11 Questions With Gregg Doyel
6. Sports Blogger vs. Sports Coulmnist
Posted On 05.17, 2013
RCS: Because there is a stigma associated with bloggers, one of the challenges for online sports writers is how to be taken seriously. For example, we asked Kevin Blackistone if he was a blogger or a columnist, to which he replied that he was a “sports opinionist.” We asked the same question to Dan Wetzel, and he said didn’t care about labels and didn’t mind people calling him a blogger.
What do you think the difference is between a sports blogger and a sports columnist?
Doyel: At the moment, the difference is the name of your website. Kissing Suzy Kolber is a blog, and if you write for KSK, you're a blogger. CBSSports (or FoxSports) is a news-gathering agency, and if you write opinion pieces for them, you're a columnist. Now then, along comes AOL and I don't know what the hell that is. But the people they hired are columnists. (I don't know Blackistone, but if I ever call myself anything as high-falutin' as a "sports opinionist," please take away my keyboard until I've learned my lesson.)
The bigger question is: Is it an insult to be called a "blogger" if you think of yourself as a "columnist"? Maybe to some people. Maybe now. But the line is blurring, and eventually we might all be considered the same thing. I'm not sure what that thing is, but it better not be "sports opinionists." The day my boss tells me I'm a "sports opinionist" is the day I resign and start to pick up garbage for a living. Assuming I could get that job. That's honorable work, by the way. Seriously.
That's why people tend to like Wetzel more than they like me. He gives the very diplomatic, mature answer: Labels don't matter. Me, I make fun of Blackistone twice. And I love Wetzel.
RCS Interviews Gregg Doyel