This time last year, like many other Leeds fans, I found myself spending countless hours bemoaning performances and crucifying Ken Bates, but then on New Year’s Day, things changed. ‘Blogger’ offered me an opportunity; a chance to take up my own self-righteous pedestal in cyberspace, and so the embryonic ‘Fear and Loathing in LS11’ took to life.
Ten and a half months later and with both my post count and visitor numbers far exceeding expectations, I returned to the mechanism of the Blogger theme editor in an effort to negotiate better conditions; drop down menus and a more sophisticated graphical interface is all I asked for, but they couldn’t oblige. Feeling underwhelmed by the lack of vision and ambition on offer, I’ve found myself with no option but to find pastures new, while acknowledging the deep gratitude I feel for those who supported me during my brief and happy spell there.
Now I have a new spiritual home, the plush modern layout and expansive menu choices on offer, a stark contrast to the archaic facilities of before; it’s like my very own East Stand box, except that everyone’s welcome, it’s free to experience and there’ll be no membership checks upon entry.
For those of you familiar with the old site, rest assured that the more sophisticated surroundings are unlikely to be reflected in the quality of writing or other features. To everyone else, welcome along!
As for what’s on offer? Well if you embrace match reports that often go off on tangents, regularly neglecting to touch upon anything other than the most fundamental events of the game, there may be something of interest within. If not, I can also offer occasional features that tend to dip their toes both in the waters of genuine enthusiasm and facetiousness; all sorts of moronic Photoshop creations, and even (every now and then) the odd, serious, indignant comment piece.
I recently heard a quote, I really liked; it was that “blogging is not writing. It’s just graffiti with punctuation” – if that is the case, don’t expecting to discover the new Banksy here. However, in the future, should people keep visiting in good numbers, there might just possibly be odd proper piece by far more bona fide and talented writers than I to enjoy…trust me, it might just happen!
For now though, I hope you take some time out to have a look around and that you like what you see. Any comments, feedback, constructive criticism…or outright abuse are all welcome.
Finally, I leave you with a word of warning; anyone whose sympathies continue to lie with Ken Bates, may want to look away now.