The saying about glass houses and stones hurtles into mind. Salut! Sunderland writers dish out criticism when they feel it is appropriate, so we must expect brickbats to be tossed our way, too.
I chanced upon a Ready to Go discussion on the merits and otherwise of sites/blogs related to Sunderland AFC. The usual dismay that some SAFC fans are simply unaware we exist soon gave way, by turn, to pride when praise was offered, disappointment when we were given short shrift.
But that is as it should be. The accumulated “hits” of 2.6 million, albeit over a period of seven full years, suggest we are getting something right. It is not unheard of for Salut! Sunderland to be slagged off in comments here or beyond our reach at other places, but we are also accustomed to picking up the odd complimentary assessment.
I was a bit chastened to see the thread headed “Roker Report or Wearewearside”, but the irritation soon wore off once I remembered the mantra that we do not aim to compete with anyone else.
Warts and all, Salut! Sunderland stands by itself. There’s plenty I wish we could do more of, or better, but the bottom line is that it is a site that is essentially a labour of love, supported by a terrific little army of willing contributors, and occasionally makes me feel proud.
I have general permission from Roger, at RTG, to reproduce threads provided, quite properly, that attribution is made. The link is http://www.readytogo.net/smb/threads/roker-report-or-wearewearside.1018424/#ixzz3OQYYJJ9G. RTG is an invaluable resource for Sunderland supporters and there’s no complaint from here if not all its subscribers care very much for us.
Feel free to comment there or here or both (I add my own brief thoughts after some of the views expressed) …
Vernon: What is your favourite safc blog site?
—- Thanks, Tim
never heard of that one, will look it up
It’s decent mate seems to slip under the radar compared to Roker Report
Salut for me as well. Rubbish graphics and you have to take a bit of time to adapt to the different characters on there but there’s some decent stuff being posted, even if it seems slightly less professional. Better atmosphere too
– damned with faint praise! Jake can expect his marching orders.I claim all credit for the atmosphere.
Clearly WAW boasts the superior abbreviation and therefore must be the best.
Might be biased mind.
Boris Bear Striker
– Sixer owes you a Bear hug
None. I used to like when you’d come on a msg board and ‘normal’ fans would debate and argue, but the sports media were the media. Nowadays we have this proliferation of bloggers etc who get plastered all over here by the robot and all over your twitter etc, and whilst they provoke more debate still, i do tend to think people ‘out there’ reading it seem to legitimise it more or make it more valid cos its ‘from a site’ when in reality these opinions are still worth no more than any poster on this board in terms of validity. I still much prefer just discussing things on the likes of here with normal fans
– welcome to the world of Salut! Sunderland‘s imposters. But there must be someone here who qualifies as a “normal fan” …
Never read salut or we are wearside. Read Roker report pretty much daily.
I read enough sh*** about us on here.
– difficult to quarrel with that. See Sixer’s report on the Liverpool game: https://safc.blog/2015/01/sixers-liverpool-soapbox-when-sorrows-come-they-come-not-single-spies/
Walter H White
Roker Report for the latest transfer news but I think WeAreWearside do the better opinion pieces.
None really, their articles can normally be summed up in a sentence or two, and normally are – on here, by posters.
I don’t read any of them.
I don’t see why Fishpaste feels the need to carbon copy everything that comes off SAFC.com on RR.
RR used to be good, probably the best, then went massively downhill to the point it’s boring and unreadable now. Salut I’m not overly keen on. It’s okay but needs a facelift. WAW is completely forgettable.
The problem with all of them (for me), as expressed above, is I don’t really care what they think that much. They’re no more qualified or to be trusted than a bloke down the pub. It strikes me that these sites exist to be run by people with no friends to spout their opinion to, however their superiority complex means they need to find themselves a nice little site to express their ideas and opinion to the world and we should all sit and listen. Somewhere like here at least has the element of conversation, which is sadly lacking on all/any blog.
– must see what my mates think of this one. Oops, haven’t got any
None, there isn’t any point really when you’ve got this place.
Why read anything when you could be listening to podcasts… *cough*
Of course this is a joke, I read all of those sites on occasion. I just saw it as an opportunity to promote what I do because I’m a self absorbed wanksplat.
– I suspect Gareth has been known to grace these pages, which is were his podcasts were first given an airing, and that he is the same Gareth that sits in front of Sixer in the East stand
It’s a bit of a harsh stereotype there like. I’m sure there are a few pretentious bloggers out there but speaking for myself I don’t feel important or clever or more qualified in anyway just because I write a few blogs. I wouldn’t say it has any bearing on my social life either.
Its a hobby. I hate soaps so it’s class for passing the time when the lass is cabbaged on the sofa.
Keep on blogging, Gary. Some of us do it as if it earned us a living.
No great insights, then, but crumbs of food for thought. We’d let you know the name of the new graphics man except that Jake – who many readers and your editor, incidentally, think is brilliant – would go for aggravated damages.
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