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Welcome to the World–Lesson #1: Thick Skin

September 11, 2009

Its no secret that, as with any first-time whirl in the public eye, there’s never going to be a shortage of swift judo kicks square in the jaw of your ego. Sometimes its your fault, sometimes its no one’s fault, and sometimes–believe it or not–someone’s doing you the favor of your life.

Yesterday, The Pride of Trenton was featured on‘s inaugural edition of “The Learning Curve,” a one-time only mass exposure opportunity for novice bloggers to field the advice of its audience–the largest in the nation for any independent sports blog.

In an e-mail sent by editor A.J. Daulerio–a man to which I owe many thanks–I was offered the following advice:


    The Pride of Trenton featured on the first installment of "The Learning Curve" on

The Pride of Trenton featured on the first installment of "The Learning Curve" on

Alright, Matt. You’re about to get your first lesson — thick skin.  I’m running your email as is with a link to your blog and siccing the very opinionated commenters on  your ass. You will learn plenty.

Don’t take offense to their suggestions or them ripping you a new one — part of the deal. Everybody deals with it, including me.

Strap in. Gonna be a busy day for ya. Your site goes up at 3:15.


Now, if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the web site, now would be a good time to familiarize yourself with it in order to better understand its readership. There’s certainly no shortage of quick-witted ball-busters–evidenced by some of the comments posted on TPoT and DeadSpin.

Though I highly doubt it qualifies as adequate thanks, it would be ungrateful to learn nothing from the experience. The lesson, entitled “Thick Skin” certainly has inherent benefits on its own, for sure. But why settle?–I’d like to take it a step farther.

Rather than deflect harsh and often crude criticisms, I’m going to embrace them, ranking the Top 10 quips and not-so-subtle jabs at my humble journalistic enterprise.


Without further ado, here are the top comments from yesterday’s bombardment, “lecture.”

#10 posted by Hit Bull Win Steak at 12:23am on DeadSpin

“This is hands down better than my “Trenton Makes Shit, the World Takes a Shit” blog”

#9 — posted by Theodore Donald on 9/10 on DeadSpin

“Hire a guy with a name that sounds like he used to play bass in an ’80’s hair band — like Bruce Biggs, Danny Silvia, or Tommy Craggs — and have him write righteous shit about TCNJ that always has some sort of political slant.”–in response to my probe for increasing my readership

#8 — posted by Sir Pantsalot on 9/10 on DeadSpin

“It all depends on if you are able to pay off the authorities and how young the girls are that you are ‘advertising.'”–in response to my inquiry regarding advertising regulations and consequential legal action

#7 — posted by Suck Alert on 9/10 on The Pride of Trenton

Man, this blog SUCKS!!!” — prompted by mild distaste for the page’s content

#6posted by FEAST on 9/10 on DeadSpin

“Post all the for-your-eyes-only pictures you’ve amassed over the years.”–in response to my probe for increasing my readership

#5 — posted  by ClintonPortishead on DeadSpin

“Any fucking way you want to.
– Ben Roethlisberger” — in response to one of my questions to A.J. that sounded something like ‘How can I get a feel for my audience?”

#4 — posted by WaWa on The Pride of Trenton

“These kinds of photos warrant a visit from Chris Hansen” — in response to ‘Special Journal Feature: Wednesday’s sights and…well…sights…’

#3 — posted by Steve U on DeadSpin

“Renaming your blog after something other than the Guinness World Record for yearly murders per capita might help.”  — general response

#2 — posted by Karlifornia on DeadSpin

“Man Notre Dame looks shitty this year.” — general response


#1 — posted by Fogg on DeadSpin

“This is bullshit. My dad is from Trenton. I asked him what the pride of Trenton was and he said whores and unregistered handguns.” — no explanation needed


Again, unequivocal and absolute thanks to the editor of–the nation’s largest independent sports blogging web site–for making this all happen. I’m humbled–and clearly for good reason–and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank you enough.

Until next time…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Trick Surgeon permalink
    September 12, 2009 3:08 pm

    fuckin great dude.

  2. Brendan permalink
    September 12, 2009 11:52 pm

    #1 is without a doubt my favorite haha

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