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Sep 23

Jerryd Bayless Is Just Your Average Blogger

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, JerrydBayless, 2010trainingcamp
Jerryd Bayless started blogging for the same reason most do: he had some thoughts he just had to get off his chest. In fact, he said as much in his introductory post.

"Writing has always been a way for me to get things off my chest," Bayless wrote in his first post in November of 2009. "Growing up English would be the one class I looked forward to because it would allow me to share my thoughts about things that I had kept inside. This is exactly why I have decided to do this blog."

Which he did, to a certain extent, but the topics that Bayless was feeling the most pent-up frustration over, things like playing time and the perception he was a malcontent, went unaddressed. He, unlike many bloggers, was wise enough to realize that some things are better left unwritten.

"Before I was kind of wrapped up tight and I wanted to put my thoughts up (on the blog)," said Bayless. "I never even did that really. I never put it out there, a lot of things that sometimes I was thinking through the season or what was really going on. It was being caught up in the moment with that. It was one thing but it's totally changed into a different thing."

What it's turned into is a place where Bayless can shed some light on his life outside of basketball, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. You can watch Bayless play and get a pretty good sense of who he is as a basketball player, but the general public has few chances to find out who Bayless is off the court. So by glossing over most of his work life and focusing his blog more on his world outside of hoops, Bayless' blog becomes more useful to both he and his readers.

"At first I was looking to do it for a different reason," said Bayless. "That's when I think my head was in a different place with a lot of different things. Now, I try to stay away from basketball most of the time.  Here and there I may say one thing. I talked about being ready for this upcoming season for a little bit, but then I went to to talking about a friend who is starting up a clothing thing. Basketball is the thing I try to stay away from the most in the blog. I do it now to talk about different world situations. I talked about the anniversary of Katrina the other day. It's whatever is on my mind."

He doesn't blog enough to garner a huge following (hint, hint), which is fine considering he's not in it for the page views or the brand recognition. Nevertheless, Bayless still finds that despite very little promotion (he posts links on his twitter page and that's about it) the blog is often a topic of conversation with fans in and outside of Portland.

"People around the country read this blog," said Bayless, "so when we go to different cities when we're signing autographs, people ask me about the blog more than the game. It's definitely done well, a lot better than I ever would have thought."

4 Comments

  1. Get your ball on JBAY. Control what you can control. Let your game be the ultimate blog. The arrival of the Hater is inevitable, and quite necessary to evolve. Sometimes what we do speaks so loudly , what we say, cannot be heard. Play your game, add to it, but play your game.

    by commontongue on 9/23/2010 6:13 PM
  2. Casey, I think you're rad.

    by Dan Harbison on 9/24/2010 12:58 PM
  3. I'm sick of making accounts to say my two cents on the million of social-media platforms out there, so i'm pasting it here!

    To Bayless:
    Casey keeps plugging your blog so how can I not make a post. Hope you keep up the hard work on the floor as well as off it, I liked the 360 typo because it lets us know you do your own editing and P.R....maybe you should help out Rudy with that....

    Not only are you saying all the right things, but Pendergraph is saying what we as rabid fans want to hear about you, that you are working on your jumpshot and pass-first mentality in the offseason. You know we have no reason to complain about any other aspect of your game at this point in your career, so we can feel even more optimistic about your future heading into another great season.

    by Crim on 9/25/2010 1:21 PM
  4. Dan: You're a liar.

    by caseyholdahl on 9/27/2010 3:02 PM
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