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Wow. We've been overwhelmed and excited by those who have volunteered to write for our soon-to-launch fan blog. We're reading submissions now and trying to narrow down the field -- it's not easy.

In the meantime, we wanted to take some more time to answer a few more questions that have come up regarding the blog:

Q. How often would the chosen bloggers be expected to come up with posts? Also, would they be on topics of their choosing, or would the Post make suggestions? (from nunof1)
A. "Expected" is the wrong word. We're hoping the bloggers we choose want to post at least once or twice a week, and we figure our job will be making that easy for them, not hectoring them to meet a quota or deadline. We might share tips about good times to post, good subjects to post on and good ways to engage with the audience, but they will be suggestions only. And the bloggers -- and blog readers -- certainly can share the same sort of tips, feedback, etc. with us and their fellow bloggers.

Q. Will the Post moderate comments to these blogs? (also from nunof1)
A. Yes, in the same way we moderate comments on other blogs and articles. We think we're getting better at fostering good discussion and debate in  the comments, and you will keep seeing improvements in blogs like this one.

Q. Why aren't you recruiting fan bloggers from [insert name of another Washington area pro or college team here]? (from several commenters)
A. Since we plan some moderation of posts -- again, nothing too heavy-handed -- we had to draw the line somewhere, and we decided to stick with the local teams with the biggest fanbases/reader interest. We have said before, and we mean it: this is a work in progress. We plan to see how it goes, and if we find that it wouldn't be too hard to add more bloggers, we'll do it.

Finally, and this doesn't address a specific question posted by one commenter, but a general point of confusion for several commenters. This new blog is intended to be for the fans and by the fans of D.C. sports teams, and because of that, the fan bloggers will be doing something that is quite a bit different than our staff bloggers. We're not recruiting a new set of reporters, but instead a passionate group of fans who want to share their views on the ups and downs of the local teams. These discussions already happen on our site in the comments and in live online discussions; the blog just gives us another way -- maybe a better way -- to highlight what the fans think about the results, players and issues that make D.C. sports so interesting.

Again, thanks to everyone who has expressed an interest in blogging, or simply given us feedback on the idea. We'll have more on this soon, and look forward to your feedback once the blog launches.

Jon DeNunzio
Mitch Rubin

By Mitch Rubin  |  August 23, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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