2011: What to Expect from MBN

You are looking live...well, not really.

The 2011 season is upon us! There are a million things that we could talk about, and we'll get to them, but first I thought it would be a good idea for me to break down what you, the reader, can expect from me and this website over the course of the next 3 months.

First of all, the most basic function of a blog is to talk about stuff. We'll be doing a lot of that. We'll be breaking down upcoming games from both a statistical perspective, and a more general position-by-position perspective. Game previews can and will be posted at any time during the week of a game. I'll try and get them posted as early in the week as possible, but sometimes things can get in the way of that.

The week of a game is filled with news and stories pertaining to that week's game. For example, this week we're awaiting the 2-deep depth chart from Brady Hoke. We're also awaiting an injury report...not that there should be any surprises. Press conference notes, player notes, practice notes...all of those things are typical fodder for a blog, like mine, during the season.

You can also expect an opinionated, but thorough breakdown of each game, typically within a reasonable amount of time after the game is over. I'm not saying the day of, but within 48 hours we'll try and have a full breakdown of the game posted. We will probably bring you an "instant analysis" of each game posted shortly after each game ends.

Now for the fun stuff.

For fans looking for a more real-time approach to blogging, I'll be doing liveblogs during each game, like we did a few times last year. We use a great service called Cover It Live. This is a great way to interact with not only me, but other readers of MBN while games are going on. It's a pretty simple format. I moderate comments, chime in as much as I can, and generally provide the perspective of a hardcore blogger. But a liveblog is all about fan interaction. So to get in on the action, just check out our home page the hours leading up to kickoff, or at any time right before or during the game.

The liveblog will launch about 30 minutes before kickoff.

I'll be covering home games this year from the stadium, so my goal is to provide as much content from gameday as possible. I'll be taking pictures all day long, from down on the field before the game to the post-game press conference. But during the game, I'll be in the pressbox with my laptop, blogging about the game, posting pictures to my Flickr page and the blog, Twittering, and posting content and updates to our Facebook page.

So as you can tell, a Michigan home game has become much more of a working event now, rather than just being able to sit back on my couch at home enjoying my favorite team. But I love being able to do this, and I love being able to share it with other fans.

Of course our goal is to provide the best free content possible for Michigan fans. It's truly a labor of love, and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else on a fall Saturday afternoon (don't tell my wife that!). But the real payoff for me is getting as much fan interaction as possible. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and if you're a photog like myself...check me out on Flickr.

There are also a few other Michigan bloggers up in the pressbox as well who you should follow. MGoBlog's newest recruiting ninja, Ace Anbender, formerly of The Wolverine Blog will be up there. Greg Dooley from MVictors. Tim Sullivan, formerly of Varsity Blue, then MGoBlog, and now The Wolverine. Phil from UMGoBlue.com. And Bob from Big House Blog. If I forgot anyone, let me know.

So with no further adieu, let the season...and the madness, begin! Go Blue!

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