the show. I was prepared just to talk about where I live and what my blog is like. When I heard that we all had to bring a topic to the party, I was scrambling. I decided to just go off on the rant that I am most passionate about – more chassis and engine manufacturers with more innovation. That formula adds up to better competition
You’ve got to hand it to Curt and Kevin. Think about it…they turned their entire show over to a bunch of amateurs. They didn’t know if some of us might freeze up and cause an embarrassingly awkward moment or else seize the moment to trumpet their own bizarre cause. Instead, everyone handled the pressure well (although I’ve already been told by my girlfriend that she could hear my voice shaking) and all were on their best behavior. It’s a good thing that they do with blogger night. It strengthens the bond in the IndyCar community and gives each of us a platform to tout what is unique about our sites. When I first started doing this, I figured that all the other sites were competition. Jeff at “My Name Is IRL” set me straight early on that we were all in this together. I found out soon after that how right he was.
Looking at other sports blogs out there, I don’t get the same sense of camaraderie from them that exists among the IndyCar Bloggers. The two that helped me the most when I first started were Pressdog and Jeff. I’m still astounded at how helpful they were getting this site going. That’s why I’ve tried to be helpful when bloggers even newer than myself e-mail me, but I’ll admit that my help hasn’t been as effective as what I received from Jeff and Bill.
In case you missed the show, you may download it here. I’ll finish this piece of mush by thanking Curt and Kevin for allowing us our five to ten minutes of fame. They are both good ambassadors for our sport.