With the Mayoral elections over, concerns have switched to the next big polls. This week, Arsenalinsider has been placed alongside some of the most popular blogs out there, as epltalk.com nominates the site for best club blog award during the 2011/12 season. By Just skimming over the other nominations, it's apparent that Arsenal FC blogs dominate the list, evidence that Insider is able to mix it in a competative circle. Word has always been that Arsenal FC take up a big slice of the quality football blogs on the web. Then again, it's always an advantage when the other half of north London can't read.
When I first wrote for the website it was a simple set-up with little more than a couple of articles a day. Despite this, participation from the public was always strong. The ambition of the people behind the scenes was visible back then, just as they remain today. My first assignment however was to write for Villainsider, which was part of the bigger idea to have a blog on each Premier League club. This was soon quashed when it became clear that Arsenalinsider was a big enough project on it's own.
What helps drive the website forward is the voice. Admittedly, The Emirates can sometimes lack the tribal sounds resonant around other stadiums, maybe because the red and white voice is calculatted and balanced. Who remembers DAN THE HOTSPURS MAN? Not so long ago a dark period loomed over Arsenalinsider, plagued by his relentless foolish comments. Many think the crashing and banging on the terraces is the profile for the 'best' fans. Arsenal supporters are no less loyal or passionate than the rest, just more brooding perhaps, something ever noticeable on this blog. Football is a fast mover and I'm pleased to see that Arsenalinsider has kept up with the pace.
Our new Mayor of London was also trying to keep up with the pace this week. On the front page of yesterday's Evening Standard, Boris Johnson holds aloft his arms in a victorious salute to the press. For his first jog to City Hall after reelection, he wears a beige hoodie, running trainers, black socks and a cheap looking pair of martial art style black and gold dragon shorts. With another term secured, Boris reverts back to his eccentric dress sense. Our blog promises not to slip to such casual standards, so follow the link below and vote right, vote red, vote Arsenal Insider.