Close of Play!

Around four and a half years ago, I started writing a cricket blog. Only last year, I commenced scripting a football (Soccer) themed alternative. My interests stretch beyond those two subjects however, so I am slowly winding down both sillypointcricket.com and leftbackfooty.com.

Thank you very much to anybody and everybody who has ever taken the time to view, let alone comment on either of my blogs.

I intend to start from scratch with a new blog that will of course feature cricket and football but also primarily film and book reviews regardless of the subject matter. I might also detail other things in life such as hiking or anything else that might pique my interest.

I enjoy writing and think that it’s healthy to get some opinions off my chest and share them. I’m particularly looking forward to sharing my thoughts on films. With two young children, one of whom has some additional needs and with neither of them currently in education, it’s been challenging to find the hours to watch movies. Last night, I finally got around to watching Loving Vincent on DVD (Yeah that’s right…DVD!). I’ve also got plenty of books to read.

Once again, thank you for viewing my blogs and I look forward to meeting you in a new guise sometime in the future.

Paul aka Silly Point aka Left Back Footy

Howzat! Blogging: Content and Imagery?!

I’ve been blogging for over three years now and I’m still amazed at some of what I see when searching for interesting original content… and I don’t mean in a good way!

I’ve always said that “My blog might be rubbish but at least it’s my rubbish!”. The content is mine and the images are mine. Yes I’ve often been inspired by a headline or even an article though if the headline’s inspired me I try to avoid reading the article, at least until I’ve written my own. Regular readers will know that my recent content has been Cricket 19 dominated and not actually opinions on the real game. Life, errr… and Cricket 19 can get in the way. Of course part of my inspiration and style of writing those posts stem from being inspired by reading match reports online etc but just like some people have trodden a fine line on “Being inspired” by my content there’s no patent on writing about cricket. I wasn’t the first person and I’m not the only one allowed to produce Cricket gaming content. Just head over to YouTube! Anybody writing a cricket match report is likely to script a familiar chronological format at the very least before we consider applying any original flavour. The perspective from which it’s written will of course effect the narrative. I’ve particularly enjoyed the genuine first hand write-ups that I’ve done having attended a match. I’ve avoided reading another report when doing so only confirming a few details from the scorecard.

When I first started blogging the leading cricket bloggers on WordPress seemed to just copy and paste articles from major sites, amend the headline and claim the post as their own. Some just direct you to another site entirely. Where’s the pleasure? What’s the point?

Then we come to imagery. The amount of bloggers who are naively, sinisterly or foolishly and illegally using images that they don’t own stuns me. As for streaming live footage, I’m no running water expert but I’m going to hazard a guess that it isn’t all legit.

What do people think? Am I over reacting? Are these professional and polished images from top matches actually free for all to use? Where do other bloggers get their images, their content, their inspiration from?

2020!

A huge thank you to those of you who’ve viewed, shared, liked, commented, followed or interacted in any way on my blog in 2019. I’m extremely grateful and the odd like or comment from time to time really does make it that little more worthwhile.

2020 seems like an appropriate year for a cricket blog and I intend to keep going strong. It’ll be more of the same from me with polls, quizzes, lots of Cricket 19 content and maybe even some thoughts on real cricket… it does happen from time to time!

Like I say, 2020 is a fitting year for our sport and it’s great that England is launching a new domestic Twenty20 comp… oh no, wait!

Happy New Year to you all wherever you are in the world!

What’s the Point?

WARNING! This is a random blog related moan!

What exactly is the point of writing a blog but not allowing comments?

Nothing on this website baffles me more than such a thing. Aren’t articles meant to be thought provoking and… provoke a response? So why do some people leave that option unavailable? I’m like Billy Crystal in When Harry met Sally. I’m going to go to the end first and if it won’t allow me to comment then I won’t bother reading!

Come on fellow bloggers! Enable comments. Even if you don’t want to reply or even read them, let us vent our frustration or even… agree with you!

25,000 Views!

L.B. Wilson, remember him? He was a vital part of this blog until my wife decapitated him. The way he lived his life, he didn’t deserve for it to end that way!

Who can forget International Duck Watch? Because of course I can be bothered to list every single duck in international cricket every single day, particularly now that all men’s and women’s teams have T20I status!

Some gimmicks may have gone, cut from the side like Gary Ballance or Steven Finn but this blog still thrives… well, exists!

Many thanks to each and everyone one of you who has visited, commented or liked any post on my blog. There’s more where they came from. Howzat?!

Paul aka Silly Point

10,000 Visitors!

Yeah I know, another one of those posts but it’s always an excuse!

We’re still a few months short of three years since I started this blog. This is where I usually ramble on about not being on social media and tagging things incorrectly (I did more than fifteen. Should’ve read the bloody advice!) for about two years or how I thought I’d be writing about me actually playing (I’ve definitely retired now).

Anyway, 10,000 unique visitors from United Kingdom to USA, Thailand to Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam to Oman and beyond!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

20,000!

20,000 seems like a number worth celebrating so thank you for helping me reach said milestone of hits.

My articles involving the entire evolution of Big Ant’s console cricket games: Don Bradman Cricket 14 and 17, Ashes Cricket and Cricket 19 have been the mainstay of my views courtesy of search engines.

Posts on another cricket game but away from console: Cricket Captain, have also been critical to my amassing of views.

A particular interest for many in Haseeb Hameed has also helped me gain plenty of views!

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My homeland, the United Kingdom, is the run away leader for me in terms of hits with India then USA in the silver and bronze medal positions respectively.

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The above post has been my most discovered.

With a bumper summer of cricket ahead and plenty of Cricket 19 posts on the way, maybe I can double 20k in less time than the three years it’s taken me to reach this point in the first place!