We at Bass Parade welcome you to our site and are excited that you’ve stopped by to check us out.Â You’re probably sitting there thinking that the world needs another bass fishing website like you need another hole in your head. You’re right! â€“ which is why this isn’t “another” website. Here’s a quick explanation:
WE ARE A BLOG
The first thing we want to share is that Bass Parade is first and foremost a blog.Â We embrace all the features the term â€œblogâ€ has come to mean, including reader comments, multiple subscription options and a simple design, among others. But fundamentally we are a WEB LOG â€” meaning we, the Bass Parade guys, are journalers more than journalists. Commenters and observers more than reporters, if that works better. We are a blog for bass fishermen versus a blog about bass fishing.
What exactly does that mean?Â That means we’re three dudes who love the sport, and we’re going to pass along anything we think youâ€™ll find interesting or funny.Â It means that, for example, if we find a funny vid of Japanese cats in a fish-lifting contest, we’re going to pass it along to you. Japanese cats arenâ€™t directly related to bass fishing (as far as we know), but there’s fish involved which is all we care about!
WE ARE INTERACTIVE
This is your official invitation to comment on our posts.Â We’ve made sure it’s easy for you to share your thoughts at the end of each article. You can comment anonymously, or you can also login to our site with your existing Google, Yahoo!, WordPress, Blogger, OpenID or LiveJournal accounts (still working on the Facebook and Twitter logins â€“ bugs!).
In short, we want you to participate.
Be aware that the first time you post a comment there might be a delay before it shows on the site â€” that’s normal. Additional comments you make after the first one should appear lickety-split fast.
A WORD ABOUT LINKS
You may have participated in discussions on message boards and posted links you felt were pertinent to the topic at hand. We bet these links were unceremoniously deleted shortly after you posted them, per the rules of that site. Here at Bass Parade we actually invite you to share links that you feel are relevant to the topic at hand. (Keep it rated PG, guys.)
We don’t want to talk at you, we want to talk with you. Comments are the way we can make that happen.
(Yes, some knucklehead will inevitably try to abuse this by posting non-pertinent links â€“ aka, spam.Â We’ll do our best to prevent these people from spoiling the Parade for the rest of us.)
Note to fellow bloggers:Â We embrace the culture of the blogosphere. We view trackbacks as compliments and will do our best to provide the same courtesy to you.Â Please give us a heads-up if a trackback to your blog is not appropriately set.
WE ARE MOBILE-DEVICE FRIENDLY
Finally a bass fishing site that’s enjoyable to read on a mobile device.Â As far as we know we’re the first bass site that’s specifically tailored to display nicely on a touch-screen based mobile device such as an iPhone, Android or Blackberry Storm.
To see what we mean just visit http://bassblaster.bassgold.com from your mobile device.Â Sweet, eh?
We gotta pay some bills so we’re looking for site sponsors and advertisers who want to take advantage of pushing our unique, shareable content to the growing social web. (That’s a hint!)
Our pledge to you, our readers, is that we absolutely will not promote junk, and we’ll make sure ads don’t annoyingly detract from the content.
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
Who knows what our future plans are? We sure donâ€™t. It’s not like we have some master plan beyond writing, as journalers, about things we find interesting. (Okay, maybe Jay does.)
As we’ve collaborated on this project I thought back to Jayâ€™s time at Loudmouth Bass. When Loudmouth started it had a clear mission to deliver tie-wearing, sit-behind-the-desk, PTI-style commentary on the world of bass fishing.
A few months later they were televising Mark Zona and Dave Wolak wrestling in the yard while a Blues Brothers-looking nun swatted at them with a stick.
I donâ€™t think when ESPN was pitched the idea for Loudmouth Bass the plan was for Zona and Jay to go all wacky and do all that out-of-left-field stuff (remember the dog in the livewell?).Â Iâ€™m willing to bet it just kind of evolved that way. (Jay says it was all a blur.)
The point is that sometimes it’s good to just get going and see where the whole thing leads.Â That’s where we are at Bass Parade: We have a good start. We’re cool with not knowing our final destination. And weâ€™re going to just enjoy the Parade for now.
We hope you join us. It’s a fun ride!
You didnâ€™t think we were joking about those Japanese cats did you?
We present to you cat weightlifting.Â The dramatic finish complete with Rambo-like music canâ€™t be beat!