Linda Lee — My personal bridge blog

Blogging, the ups and downs of a blogger

Ray and I started this site  shortly before we went to Shanghai.  I was playing on the Canadian women’s team and Ray was the NPC.  Both of us blogged from the event.  At first it seemed like there wasn’t much response.  Ray actually wrote in one blog that he wondered if anyone was reading it.  That brought quite a few replies which made him feel better.

I think of my blog as my bridge diary but a diary that other people can read.  I decided at the beginning that I would right what pleased me and hope that it was of interest to others.  I have never had trouble thinking of things to write about.  I have always loved the beauty of bridge hands.  So many deals are wonderful puzzles to solve.  The play and defence are my favourite parts but  bidding can be fascinating too.  So if I am just watching people play it doesn’t take me long to think about something interesting about a deal. 

Still I needed to come up with some personal rules.  Of course I couldn’t say anything negative about my partners or team.  It was easy enough to find good things to say about them and their play.  But it was sometimes difficult to discuss what was happening in a match without pointing out a mistake.  If my partner induced an error with a great deceptive play than someone had fallen into the trap, perhaps needlessly.  So I wrote about the victim but named no names. 

Sometimes I wanted to discuss or get input about a hand I had played where it wasn’t clear who had made the mistake so while I might name the participants I wouldn’t say who was who.  This all seemed to work fairly well.

Recently, I found my dark side.  It was pretty well impossible to review a world championship match without mentioning errors.  Bridge is a game of mistakes and misjudgements, after all.  I did try to be positive though.  But then I saw what I considered to be serious mistakes by a professional.  I couldn’t help myself.  I named names and I said it was a costly and serious error.  Since then I have done the same thing again once or twice.  I need to adjust my code – like Dexter, the mass murderer of those deserving, perhaps? 

But never, oh never my partners!

Even when I comment on someone else’s blog, I wonder what to say.  How much should I disagree with them and how nicely.    Most of the time I say what I think and damn the torpedoes.

Mostly it has been a pleasure to blog.  Almost all the feedback has been great.  Still it is nice to hear from readers directly and when I post and don’t get comments for a while I miss it.  And I think I have been able to tell good stories and follow my code.


Paul GipsonDecember 17th, 2008 at 7:59 am

I think it was one of David Bird’s monks who said that they always liked Robert Sheehan’s column in the Times as he always wrote about his own errors. Naturally this was not something that the Abbot endorsed, but I thought it was appropriate and all the errors on my blog are my own.

Stacy JacobsDecember 17th, 2008 at 11:51 am

Hi Linda,

I think you’re great. You’ve established a wonderful blogging voice: you manage to sound kind-hearted and supportive even while you’re pointing out errors in judgment or technique. It’s not easy to blog as frequently as you do; I’m always impressed that you think of so many things to say! I’m also in awe of your physical stamina — as far as I could tell you watched every board of the Beijing world championships. Lately, blogging while holiday baking?! Who can keep up?

And, of course, you’re great at the strategically-placed comment to diffuse an online spat 🙂

Happy holidays –


Dave (MOJO)December 17th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Let me also say I love your blog — thanks giving it to us!

LindaDecember 17th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Thanks so much for all your nice words. It is a great Christmas present. I wish all of you and everyone a great holiday.

We just had our company Christmas lunch and then sang Christmas carols for almost two hours. It is a wonderful time of year.

Ray LeeDecember 18th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Well, if “Chicago” and “Les Miz” are Christmas Carols, yes we did 🙂 Maybe we’ll make a recording of the staff choir — sure have some great voices here!

Ray LeeDecember 18th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

On a more serious note — I remember when I was writing for the Toronto Star’, they regarded each letter received as representative of 500 readers who didn’t get around to writing (not sure where the number came from, but that was what they figured). It would be interesting to see what kind of ratio applies to blogging…

Neil KimelmanDecember 19th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

We all make mistakes. As long as it is done respectively, I see nothing wrong in identifying the players who are involved in a hand that does not go well. This is especially true of players who are considered some of the best players in the world.

For anyone who has read my book, you will see I have named players. I have even included bids that I made that were either errors, or did not work as intended.

When I am on a team I focus on my own bad results, and invite comments from my teammates on ways to avoid in the future. In this way I try to model the behavior I believe is best for the team, while at the same time try being improvement and future focused.

LindaDecember 25th, 2008 at 7:05 am

I agree with you Neil. I think that you learn most from mistakes, especially other peoples.

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