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Programing Notes for The Blogging Public

The bloggers of Around the Oval, Black Shoe Diaries, and I are setting up a Google group with the goal of getting as many Big Ten bloggers as possible to participate in a weekly roundtable discussion to take place during the upcoming football season. In short, if you're interested, we'd be happy to have you participate.

Like this, except about the Big Ten and not Northern Virginia CC.

Our tentative plan is start the round tables two weeks prior to the start of football season and run them through the bowl season. If the interest is there we may run through basketball season as well.

The goal of these as-yet-unnammed roundtable discussions is to gather perspectives on Big Ten football from every school with an active blogger. We're hoping to get as many blogs to participate as possible, so as to provide a wide range of opinions and analysis.

We're still discussing the details of how the roundtables will work, but basically we envision rotating hosts every week. Each week the host will come up with 3-5 questions for the group and post them on their blog. The members of the group post the questions with their answers on their respective blogs (with a link back to the host blog!). Then the host has the option of hosting a roundup at the end with a summary of the best answers out there.

We think this will be a great way for our readers to learn first-hand about their opponents from those who know and get a chance to see some great writing they might otherwise miss. This will also be a great opportunity to gain exposure for your blog and drive some traffic your way.

If you are interested in being a part of the weekly Big Ten Roundtable, drop me an e-mail at with the name and address of your blog, or leave a note in the comments, and I'll see about getting you an invite to the Google group. We'll be working out the details over the next couple weeks and hope to start the roundtables soon.