Let’s just get one thing clear, neither addictedtofm.com nor BusttheNet are SI affiliate channels. I have applied in the past, but couldn’t make the cut-off date, and I have recently applied again. Yet, one word has been at the back of my mind for the last few weeks. Community.
I have pre-recorded 8 Torino Diary episodes. In episode 7 I will talk about the lack of an FM Community at large and how disparate and divided it seems to be and how I am trying to showcase a few sites. For as long as I can remember I’ve felt compelled to explain the game in terms that people will understand. Sometimes I go all Richard Claydon, and try and craft great tomes, but that requires a certain amount of patience I no longer possess for something that’s merely a hobby. So my content has slowly gone video, its easier to put together, even though it requires more post production than writing. Still, I find something gnawing at the back of my head. What happened to the FM Community, why is the affiliate scheme not working to boost content by people who put in the effort to create well written work based on either information that should be in the manual or original stories that come from the vivid imagination of a person sitting in front of a computer? Yet, we have an FM100 event going on, an event that’s attempting to record a Guinness record for the longest save by a whole bunch of people at a public event. Wow. When that announcement broke on the FM forums I was like..”okay”
So there we have some youtubers and bloggers who are doing their best to create a community that works together to either help others or promote others. It’s this shared desire to express a common love for the game that I have found so endearing, and its that aspect that has encouraged me to spend the better part of my life helping the community. 1992 ->
One of the reasons why I created this site was for me to catalogue all the advice I have given people over the years. Funny thing is it gets repeated too. I have been touched by people who remember things about my Stafford save, a save that I am emotionally still bonded too. Through this site I have hoped to help people where the manual fell short. Along with Cleon, I felt the pair of us together needed to get something done. Well I reckon that thing has been done. A legacy has been created. On this site you will continue to find information about the beautiful game. And, in future, I will continue to showcase stories or maybe even use this forum to collate great sources of content from across the web, including Chris Darwen’s fantastic blog. For now, I am a spent force.
The Torino Diaries will be heading into the last few games and I may continue just talking about them in the future, but from a tactical point of view I don’t think I will be doing any more shows like the Dark Arts. More needs to be done to promote the work of good writers from across the Football Manager world. I don’t need dumbed down content. This does not imply that I will stop playing the game, it’s a game I love, but I just won’t be deciphering and simplifying it for people anymore. This site is privately maintained by me, and will continue to be maintained by me. In the meantime in the halls of justice, I hope you continue to enjoy the content and enjoy the last few episodes of the Torino Diaries. BusttheNet will most likely still be around, but I haven’t decided what shape it will take?
A talkshow perhaps 🙂 I dunno..peace out!