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Red Sox podcast Episode #3 at MVN

Paul and I recorded episode 3 of  our Fireside Chats Red Sox podcast at MVN last night.  If you want to check it out here’s the link and the audio is embedded below.

I also completed my Wisdom of Crowds Red Sox 2008 player projections.  The results and my thoughts can be found on MVN as well.

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What I’ve been up to while I haven’t been blogging (here)

So it feels like forever since I’ve had a chance to just sit down and write about what I’ve been up to.  I think that is primarily because, I’ve been up to alot.  Between work all the drama that has surrounded CNET these days, it has been relatively draining keeping ahead of the game there.  But the last thing I want to catch up on and spend weekend time thinking of is more work!!

Outside of work, I’ve been spending a significant amount of time helping out at MVN (http://www.mvn.com). Not only have I been writing about the Red Sox at Fire Brand of the American League, MVN’s Red Sox coverage, but I have also been reading every post that comes through the MLB section of MVN and editing the MLB front door on a daily basis.

Every morning I read through the 25 or so posts that were made since I last updated the door and choose the best five or six posts.  From there, I look for Creative Commons ok photos that match those stories at Flickr or through MVN’s subscription at ICON SMI (http://www.iconsmi.com).  After resizing the image and writing the headline, lead, and teaser for the featured article, I choose two more stories to run in the subhighlight section.

I’ve really enjoyed this process as it gives me the opportunity to read some great baseball writing as well as hone my craft as a writer by forcing me to look for great writing and discern the good from the great.  It also keeps me up to speed with all things baseball.  I wish I had time to read and be active with every baseball blog out there (at least the top three to five for each team.  I really like the concept of the editorial layer on top of a blog network.

I have also enjoyed my own writing at MVN’s Red Sox coverage (http://www.mvn.com/mlb-redsox).  While I absolutely miss writing this all for myself at the Red Sox Times (http://www.redsoxtimes.com), I couldn’t keep up with the comprehensive level of coverage I expected out of myself.  Between game threads, recaps, analysis, breaking news, etc.  I couldn’t be everywhere at once.

I do still hold a dream of turning the Red Sox Times into an editorially managed “best of Red Sox blogs” print and online publication.  But I really haven’t had the time to pull it all together.

I also have a new project, a Red Sox podcast.  My first episode is live at MVN and can also be listened to here:

or at Red Sox Radio (currently at http://redsoxradio.wordpress.com until I get things set up at http://www.redsoxradio.net which I recently purchased).

Podcasting is a thrill.  It really is a craft that I think I can master and I look forward to the challenge.  As my cohost Paul said at the end of our first episode quoting Craig Kilborn’s wise words at the end of the first airing of the Daily Show, “we’ll get better.”

I’ll certainly try and update here more often (when I am not screwing around with tumblr, friendfeed and all the other ways that I can communicate with the Interwebs).

New post up at MVN.com’s UConn beat

I’ve been writing about UConn over at MVN.com’s UConn blog, Husky Connection.  Here’s a teaser for the March Madness preview that I wrote that will appear in the upcoming March issue of Roster Magazine as well as on MVN.

Editor’s Note: The following article will appear in the March Issue of Roster Magazine as well as MVN’s Basketball U column.

Connecticut Huskies
21-5 (10-3 Big East)
RPI: #11
Projected Seed: #2-4

Seed Explanation
Sitting at 11-5 and 2-3 in the Big East on January 17th after a home loss to Providence, UConn fans were more often left with thoughts of how they stacked up against other potential bubble teams than how they stacked up against the nation’s best. But a ten game winning streak including wins against four top twenty-five ranked teams (Marquette, @Indiana, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame) change all that.

Now sitting a only ½ game back of Georgetown and Louisville in the conference, the Huskies look to take advantage of a stretch run of five conference opponents with a combined Big East record of 27-40 as the make a serious bid at the regular season Big East crown and the #1 seed in Madison Square Garden where past national champion UConn teams have begun their run.

With a strong overall schedule (SOS: #11), a Husky regular season and Big East tournament championship could easily mean a #2 seed (from where Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor led the Huskies to their last national title.

Looking at the upcoming schedule and the possibility of returning Jerome Dyson to the lineup for the stretch run, it is hard to foresee the Huskies slipping below a #4 seed in the dance without a meltdown of catastrophic proportions.

You can read the rest here: Husky Connection at MVN

Tim Daloisio: Media Mogul

The Daloisio Express is off and rolling! I’ve got new posts up at MVN’s Red Sox and UConn blogs as well as an online radio show appearance booked for tomorrow night.

– Fire Brand of the American League: 2008 Red Sox Bullpen: For Better or Worse
– Husky Connection: It’s all about tempo and we’ve got Tha-beet

    My Husky column is currently being featured on the front page of MVN’s NCAA section.

    I’ll be speaking with the hosts of “On the Field with Colin and Durden” over at BlogTalkRadio live tomorrow at 9:55 pm. You can find the link here to listen live or to hit up the archive of the event the following morning.

    Obama “Yes We Can” Lyrics get my blog hopping

    Obama Yes We Can search

    The interest in Will.i.am’s remix of Barack Obama’s speech after the New Hampshire primaries has drifted well into the “Scattered Brilliance” domain.  I am currently ranked #4 on google search results for combinations of [Obama yes we can lyrics] pointing to this post from last week.

    As you can see in the graph below, traffic to this post has been high and is growing.  All of this traffic is coming from organic searches for the text of Obama’s speech that the song was set to.

    Outside of knowing that people would be searching for these lyrics, because that’s one of the first things I did, and knowing that wordpress posts rank disproportionately high in Google’s algorithm, primarily due to page title and meta data from the post title itself, I didn’t do much to SEO this post.

    It makes you think how blogs have changed the currency of search results.

    New post up at MVN.com

    My analysis of the 2008 Red Sox starting rotation is up and can be found at MVN’s Fire Brand of the American League.  I must say that even with Curt Schilling’s injury, I think this team is, as currently constituted, very similar to last year’s rotation.  But I also fully expect them to be active in making a move to upgrade the “Tavarez” spot in the rotation and/or give Clay Buchholz a little more time off than he might currently be allowed.

    Husky Connection

    I’ve decided to extend my blogging at MVN past just Red Sox coverage and am going to try my hand once a week or so at blogging UCONN basketball at their Huskies blog Husky Connection.

    I’ve also added an RSS widget to the sidebar all the way to the right here pointing to my MVN writings for both the Red Sox and Huskies.