A number of new blogs were launched this year. Here are some of the ones I found most interesting:
Grady's Place is written by legendary player Grady "The Professor" Mathews. He has just opened a pool hall in Lexington, South Carolina and gives useful insights on this process. In addition he shares some fascinating tales from his many road trips.
Unfortunately there are very few top players with blogs. Multiple world champion Thorsten Hohmann is one of the exceptions. He launched his blog in September and has so far provided some great content, e.g. from the World Pool Championship. Let's hope he keeps up the pace!
Danish pool player Bahram Lotfy could very well enter the top echelon of his sport. Unfortunately his blog is in Danish, so far too few readers will have the pleasure of following his progress, in competetive play and in practice.
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greenbaize by Andrew Orange and Jonni Fulcher is predominantly a snooker blog, focussing on the major snooker events. Andrew handles the snooker posts while pool star Fulcher provides an inside view of the Euro Tour.
Another blog covering snooker and pool was launched in April. It's called Play89 Pool Blog and keeps you up to date with the essentials (and not-so-essentials) on the billiard scene. It's maintained by the folks at the Play89 online pool room.
As the name suggests NYC Grind is based in New York. It covers both the international and the local pool scene. The articles, mainly written by "Jerry T", makes for an interesting read.
The Philippines is by many regarded as the top country in pool. Billiards Philippines monitors the progress of Philippine players both in national and international competition. The reports are provided by Marlon Bernardino and Jove Sison.
If you're into carom sports and knows a bit of Spanish then Entrada51 is the perfect blog for you. Blogmaster Juan Antonio de los Reyes delivers extensive coverage of events in the no-pocket category.
Snooker Planet is another latin-speaking blog. Author Luis Alves, who writes in Portugese, covers the professional snooker scene in great detail.
I must admit I prefer straight pool and one pocket when it comes to pool. Pocket Billiards therefore is right up my alley, as it deals with the above-mentioned disiplines as well as other great pocket billiard games. Blogmaster Dennis has been playing pool since 1960, but only started playing straight pool in the past few years.
If you're into the technical aspect of pool the Pool Cue News and Review might be the thing for you. The purpose of the site is to review pool cues and accessories, with a preference for products in PoolDawg store. Right now though the blogmaster (identity unknown) is trying to find the ultimate "Billiards Hottie".
Added 24 December: You'll also find some excellent Spanish-speaking blogs over at Billarnet. There are blogs on a variety of subjects, including all the major billiard games. Training Day by Alonzo has a number of interesting looking posts, making me wish my Spanish skills were up to scratch.
A blog is rather uninteresting if it's not being updated on a regular basis. Some blogs have not had any new postings in 2007 and have therefore been removed from the blog roll:
- Ellen Van Buren
- Jennifer Barretta
- Dawn Hopkins
- Jeremy Plays Pool (Jeremy jones)
- The Hustler's Blog
- The Blog (Kahlil Avis)
- Side-Rail-Cut ("Rohandy")
- Adventures of a Northern Snooker Hero ("cuelad")
- 9-Ball: Experience my passion (Shayla Neris)
- IPT Pool Fan Blog
- Dead Crow Walking
- Jimmy White - Official Snooker Player Blog
- All about billiards
- The Snooker Fan Club News
- Billiards, Snooker and Pool Talk
- Billiard Auctions Blog
- Fred's Blog
Others have been closed or died:
- Live Today (Melinda Hinojosa)
- All about Billiards (Gail Grecar)
- Calcul8r (Colin Colenso)
- Not a hustler, just a pool player ("RevQ")
- Rolf Kalb (Eurosport commentator - German)
- Global Snooker News
- Snooker Land
- American Pool Network
- IPT Pool and Football
- Pool Online
- Five Star Billiards
- Broughton Snooker Team Diaries
- Billiards Sports
- Triangle Flyer - The billiards Blog
- BilliardTips Blog
- rAlex blog (Russian)
All this leaves us with exactly 100 blogs in the blog roll to your right. Let's hope that number will increase in 2008!