The Guardian, Twitter and World Cup

A few weeks back I applied to be part of the Guardian newspapers Fans Network for the World Cup. And I have been accepted – yay! This means I get a 98 page booklet posted out to me, or something like that, and my WC tweets and blog posts highlighted. They want global content, photos and snippets of info, and I am sure I can produce on all three counts. The quality of my ‘producings’ is another matter. Hopefully I can churn out something worthy. There may, possibly, or so they say, be the opportunity to write paid content. I like the word ‘paid’. Crossed fingers…

Anyway, it’s a good time to point any footy fans out there the way of the Guardian. Seeing as they’ve already accepted my application and I can’t be accused of brown nosing. It’s a good paper, and their online version is the best of the UK bunch. The James Richardson podcast, Football Weekly, is also the best footy podcast by a mile – footy needs some adult humour, and they provide buckets of it. They cover English football primarily of course, but there’s plenty on La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and more. I’m sure they’ll be covering the World Cup itself with enthusiasm.

I’ve also reinvented my Twitter account. I’ve had it for yonks and never really known what to do with it. In the end I set it up to pump out links to my blog posts to a few hundred Mexico based people, and then largely ignored it. But now I know what to do with it. I don’t have time to do any full on new blogs, but I’d like an outlet for my thought on football. And now I have it. I’ve deleted all my Twitter contacts (sorry if that’s you!) and set it up anew. Feel free to add me. I have no friends. My Twitter is lonely. My profile is here.

4 thoughts on “The Guardian, Twitter and World Cup

  1. That’s great news for you! Hopefully the word “paid” remains in your vocab. I would befriend you on twitter, but I don’t have an account. I’m not sure anyone is interested on what my kitty ate for lunch today, or much less..what I ate for lunch today (the kitty has at least the cute factor going for it). Nevertheless I shall give your twitter a look-see every now and then. Keep it interesting!

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! I assume by ‘global content’, the Guardian is looking for your insight into the Mexican National team.

    These are heady times for the MNT. The European call ups, the Blanco saga, the Castillo saga, who is on the bubble, who is injured, the upcoming England match, etc…

    You can get the early scoop being located at ground zero as it takes a while for info to flow out of Mexico. For example, I just found out that Miguel Sabah has been scratched from the WC lineup due to an injury suffered in practice. Found that out yesterday whilst munching on tacos al carbon at my local taqueria. It happened a week ago. I am willing to bet you heard it the night it happened.

    Looking forward to your soccer insight here. Uncovering the mysteries and idiosyncrasies of the MNT. Your first challenge: why does Torrado wear so much sunscreen that his nickname in certain circles is ‘payaso’?

    All in good fun.

    Michael

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    1. Yeah, the Sabah story was all over the front pages a while back. I don’t think he’d have made the final cut of 23 anyway though.

      As for Torrado…he just needs the white and black striped shirt and he can start a new career as a mime artist.

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