Wednesday, March 10, 2010

TCG IS FEELING ALL WARM AND FUZZY.....NOT


To the commenter who decided to advise me that The Couch Gymnast Magazine was a bad idea because it was sloppy and mispelled, thanks EVER SO much for your negative feedback. You may state you are not 'trying' to be negative, but you are.


You tell me that the magazine is a bad idea because it will negatively impact on my 'quality' blog. Dude, have you happened to notice how many typos and mistakes (and sometimes even blatant misinformation!!!) I have in my blog sometimes? Just like I rely on readers (have come to rely on them anyway) to correct me if I make a mistake, I have no problem with people 'correcting' mistakes through feedback- that is all part of the communal quality of a project like this, telling me it is not worthy of my time is something else entirely.

Yes, I know there are mistakes in the the magazine, made by me and made by other writers. But it's not International Gymnast Magazine and nor do I want it to be. It has neither editors (aside from some small help from a very busy contributor) or a budget and probably never will. The point of the magazine, and my blog, for that matter, is to voice opinions and thoughts about gymnastics by fans, not SPORTS JOURNALISTs.  The aim is not to win journalism awards or be perfect and shiny, it is to communicate thoughts. When people want to stop being part of it, that is when I will stop doing it.

So, you know, thanks for your 'advice' that I should quit with the magazine. Actually, I've got a better idea- don't read it.

Enjoy your day.


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16 comments:

  1. WHAAAAAAAAAAT! The TCG Mag is fabulous!
    For only your second issue, and it not being a professional magazine, its amazing the amount of good quality content that is in it.
    As long as it looks like Courtney Love hasn't written it, I will continue to read it.

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  2. y2kbabe347- Courtney Love! LMAO!!
    Wonder what she'd say/slur?
    "Gymnastics? What the @#$% is that?!!"

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  3. Whatev. If you don't have at least one hater, you're doing something wrong. Keep up the great work. :)

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  4. Hey, I'm sorry that you took it badly - I really didn't mean it like that. I'm just sure that you don't want incorrect information going out on the web under your name (and I'm not talking about typos here). I actually read the articles when the magazine was first put up, noticed the mistakes, thought about commenting and then went away for a day to think about it.. after consideration I figured you were a reasonable person that could take the feedback.

    I hope you can take a deep breath and realise that I didn't at all mean to insult you.

    Zemirah

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  5. I love it and appreciate the time you and the others who contribute take to write the articles! Thanks!!!

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  6. Ms Couch Gymnastic, I hope you never stop your blog or your magazine. I get so much good info from your site and look forward to reading it whenever something new is added. The time and hard work you put into it really shows and I appreciate you sharing your talents with us readers. Keep up the good work!!!

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  7. THE COUGH GYMNAST MAGAZINE IS NOT A BAD IDEA! In fact, its a fabulously innovative idea. I read a lot of gymnastics blogs and no one has undertaken anything like your magazine. I'm gonna stoop low here and quote T.I.: "Pay no attention to the haters and what they assume." Keep on keepin on TCG.

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  8. Don't even worry! I love that someone has the time to read through your stuff and comment on the grammar. Obviously not much of a life there...and did you ask for anyone's opinion on whether or not you should continue?? Not exactly...I was a journalism major in college and have about five years writing and editing professionally and haven't noticed anything wrong with your stuff that isn't present in any online (or published) magazine these days. I love your site! Don't give up!

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  9. I enjoy your blog and magazine. Both are very well written and informative. Let's lighten the mood with shall we say a best/worst leo contest sometime? I love em.

    I'm trying to get back into gymnastics after 10+ years and having been trying to find a good gym leo. It's brutal out there. There are no clean, classic ones (think anything Eastern Bloc circa mid 70s to late 80s) to be found. :(

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  10. Don't you want to improve? Take the criticism and make the magazine better.

    The difference between issue 1 and issue 2 is huge. The improvement is amazing. I am sure it will get even better.

    My Blog is for fun. I could care less if I spell a word wrong. I am not a professional. I am a fan. I do try and spell words correctly but in the end everyone can take a flying leap if they don't like my blog.:)

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  11. Caty - Try melody leotards! Great prices and nice choice of designs :)

    Zemirah

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  12. I can take criticism, but I don't like being told to stop what I am doing because someone other than me deems it a 'bad idea'. That was my problem- not feedback, actually.

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  13. OK, I'm not going to keep this going, as my comment obviously upset you, and to be honest, the amount of vitriol in your response was a bit of a shock to me too! BUT - I just want to make this clear; I never told you to stop! I never even said it was a 'bad idea'. I'm going to post my original comment in below so that we can all be clear about this.

    I think it's a mistake for you to be putting so much time and effort into it, when, as you said you can't possibly have the time or resources to make it all correct and well-written. I said I think you should reconsider it; something which I still stand by. If you do choose to continue, I wish you all the best with it, but I hope your blog doesn't suffer, because I really do think it's a great blog!

    I guess I just don't see why most, if not all, of the material in the magazine couldn't be used as blog posts? I would never have been picky about mistakes in a blog post, but I do feel that people reading a magazine type article would expect the material to be accurate!

    Anyway, I'm going to let this go now, and I hope there's no hard feelings :)

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    I love your blog, but to be honest I think the magazine is a big mistake. The articles are scrappily written, and there are numerous mistakes. Among other errors, this statement is incorrect (and grammatically terrible!) "Zamolodchikova and was coached by her mother". Round Lake and Dinamo were clearly not the only gyms to survive - look at the results from the Russian National championships and you will see gymnasts representing clubs from all over the country. Round Lake is not even a 'club' per se, but the national training centre.

    I'm not trying to be negative, I just don't want to quality of your blog brought down by the magazine idea, and I seriously think you should re-consider it.

    Zemirah

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  14. Look I am sorry I lashed out at you, but I will reiterate, its not the criticism of magazine that bothers me, because it is fan work, not IG, but even if you didn't say I should stop, you said I should "reconsider it" and that it was a "big mistake" neither of which I think it is anyone's place but my own to decide. If something is described as a big mistake it is generally because it is thought to have been a bad idea. Look, I will let it go too, but you must understand, I just would never 'advise' another blogger something like that because I think it is inappropriate and in no way my right to advise them either way and THAT is the source of my anger.

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  15. If I wanted "perfection" I would pay the outrageous subscription fee for IG and then wait and wait for it to arrive late and full of crap and advertisements.

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  16. REDICULOUS!! Keep doing what you're doing. None of us are reading this for a grammar education, we are reading it for the information. And IMO, this is the BEST DAMN BLOG OUT THERE!!!!

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