Audience participation requested

Posted by Iannucci | 10/13/2009 | | 25 comments »
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Now that the IndyCar season is over, I have a small and painless favor to ask of all of you. It's a simple request that I know every one of you can do, and your participation will mean the world to a few people who deserve a little love from the otherwise silent masses. Don't worry, this isn't a call to support some sort of cause célèbre. No, it's just a modest project to help make the IndyCar universe a happier place.

As many of you know, My Name Is Irl is what's referred to as a "blog" which means it's a place where some otherwise non-professional writer conducts lots of non-professional word butchering. It is not, however, the ONLY IndyCar blog and I am obviously not the ONLY Indycar blogger. And although IndyCar bloggers might earn in the neighborhood of $1.63 per year in earnings from ad clicks, our real currency is this: comments. Real, meaningful, thoughtful comments - not the ones that simply say "ur a dumbs$%*" - are the treasure that makes every blogger's day. (Well, that and media credentials with buffet tickets and a parking pass.)

Because the IndyCar season is over and history shows many of you will soon tune out from our blogs for the winter, I your humble host am unilaterally declaring today, October 13th, "IndyCar Blog Comment Day". All that I am asking is that you, dearest IndyCar fans, celebrate this occasion by checking the sidebar here, clicking over to your favorite IndyCar or general motorsports "blog", and leaving a thoughtful comment of appreciation for the the "blogger". Anything from a simple "Thanks, and keep up the great work" to a sixteen-paragraph love letter will do. Think of this as leaving a tip that literally costs you nothing, and know that *Jack Arute voice* the words you leave today may well give one man or one woman the strength to blog tomorrow.

In all seriousness, if you've never left a comment before now then make it a point to do so now for one (or more!) of the many bloggers who share your passion for auto racing. Oh, and one other thing: please don't leave one of these comments for me. This isn't an exercise in ego-stroking, because I already know that I am blessed with a plethora of thoughtful readers. As always I sincerely appreciate your words of encouragement, but today is about those other bloggers who may or may not enjoy the same level of audience participation. Instead, if you are so inclined, comment here about the other IndyCar sites you enjoy, just in case one of your fellow readers might similarly enjoy them.

There is plenty of intelligent and witty and thoughtful and fun writing by IndyCar bloggers out there right now, and they deserve your encouragement before the series goes into it's annual hibernation. Forgive me for being so bold, but please, go forth and share the love with them today by leaving a comment. Thank you.


  1. RubberGoat // October 13, 2009 1:46 AM  

    Funny you should make a post like this - I run a Formula 1 blog called "Making Up The Numbers", where I made a very similar post yesterday thanking people for their feeback and reminding people that the best way to show their appreciation was to leave a comment.

    While it is not the main reason that I blog, I really get a kick out of a comment because it means that not only did someone read my post, but good or bad, they were compelled to write about it.

    I have been following your blog for a while, but never commented because I didn't feel I knew enough to give a reasonable opinion, I guess...

    I am an Indycar fan though - as a NZer I root for Scott Dixon but I have been keen on Indycar since Mansell was there :D

    I really enjoy reading your posts and especially the race reports - Indycars may not be in as healthy a state as they could be, but I reckon in a few years it will be a very strong and enjoyable series. What it needs are bloggers like yourself to keep doing what you do and re-inforce the online community of IRL fans to make sure we stick together and keep supporting the series, and hopefully people will see it is a sport worth investing time and money in.

    So, cheers for all the great posts in 2009, enjoy your off-season 'break' (I will still be reading though!) and here's hoping for a great 2010 season ;)

    (By the way, the post I am talking about can be found here...)

  2. Anonymous // October 13, 2009 4:08 AM  

    You rock, Mr. Iannucci!!

  3. Unknown // October 13, 2009 6:48 AM  

    We the fans really have had a great 2009, IMHO. The information from sites like this blog, coupled with Twitter, Facebook, and the rest, make the fan really feel connected to the sport in a whole new way. As I explain to my friends who haven't caught the bug yet, IndyCar is a family. Thanks for doing your part in making the family a happy one!

  4. Unknown // October 13, 2009 7:25 AM  

    I hope I'll have the opportunity to read your work for seasons to come. Thank you!

  5. Carrie // October 13, 2009 7:29 AM  

    I'm going to leave a comment for you anyway, Jeff! Without you, deadly serious here, I'd have never heard of P-Dog or the Pagoda and you three GQMF's are my Indycar lifeline.

    So thank you and keep it up!

  6. BP // October 13, 2009 7:38 AM  

    Jeff, thanks for all you do.

    And I'm not thanking you just because my blog somehow made it into your blogroll.

    You're one of the reasons I figured I'd get into this crazy business, so kudos on a fantastic 2009.

  7. djcraske // October 13, 2009 8:08 AM  

    Pleasure meeting you earlier in the year. Enjoy the "off-season", and keep us posted on Twitter for juicy bits!

  8. Unknown // October 13, 2009 9:04 AM  

    I second Carrie (as I often find I do somehow).

    You were my first window into this crazy IRL world, Jeff, and I love it! Thank you!

  9. RacerSpencer // October 13, 2009 10:39 AM  

    I check this blog daily and it puts the IRL and racing world into a rather good perspective.

    Thanks for making sure there is a lighter side to the sport.

  10. Unknown // October 13, 2009 10:43 AM  

    I would like to comment on the previous comments regarding your comment that comments should be more common and that comments are a compliment. Here is my comment - the comments above commenting on your comment request are precisely the type of comments this comments request needs. Other than that, I have no comment.

  11. Carlos // October 13, 2009 12:33 PM  

    Jeff, screw the nice words - I clicked on all your ads, reloaded the page, rinse, repeat.

  12. Oilpressureblog // October 13, 2009 1:29 PM  

    Actually, I need all the ego-stroking I can get.

  13. Unknown // October 13, 2009 1:40 PM  

    Thanks for fostering such a great internet community! Keep up the good work!

  14. Pat W // October 13, 2009 3:46 PM  

    Good idea, Jeff. Non-bloggers may not realise just how important a comment is.

    Let's keep on truckin' through the winter, there's got to be something to talk about. Past races. Future signings. General racing chat.

  15. IndyCarGirl93 // October 13, 2009 4:07 PM  

    Hey Jeff, I love reading your posts. This is one of the most entertaining sites I've ever visited. Thank you!! =)

  16. Happy Monday // October 13, 2009 4:50 PM  

    You've got a keen sense of when to be populist and when to lay it on the line. I enjoy your humour (canadian spelling) and your devotion to this silly ass racin' league that we couldn't live without.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.

  17. natk // October 13, 2009 4:53 PM  

    A quick Thank you for all you do..your time and efforts are appriciated...more than you know

  18. Sarah Fan // October 13, 2009 7:07 PM  

    Thanks for all that you do - and put up with! Please keep blogging over the winter, as it will keep us going until March.

  19. Lisa Kenny // October 13, 2009 8:51 PM  

    Have to get my blogger comment in before the long, lonely winter..thanks Jeff et all for keeping us informed and entertained throughout the season..until 2010!

  20. Mad Mal and Hobbes (and calvin too!) // October 14, 2009 5:47 AM  

    Love your site. It's one of the first ones I turn to for my IRL info. Thanks for the great insight and keeping me up to date throughout the year. Keep up the good work.

  21. Paul Dalbey // October 14, 2009 10:24 AM  

    Just to stretch out IndyCar Blogger Comment Day a little bit, all of us at say a big thank you for the service you provide throughout the IndyCar Season. You have certainly set the standard by which all other IndyCar blogs are judged! It was great to meet you at the Burger Bash last year and look forward to more of your site!

  22. Kohl // October 14, 2009 1:32 PM  

    As an IRL blogger I assure you that what Jeffy said is completely true. There is nothing better than opening your inbox and seeing a nice note from a reader. Thanks Mr Newchfor giving me 50% of my site traffic, and thanks to all of you; the readers and listeners. We do it all for you.

  23. Leigh O'Gorman // October 15, 2009 4:01 AM  

    Jeff (and everyone else);
    You've done a great job this past season. The blogs have been funny, critical, informative and entertaining.

    Keep up the good work.

  24. Unknown // October 16, 2009 3:33 PM  

    I saw my first Indy 500 in 1972 and have been a fan ever since, but I am new to blogs this summer. Hope you keep it up all winter because I love the reading. Gotta give a shout out Oilpressure, Robin Miller, and Curt Cavin.

  25. Anonymous // December 03, 2009 4:34 PM  

    I just started a racing blog called OnTheLimit ( We blog Indy, F1, Nascar and sportscars. This a blog for passionate racers.