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Come Join the Parade!

We at Bass Parade welcome you to our site and are excited that you’ve stopped by to check us out. 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! – 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. We embrace all the features the term “blog” has come to mean, including reader comments, multiple subscription options and a simple design, among others. But fundamentally we are a WEB LOG — 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? That means we’re three dudes who love the sport, and we’re going to pass along anything we think you’ll find interesting or funny. 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 aren’t directly related to bass fishing (as far as we know), but there’s fish involved which is all we care about!

The Eye of Sauron sees all, but the eye of Bass Parade finds interesting fishing stuff.

WE ARE INTERACTIVE

This is your official invitation to comment on our posts. 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 – 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 — 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 – aka, spam. We’ll do our best to prevent these people from spoiling the Parade for the rest of us.)

You can log-in to our site with an existing account like Google or Yahoo...

Note to fellow bloggers:  We embrace the culture of the blogosphere. We view trackbacks as compliments and will do our best to provide the same courtesy to you.  Please give us a heads-up if a trackback to your blog is not appropriately set.


BP looks pretty slick on your mobile device!

WE ARE MOBILE-DEVICE FRIENDLY

Finally a bass fishing site that’s enjoyable to read on a mobile device. 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.  Sweet, eh?

ADVERTISING

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 don’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 Jay’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 don’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?).  I’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. That’s where we are at Bass Parade: We have a good start. We’re cool with not knowing our final destination. And we’re going to just enjoy the Parade for now.

We hope you join us. It’s a fun ride!

When posting a comment, be sure to check this box if you want to follow a conversation.

AND FINALLY…

You didn’t think we were joking about those Japanese cats did you?

We present to you cat weightlifting.  The dramatic finish complete with Rambo-like music can’t be beat!

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Tyler Brinks

    September 15, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Love the format guys. Welcome! I’ll be posting often!

  2. LarryB

    September 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

    WoooHooo! Sure glad my friend Tyler Brinks pointed me to your awesome blog boys. You fellas have really got it go’n on. Glad y’all got this very cool thing happening to bassers everywhere. So smart that Ur on Twitter too.

    Kill ’em.

    lb

  3. Tyler Crawford

    September 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    It’s like the TMZ of fishing. I like it.

  4. BP

    September 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years and I still don’t understand Trackbacks. Yes I have read about them several times, still don’t get it.

  5. Joe

    September 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    And the world needs another BLOG just like it needs another hole in the head also (Just kidding). Keep it interesting and funny and I’ll keep coming back. And forget all the PC stuff… save that for politics.

  6. AlexV

    September 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    YAY!! It’s Kumar time again!! I swear I just printed that Kumar/Zona picture to put with my collection of LOUDMOUTH BASS videotapes…. (oh yeah, I have the hat from the show too….). Jay, make SURE you goad Zona into letting you fish, and film with him, for the new show on Outdoor Channel, maybe Falcon Lake, you know , so you can actually catch one!! Be Safe, Alex

  7. Steve Adams

    April 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks or the explanation;-) Have been blogging for years and subscribed to your RSS feed. Although your not the first or only site tailored for Moble device. (see http://www.steveadamsfishing.com) Although we may be the only two? Lol. Anyways, keep up the great work!

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