As part of our anniversary series I present a brief history of The Gally Blog
As is often the case with bloggers, I fight with insomnia. Combine that with the fact that I was/am a trained chef and bartender, and I wasn’t on a schedule conducive to a normal life. To combat my crushing 4am boredom I started this humble site with a series or nonsensical rambling posts. To be more factual, I started a free site on WordPress. In the beginning there were far less abortion jokes and the scope of the site was an anything goes, with an emphasis on video games, comics and sports. I wasn’t a good writer back then, and I’m probably not now but I was full of optimism and ideas.
I integrated myself with the Phoenix Pub group of blogs and started to get some pageviews without any major whoring. I used to write 4-7 articles a day, but was unable to keep up the pace. Through a little black magic and luck, Gimp came aboard the site. Soon after it was Logic’s turn to join the fun. Not long after that came my favorite post of all time, the interview with Tiger Woods. I had submitted it to Style Points as it was more their kind of thing, but they didn’t even bother to give me a rejection letter so I tightened it up and put it up here. The “interview” painted a picture of Tiger as a crazed sexual deviant, months before that turned out to be the case. It was also the first time we did something satirical and/or offensive.
Logic took that offensive ball and ran with it, creating the Using Logic series. It was soon after that we were FJM’d for, as far as I can tell, the only time and that we made friends with Josh Zerkle/Monday Morning Punter. Having a high up friend was quite valuable for us as we’d get linked without resorting to begging sites to link us. Things were great and the lovely Berstreet/Amber Jones came on board. Football season was starting and we held a blogger “all star” Fantasy Football league. Much shit talking ensued, and yes Andrew Bucholtz, I still owe you your victory post.
The Morning After Pill became part of the rotation and though it tired me out writing them at 4am 5 days a week, they were great fun. Continuing satire, with an idea from Logic, we did a Comedy Central roast of Brett Favre, and more interviews, both real and made up.
Things were looking up and then Amber left us and things got dark for a while. But hey, people like video of chicks boxing in roller skates. With the Super Bowl coming up, I reached out to all of Blogfrica and got their predictions for the Super Bowl. This has been our most popular post to date and has several thousand page views.
A new writer joined the site, Ryan Kidd Bidwell. Sadly, he took his life before his first post got published. In a show of support, Logic finished that article and we published it, and his best friend read it and another draft he was working on at his funeral.
Around this time noted internet commenter White Speed Receiver, less noted commenter but funny guy Chubs K Gun and good writer who doesn’t think he’s funny PJD all joined up at the site. K Gun started a series of FJM style take downs of Erie columnist John Dudley, which have been greatly received if not greatly viewed. He also does posts that are lists….
Hearing that Nomar Garciaparra signed a one day contract so that he could retire as a Red Sox member, I thought it would be funny if I did the same. Apparently it was not funny and my idea of satire went completely above most peoples heads or perhaps below their knees. White Speed Receiver, though not always around had his first hit. He previewed the Western conference playoffs in the NHL. Except he interviewed Weed Vs. Speed and they talked about the Minnesota Wilds chances of winning it all, even though they didn’t make the playoffs.
Nonpopulist came on recently and fits well into the long term plans of this place. Though he’s fairly new, he did give us a great take on the Lawrence Taylor situation. It’s a must read. Finally, PJD wrote the piece that just wont stop getting page views. He wrote a story detailing the fact that Percy Harvin was the inside man feeding Peter King the info about Favre retiring. It also contained inside info on the Wrangler situation and the pants on the ground fiasco.
That essentially brings us today. I’m not much of a writer anymore, but rather a blog manager who managed to surround himself with a talented writing crew. I do hope to get back into the writing, but we have so much stuff going on behind the scenes that I fear it will be a while. For anyone who’s made it this far, I want to thank my writing crew past and present. You guys are awesome. I would also like to thanks some of our supporters: The Phoenix Pub and its Editors, Josh Zerkle and With Leather, Matt Ufford as well as most of the KSK crew, Weed Vs. Speed and The Sportress of Blogitude, the Avoiding the Drop crew especially Two Yellows, Amber Jones, Daddys Sugar Ball and a few other sites. Lastly, I want to thank you the readers for your continued patronage. It will be rewarded.