Rumour Blogging for Dummies

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Do you ever feel like everyone around you has NHL scoops? Get the feeling that you’re the only one without sources about rumours? Feeling unpopular and bullied? Do you like role play? Feel the need to be popular and appreciated? It’s easy. Become a Rumour Blogger!

Rumour blogging is becoming more and more popular, as shown by the number of them coming out of the woodworks in the past couple of years. Move over Eklund, you have company, as more regular Joe’s want to take advantage of people’s naïve nature to make themselves look important!

But how does someone become a Rumour Blogger? I’ve created an easy to follow, step by step guide to help you do just that. Try it, it’s really simple!

 

  • Create a username. Don’t use your real name and ensure no one finds out, at all cost;

 

  • Get a Twitter account. A web site to post on is preferable, especially if you can edit at a later date, but optional;
  • Find at least one big, gullible and desperate fan base and focus on them mostly, especially when you’re in dire need of attention;

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  • Proper spelling is preferred, but not crucial as people are so desperate for juicy rumours, that they will overlook the fact that GM’s, scouts or other personnel would want their message written by an illiterate;
  • Don’t give too much information. The more info you give, the higher the risk of getting caught in a lie;
  • Be vague, yet leave some meat on the bone;
  • Tell your followers not to believe everything that’s out there, but insist that they should trust YOU as you’re not like others;
  • Once in a while, make something up to be the first to come out with that rumour, so that people don’t think you’re stealing from others. You’ll be surprised to see how many others will say they’ve heard the same thing;
  • Come up with a rumour quoting one source, and then contradict that rumour a few days later saying you got information from another source. You can’t lose that way;
  • Often mention that you can’t divulge your source not to burn them or compromise their job;
  • Agree with some other rumours, other times say that you haven’t heard that;
  • Pretend to have appointments with your sources, meeting, phone calls. This will bring credibility to the untrained eye;
  • Often use the line that most rumours don’t result in trades. People can defeat that no matter how hard they try;
  • Make sure to use the canned answers: “Cap space can be cleared” and “don’t shoot the messenger”. It’s an easy cope out of difficult situations when confronted;
  • If they catch you in a lie, ask them why they’re following you if they don’t want to believe;
  • Tweet something immediately after a traditional media or another insider. If someone challenges you, pretend you didn’t see it or that you have the same info, so it must be true;
  • Re-tweet everyone who agrees with you. While it may not add to your credibility, showing the world that some are gullible to believe you will make you feel better;
  • Make sure to piggy back what others are reporting, especially if it’s more than one. You wouldn’t want to be left out if it were to materialize;
  • Always claim to have a source better than your other ones. This will bring more attention to yourself when you feel the time is right, like at the trade deadline or at the amateur draft;
  • When a trade actually happens, pretend to have predicted it. People are lazy and won’t go check, some will concur;
  • And remember that the more crap you throw on the wall, some will eventually stick!

 

While I’ve created this guide in good humour, don’t think for one second that it isn’t true. GM’s and team officials don’t reveal information to that many people. Very few are legitimate and all claim to be the ones to be trusted.

In conclusion, I highly suggest you read The story of Dallas Dave, a Rumour Blogger who, after reaching some success, decided to come clean. Great story!

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Habs Blogger or Journalist: Who Is Who?

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This is an ongoing debate, one that’s been around since the Weblogs came about in the late 90’s. I was accused by a Twitter follower a few weeks ago of being too biased in my opinions and that I should stick to reporting instead of providing my opinion on different topics. While it came a bit out of left field, that comment made me think: why would the opinions that I post on my little blog provoke such strong reactions with some people? I’m only doing this as a hobby and I happen to write about things that people want to read about after all. I’m not getting paid for this. I’m definitely not a journalist or a reporter, nor do I pretend to be one…

But then I thought that I have tweeted and commented on some journalists or reporters’ timelines or columns in the past, about how they were using their media to push their own personal agenda against player “x” or coach “y”… to me, that was the difference between reporting, which occurs through a media, and blogging which is an opinion column. Was I wrong to think that way?

In order to get to the bottom of it, I decided to do some research on the topic and I found out that there are no clear guidelines, or at least no defined consensus to differentiate between a casual blogger on the web and a reporter or a journalist. Some definitions are quite broad, while others are a bit stricter. But which one is right, I wondered?

Blogger

A blogger can be anyone, really. Anyone who wants to write their thoughts on any topic. As a Habs’ fan, it can be a 14 year old student or a 50 year old married man who loves to give his opinion on his favourite team, the players and the management group. Most times, in our surroundings, they don’t get paid, although some do. The money is however quite limited in most cases as blogging sites often take advantage of their writers by getting contents for free in order to pocket the advertising money.

A blogger is often more emotional about topics. Some bloggers will even go as far as attacking personalities which can results in some lawsuits for defamation. Bloggers will often use less factual information and more opinions instead. They are usually quite amateurish although some are, in my humble opinion, better than a few so-called professional journalists.

Mostly though, a blogger doesn’t publish under a media outlet, whether it’s electronic, print or radio. The blogger might (or might not) have their own blog or website.

Journalist

The journalist (or reporter) is, more often than not, a trained professional in the media field of work. Most have gone to school and studied their craft. They have access to information and people that your mortal blogger might not and they are getting paid by a media outlet (or more) to provide content. They are paid employees or contractors for the most part, and they can be just as well on salary or paid by the piece (or presence).

The journalists often are published by those media and they are, for that reason, usually better known. We read them regularly, we hear them on the radio and we see them on television providing their “expertise”.

What constitutes a good journalist, in my opinion, is one who can draw the line between reporting the news at hand, and avoid as much as possible going into their personal opinion, particularly when it comes to emotions like firing a coach, trading a player… good journalists are like TSN’s Bob McKenzie, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Sportsnet and CBC’s Elliott Friedman and NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs.

A few examples of journalists who have crossed the line in the past by acting like bloggers while using their media outlet are The Gazette’s Stu Cowan, or CTV’s Brian Wilde. You can definitely add to that list Brendan Kelly, a Habs’ reporter wannabe for The Gazette whose real “expertise” is showbiz but confuses reporting with blogging.

I found this little gem who will help you make the difference between a blogger and a journalist, and it should also help you realise when a reporter crosses the line and uses its media outlet(s) while acting like… a blogger.

Blogger vs Journalist Infographic
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