But at the end of the day, the comment tally was relatively insignificant.
Why is that?
I'm not whining...just wondering. I admit I'm a bit of a comment hag. I tend to leave a note pretty much everywhere...mostly to acknowledge that someone took the time to type something up and then put it out there for anyone who stops by to read and hopefully enjoy...for free.
And I like getting comments. I like knowing if someone actually took the time to read what was written and then said something about it - what they thought about it...how it made them feel...how it made them not feel...if they hated it...anything.
Believe me when I say I'm not just looking for hand jobs all round --- know that probably sounds sexist, but it was the most heard congratulatory statement in the writing rooms I've been a part of...after a story was broken or a network note addressed or some other so called writing victory...even in the story departments populated with women. It was easier to say than fellatio or cunnilingus all round...and more fun to say than good job everyone! 'Hand jobs all round!' But I digress...
I realize a lot of people check blogs from work and may not have time to read entire post or aren't able to put together a thoughtful or meaningful comment. And I realize now that a lot of people must just be 'clicking' - from site to site...story to story...blog to blog...letting the information sweep over them but not necessarily engaging with it. Or just killing time before heading back to the porn fields. Who knows....
Hey, I know people shouldn't be forced to comment, but I do know that most writers out there would REALLY appreciate it...
In other news, following up on the streaming revenue and impending reduction of sales of US product to Canadian television stations issue that was raised in the guest post - first there's this USA Today article, and then this article about what the NFL is starting to do...
And then this article...
NFL Goes Long: Global TV Loses, Internet Scores
by David Goetzl, Monday, Sep 11, 2006 8:47 AM ET
FINDING NEW REVENUE STREAMS ABROAD is a top priority for the already cash-flush NFL. That's why the league is bypassing country-by-country TV distribution deals and making its games accessible to billions--on the Internet.
A new deal, which kicked off yesterday, makes NFL games available live outside North America for a fee on Yahoo.
In addition to possibly generating new fans and revenues from countries such as China and India, the move dovetails with another league goal: exploiting new-media opportunities. It's the first time the full NFL season will be accessible via the Web.
In addition to broadband, the NFL has moved aggressively into the mobile-phone and satellite-radio arenas.
The Yahoo deal allows the NFL to reach fans worldwide without enduring the tedious and potentially contentious process of cutting TV deals with cable and satellite operators in individual countries.
Consumers can view games via the subscription service for $24.99 a week, or $249.99 for the full 17-week season. "NFL Game Pass" games will be available on-demand for up to 24 hours following their conclusion.
One catch: the subscription fees may be pricey for those in lower economic strata in China and India. Given that reality, the NFL may favor consumers in wealthier European countries and Japan, rather than emerging markets. Of course, ex-pats are also targets. The league is always loath to distribute its content for bargain-basement prices.
"We are pleased to offer NFL fans around the world an innovative way to watch NFL games," says Brian Rolapp, the NFL's vice president of media strategy. "The NFL is committed to taking advantage of new technologies to bring more value to our fans everywhere. Yahoo's proven leadership in technology makes them an ideal partner for a product like 'Game Pass.'"
International Yahoo and NFL Web sites and other properties will promote the service.
It's already happening Reg...it's already happening.