Tenaciously Tennis


A Year in Review: Tenaciously Tennis Turns One

I’m proud to say that my blog, Tenaciously Tennis, is officially a year old  today. What started as a simple project to capture my thoughts and opinions of this great sport has evolved into something much more. With over 4,000 views, almost 200 posts, countless comments, and stories on numerous topics, I’ve had the chance to take my passion for writing and tennis to the next level.

I never thought that I’d become so involved when I began my work for this site. Rather, I figured it would be a semi-fleeting hobby; something to look forward to after reading the latest news online, or watching a tournament. Instead, it’s become much more. I’ve formed a level of commitment to my work for Tenaciously Tennis, which I didn’t at first think remotely possible both to myself and to my readers.

I’m thankful looking back that my original assumption about blogging — it being just a hobby — was incorrect. It’s truly special to not only play, read, and watch a sport as great as tennis, but to also write and offer commentary about the subject. My words have allowed me to create and develop a voice about the sport, something many consumers or enthusiasts may never have the chance to capture in words.

Of course, my love of journalism also feeds into my commitment to Tenaciously Tennis and blogging in general. After taking courses in the subject this semester and being the Associate and News Editor for my school’s independent student newspaper, The Quindecim, I’ve witnessed the ways in which the field of journalism is moving online rapidly. Maintaining this project, therefore, allows me to grapple with the rules of this developing field firsthand. I hope to one day use these experiences as a springboard for a future career, and I feel that I am well on my way.

Something else that strikes me particularly after a year of practicing this form: I’m creating a dialogue with others using this platform’s multimedia technologies. I’m posting my thoughts, allowing for commentary, using video and photographs, hyperlinks, and more. That’s the beauty of the blog in many ways, and I’m excited to explore this further in the years to come.

But, of course, Tenaciously Tennis has also captured my passion and interest for a greater reason than myself and my love for the field. In fact, the reader comes first (as I believe it should for every journalist). A journalist’s job, according to an excerpt from The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, is to give citizens the information they need to be free and self-governing. It’s about integrity to the field and to the people reading the news. It’s not supposed to center on the personal thoughts and feelings of the author. That is not the point of journalism at all.

While Tenaciously Tennis offers my commentary on tennis-related subjects, it’s first duty is to inform. Maybe it’s about helping someone decide whether Roger Federer can improve upon his staggering 16 career major titles, or if Rafael Nadal has the chance to one day become the Greatest of All Time. It could also be whether Serena Williams can overcome and continue winning, or if Caroline Wozniacki’s time has come, and she’s poised to breakthrough for her  first major title. These are all questions I analyze and hope that the reader leaves the site feeling more confident dealing with going forward.

Over the year, I’ve switched websites, tweaked my writing style, and sought to improve post selections to make the website as interesting as possible. It’s been an amazing journey, and one I can’t wait to keep exploring. I welcome any and all suggestions, and I thank you, my readers, for taking the time to read my work. While it’s about my own love for tennis to an extent, it’s truly for you.

Sincerely,

Ben

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  1. Erik G. said,

    Ben,

    Congratulations on your first year anniversary. Great post about how journalism should always be about informing the reader and not always about the writer’s opinion. Looking forward to year two of your site.

    Erik

    • Ben said,

      Erik,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you so much for reading.

      -Ben

  2. Trudy Festinger said,

    Congratulations Ben!

    • Ben said,

      Thank you, Trudy!

  3. JP Mangalindan, writer-reporter said,

    Congrats, Ben!! Can’t wait to see what you cook up for 2011.

    • Ben said,

      Hi JP,

      Thank you for reading! It means a lot.

      -Ben


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