Funding DNN in 2010: Open Letter
Back at the start of the derby year, March 27 didn't really stand out on the calendar. It wasn't a major event or tournament weekend; while there were a couple of interesting bouts scheduled, there weren't any top-10 showdowns; it wasn't clear that live coverage would be available from any more than one or two bouts. Just another Saturday.
Little did we imagine that Just Another Saturday would turn out to include no fewer than 12 live bouts, 6 of which were first-time coverage from new locations. Or that I'd be on the phone or at the computer pretty much nonstop for two days leading up to it, helping orient enthusiastic coverage newbies to the available tools. Or that it'd be a 15-hour day of remote support, troubleshooting, and basic DNN operations like score updates. Or that we'd take another look at the calendar and realize that, in addition to an unprecedented slate of major events, we'd be facing of a whole lot of similarly dense non-event weekends.
Shepherding the live coverage load for Just Another Saturday turned out to be nearly as much work as I previously described for Wild West Showdown, a massive two-track weekend event.
While covering the WFTDA tournaments last year, and particularly during WFTDA Nationals, many of you made a point of expressing your admiration for out coverage efforts. This was very gratifying of course, but what really stood out was the number of people (Wicked Skatewear being the standout example) who expressed their determination that we need to be able to do this full-time. We joked with each other about how someday, in the indeterminate future, maybe derby would reach the point where covering it would consume every last waking moment, and that somehow we'd have to find a way to make it our vocation in addition to our avocation.
By the end of the day on March 27, it became clear: ready or not, we were there.