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Um, hi

So, you may or may not have noticed … but it appears my last blog got hacked. After spending way too much time trying to clean all that up I, well, I started wondering very seriously why I was working so hard to get that cleaned up.

Folks, I love this blog. I love you Brilliant Readers. But this thing has become a bear. You may have noticed that I already write quite a lot. And I simply do not have time to deal with blog maintenance, spam elimination, comment monitoring and all that. Especially when everything is already going up here at my Sports Illustrated Blog.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’ve started this blogspot blog. Here is the direct link. I’m hoping to get the old address to redirect. And what I hope to do is still write here, link to my Sports Illustrated posts so that we can keep the conversation going, and I can use this for goofy posts that don’t belong anywhere else, for interactive stuff, for polls, for naked self promotion and so on and so forth. I’m sure this thing will build up as we go.

I appreciate that this may not be the perfect solution … but it’s the best I have right now.

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37 Responses to Um, hi

  1. Monty says:

    Any chance the old blog will be archived?

    Just dumb your other one got hacked. What’s the point of that?

  2. Daniel says:

    Joe, you can’t disappoint us, don’t worry. As long as we have access to your SI blog with a simple click, get to read about your 32 favorite candy bars or something of the sort, we’re all happy. And don’t forget to buy a copy of The Machine! (it comes out on paperback soon right? haha). Thanks for everything, the post are always wonderful.

  3. odessasteps says:

    what about mrs joe’s blog?

  4. wm says:

    we’re with you, joseph. really do appreciate all the hard work. i can tell it’s been a rough day.

    means a lot that you care about it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those bastards…

  6. Karim Renno says:

    As long as you keep sharing your thoughts Joe, we’re happy.

  7. BMFS says:

    Who the heck would hijack the JoeBlog? Musta been one of those computers with a mind of its own that Joe Morgan is always talking about.

  8. Caryn says:

    Joe: get some interns. There is no doubt there are dozens of highly qualified college types or others who would gladly take care of things like spam moderation for that line on their resume.

    Spammers regularly attempt to hijack blogs to make money off of SEO. They could have found a backdoor in from another blog on the same server Joe’s old blog was on. Big reason for super-secure passwords on your blogs.

  9. Jeff Polman says:

    Tell me who hacked you and I’ll have Luca Brasi pay them a visit.

  10. Spud says:

    Yeah, I got a little malware surprise, but I think the virus police took care of it.

    I blame Enzo Hernandez.

  11. Grace H. says:

    Even though all scans (hijack this, malware bytes, avast) have come up clean, I’ve had two hacks as of late (twitter, an old gmail account, so I feel you. I’ll update my bookmarks accordingly.

    Good luck.

  12. B.E. Earl says:

    Yeah, my virus software caught it. Sucks that it happened, but good luck here on Blogger.

  13. Paul Franz says:

    Welcome to Blogger, Joe!

  14. James says:

    This is infuriating to me. What am I going to do without the archives?

  15. matt says:

    I suspect that it was the anti-WAR movement.

  16. Bryan says:

    If you do want some free technical help resurrecting the archives, I’d be happy to take a peek for you. My email is my full name, Bryan Adams (yes, that), then the “at” sign, then gmail then dot com.

  17. Charlie says:

    hire me!
    hang in there.

  18. CWK says:

    I’m just happy you’re still here.

  19. Mark says:

    Joe, I started over at The Soul of Baseball, followed you to the next one, will follow you here. And you must realize that most of us would follow you wherever you ended up. But hey, maybe you’ll lose some of those few not-BRs who show up just to be trolls — so there could be an upside.

  20. Michael says:

    Joe, you’re way too talented a writer to waste your time with blog and website maintenance. If blogspot makes running things easier, then I’m sure all us fans will happily adjust.

  21. Poseur says:

    I blame Skip Bayless.

  22. lisa says:

    hi joe!!!

    akismet works VERY well for anti-spam. have used it at my own blog for over 6 years and so far (knock wood) no problems.

    i want to say how much i admire you for always finding SOMEthing to write about and to say it well and make even boring stuff like football seem interesting. i haven’t been writing even 1/3 as long as you and yet i find myself LOOKING for something to write about that is not the same old thing. (yes i AM female. really.)

  23. Pokey-Joe says:

    I think you should hire an intern. Then, after the blog is cleaned up, you can perform some experiments involving a large rubber ball and a drum of oil. I see great possibilities…

    I started reading your work for the Star (go Chiefs!) and then found your blog in 2006. I will find you. Just stay alive. I WILL find you.

  24. I’m a moron so I don’t even really know what this means. When someone gets hacked, does that mean that someone else took over the blog and posted stuff pretending to be Joe or something? What happened to the blog specifically?

    Until someone tells me otherwise, I’ll use this as another reason to be mad at Lebron (being from Cleveland and all).

  25. ilroyalfan says:

    Hey Joe,

    Haven’t clicked on the blog for a few days, so I was surprised. As all the other BRs have said, I will definitely follow you. Always an interesting read, and well worth the time to find it.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thoroughly confused by this “Comment As” thing.

    Then again I am unbelievably lazy and can’t take 20 seconds to figure out anything online. It’s undoubtedly really simple.

    Anyway, just glad you’re not giving up on the blog entirely. And the intern idea is a pretty good one. Just sayin…..

  27. Anonymous says:

    There’s a suspicious side of me that wonders if someone at Sports Illustrated hacked Joe’s blog, to make Joe speed up the process of moving more of his sports blogging to the SI site.

    Of course I don’t really believe that, but the timing of the hack, right when Joe had recently questioned his ability to keep up the separate blog, does give rise to suspicious ideas. Anyway, we’re all just sad the old blog is gone and wondering how the new set-up will turn out. Good luck Joe!

  28. David in Toledo says:

    Wherever you go, Joe, we will follow.

  29. MonkeyHawk says:

    You got hacked?

    And did something about it?!

    Where am I gonna get my spam that introduces me to underage transvestite sheep now?

  30. John in Philly says:

    Blech. As somebody who has dealt with hackers… well, OK – I’ll keep it clean and avoid giving my thoughts there.

    I looks forward to continuing the awesome discussions that follow the spectacular posts.


  31. Anonymous says:

    It’s not you, it’s me.

  32. Anonymous says:

    It’s not me, it’s you.

  33. Nevada Scribbler says:

    Will you tease your SI blog when you put up a new poll or “goofy” post? Because if it would help take a load off I would be happy to bookmark your SI blog. I mean, it’s basically the same thing.
    Maybe we BRs could add to the discussion over there.

  34. David in NYC says:

    @Nevada —

    Don’t know if you’ve ever seen the comments over at the SI site, but trust me, BR here and SI commenter there… well, I was going to say apples vs. oranges, but it’s really more like people who can write and think vs. monkeys who enjoy flinging their feces at the public (my apologies to any BRs who have commented at SI, but I think you already know what I mean).

  35. Anonymous says:

    Just an alert: I was able to vote twice on the poll. Go Sleepability.

  36. Ed says:

    It’s Alive! (Phew!)

    Thanks for putting in the effort to keep the Blog going.

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