Grantland and the Dr Vanderbilt Story


Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons has apologised on behalf of himself and the staff of Grantland for the insensitive, poorly thought out and crass piece published on the site last week, written by Caleb Hannan. The original piece can be found here, for those who don’t know what I am talking about. I would also ask everyone to read the fantastic response piece from ESPN writer and GLAAD board member Christina Kahrl (linked here).

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Letter to Grantland editors

After reading the article on Grantland about Dr V, written by Calen Hannan, I decided to send an email to the site’s editors. I’ve included the text of the email below. Appreciate any thoughts.

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Gay footballers: fan attitudes limit progress

Congratulations to Thomas Hitzlsperger, the former German international footballer who came out as gay yesterday. I’m happy that he feels comfortable enough to go public about his sexuality, can act as a role model for those who want to be professional athletes, and has received widespread positive responses to his announcement.

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Importance of Content: Keyword Rich vs Keyword Saturated

Views are the lifeblood of the internet, and the most effective way to drive people to your website is through search engines – and tailoring content to show up highly in search engines is called Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). One of the key elements to SEO is the use of keywords. These are the words and phrases that are used by people – what they type into the search bar. Complex algorithms are used to help match these keywords to website content.

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