Final WordsBy: Bruno Romani | February 5th, 2009
February has started and the Brazilian season as well, so I felt it was about time to come here and write my final words in this blog. Yes, final. After covering almost 2 entire Brazilian seasons – the many state championships, Copa do Brasil, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sulamericana, Campeonato Brasileiro, besides the national team and the oddities and curiosities of Brazilian football – it’s time for me to move on.
It’s sad to leave behind a blog which had almost no audience when I started and today has a very decent number of readers. In January, I didn’t post one thing and I still had more than 6 thousand visits. But I have my reasons to move on.
I believe everyone should be rewarded for its hard work. If a person works hard, there should be no reason for one not be rewarded. For 2 years, I posted on this blog pretty much after every match happening in Brazil. Even when I found myself with lots of work to do. I do understand that once you sign up for a Offside, they state very clearly that it’s not a paid position. But, as my “day job” is writing and reporting, my motivation for taking care of this blog started to decrease. I don’t need the “recognition” factor to be my motivation. Every time I get published, the number of people reading me is way bigger than the audience of this blog. And I can’t have this blog just as a hobby otherwise the frequency of posts would reflect that (as you can see with the blogs of the Brazilian clubs). I do believe that the writers of the most popular blogs of The Offside should be rewarded. But we (or they) are not and I have to respect that. This is just their system.
So before I started another season with no motivation, i decided to stop. Just don’t get me wrong here. I did enjoy writing here. But it was time to move on. And I hope what I wrote above explains my move.
I will join another blog. A blog that is smaller and does not have all the “glamor” of the Offside, but a blog that shares my belief that good work should be rewarded. A blog that, as small as it is, has a project. I will join my colleague Ana at the (www.seethecup.com). Everything you got used to reading here you will find there. So I hope to see some of you there.
Thank you again to all readers for the support. You’re amazing. Thank you Bob for giving me the chance to write here. And thanks to all The Offside community.
See you soon.