Well, I assume that you’ve noticed that Iditablog has been slow this year.
We knew going into this season that everyone on the Iditablog team was going to be stretched, but soon after the start it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to produce the quality product you’ve come to expect after the last 7 years. As Founder and Editor-In-Chief, I take responsibility for everything that goes up on the site and ensuring we have the systems in place to cover the race properly. All of the leadership team has been uniquely unavailable this year for various reasons, and while normally I’d personally step it up in that situation, it’s my schedule which has been the most stressed and as a result, had the greatest impact on Iditablog. I usually make major adjustments to my “regular life” each March, devoting time to traveling, following the race, reading updates, analyzing the stats, composing coverage, and then recording podcasts. Early this week it became clear that the type of time commitment needed simply wasn’t going to be an option this time around. As a result, it’s been a very weird week.
After deciding that mediocre and unresearched blog posts weren’t something I was interested in posting, I’ve been reflecting and thinking a lot about the site. The Iditarod coverage landscape has changed dramatically since we started in 2005, those of you who followed the race back then remember being primarily limited to ADN.com and the official coverage on the former CabelasIditarod site. In the last 8 years other blogs have come and gone, however, recently the amount of voices has increased significantly. While it’s important to acknowledge that Iditablog isn’t the vital alternative to mainstream coverage we once were and there is so much great content out there, I also remain convinced that our perspective is an important one (and you seem to agree, our web traffic has grown dramatically every season, with well over a million hits each of the last few years). Even though the 2013 race is far from over, I’ve been stewing on some ideas for Iditablog 2014 that I think will be another major game changer for how fans experience the Iditarod. Ideas I wish I had about 9 months ago and could have implemented for this year.
So, all that to say, I’m sorry we haven’t been on top of the 2013 race, but don’t delete us from your bookmarks just yet. We’ll try and get the crew together for another podcast or two on the tail side of this year’s race and I’m anticipating a huge overhaul for 2014 that you won’t want to miss.
Thanks so much everyone, your enthusiasm for the race is what has kept us going all these years, and will be pushing us into an exciting future.