It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote about wrestling here. Nine months, in fact. To be truthful, that’s not due to any lack of interest in my part (though it does get wearisome sometimes I keep on watching each and every week, and I’ve even been to a couple of live shows in the past six months) yet when I look at how this site has evolved over time, writing about wrestling here doesn’t seem, well, appropriate.
Not in any negative sense, mind you. It’s just that wrestling — the cult of wrestling — is a very specialist subject, with a lot of obscure references, inside talk and lingo which can be alienating to outsiders. If all of a sudden I started peppering my writing here with terms like ‘spot‘ or ‘shoot‘ or ‘angle‘ or ‘kayfabe‘, you wouldn’t have a clue what I was on about, would you?
The very notion clashes with the ‘general interest’ nature of most everything else I write about or link to. As a consequence of that I refrained from writing about a subject that’s very important to me; refrained from writing about it on my own weblog. Which is a crying shame, because nothing should stop me from writing about it. And writing about it is something I want to do now more than I have in quite a while. (Lord knows I scream at the TV enough when it’s on, so I must have a fair bit to get off my chest.)
So I’ve decided to embark on an experiment. More than a little encouraged by Jeffrey Zeldman’s words (not to mention the realisation that Blogspot isn’t the ghetto it used to be) I went back to Blogger and set up a brand new weblog.
It’s called The Irish Whip, and it’s dedicated exclusively to the ins and outs of professional wrestling from my own personal perspective. It’s about time my wrestling fan alter-ego had a home of his own; The Irish Whip is it.
And being a standalone site, it’ll also give me the space to speak with a different voice, to write with a different style, to be more irreverent, to shoot from the hip, without being overshadowed or unduly influenced by my writing and other work on this site.
I’ll be writing at The Irish Whip in parallel to this site, posting anything wrestling-related that gets my attention — but my two web guises won’t be mutually exclusive, and I hope to cross-post here on occasion when something noteworthy crops up.
I’m also hoping that the exercise will free me from my (admittedly self-imposed) shackles and the quasi-embarrassment of being a wrestling fan, while at the same time getting me to write more regularly — and punchier, too.
To get a feel for the new blog you can read the first entry, Why I’m Still A Fan. If you’re a wrestling fan like I am, go ahead and check it out. If not, then that’s your loss.