It really disappointed me today when, on the second most important day of the world's most important tennis tournament, I realized that the Slate.com Wimbledon live blog had not been updated since June 28 (that's nearly a week and a half ago). "Blogging Wimbledon" was an impressive promise by Troy Patterson of Slate.com to live blog every minute and every point of Wimbledon - all 13 days of it. Patterson got through five days before giving up.
I understand that watching, let alone writing about, 13 straight days of tennis can be difficult, but if Mr. Patterson didn't think he'd be able to do it all, why even start in the first place? Now he just looks like a foolish quitter. The least he could do is take a break for a few days, then start blogging again during the men's and women's semifinals. Tennis really is a perfect sport to be written about. There's drama, a tremendous amount of athleticism, and a lot of downtime. I was really looking forward to reading Patterson's blog, but I guess that just won't be happening.
On a positive note, Rafael Nadal, the second-seeded player in the men's tournament, continued his tradition of blogging from each Grand Slam. Nadal's blog is always such a fun read because he doesn't speak English very well, and he doesn't detail his tennis play very often (other than just naming who he's playing in the next round). If he's not writing about tennis, there's really not much else to write about except..well..eating cereal in the morning:
I woke up, really woke up at 8.15 and went downstairs for breakfast. Since that other day that the milk was bad, I am very careful and double check it is good. I had a big bowl of cereals with milk mixed with chocolate.
This is the kind of stuff I love reading about, because sometimes even the most minute details of a person's life can be more interesting than a broad overview of a sporting event. There are so many blogs online nowadays (this one included), that every blog needs some sort of competitive advantage to make it stand out. Patterson's Wimbledon live blog would have been such an advantage, had he not given up early. Nadal's daily blog is perfect.