Where One Blog Ends….

…another one begins.

Sucker for punishment, or just someone who enjoys his writing and musings, I’ve launched yet another blog with the focus remaining on soccer. World Cup Access has been a fantastic micro-journey for me but I feel its regular postings (331 at present count, with an estimated 10-15 left in me as I tidy things up) will be coming to a halt once the competition is over. Focus will start to shift on the global scale towards Euro 2008 and I may well look into that area when the time comes, but with the World Cup ending tomorrow (Sunday), so too will the regular activity on WorldCupAccess.com.

Having enjoyed the posting and all the activity in and around the World Cup to date I’ve decided I need (for myself) to keep up with writing about the sport, but with the focus on my club love, Liverpool.

With that in mind, I introduce to you, Liverpool Access, available via LiverpoolAccess.com with a feed available at feedburner. If you are a football fan, or fanatic, you will be able to recount the great conversations you’ve had with friends over the years, rows you’ve had in the pub, what tactics you would have played and why you wouldn’t have brought on such-and-such a player in the second half… so I look at this as my online airing of views on Liverpool while keeping up with further news and events surrounding the team.

Launched only within the last day or two you’ll find a few posts from myself, while you’ll be able to keep up with transfer news, track the league table, match reports and all my own musings.

Just putting it out there… 🙂


  1. Fence July 8, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Any stories about Irish players, or with an Irish interest would be welcome if you wanted to submit them to On the Ditch

    And I’ve enjoyed your World Cup blog.

  2. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    I will of course, had picked up on OtD, nice approach to it, will be sure and keep an eye on whats going on. Glad you’ve enjoyed WCA so far! Pity it has to start winding down. Might well gear it towards developments happening around the 2010 World Cup, gives me 4 years to get content ready 😉

  3. Fence July 8, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    omg, you’ve just made me realise that 2010 is only four years away! I’m in shock.

    There’ll be very little to watch on the telly now that the World cup is almost over, although I think today’s playoff might make for interesting viewing, if not for the match then for the Apres Match approach to it 🙂

  4. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Most definitely. Whatever about the outcome of the match, Apres Match will have me glued to the couch to see what goes on before, during and after the game. Since both teams are going to be taking it relatively easy with a few changes to both lineups, its nice to see RTE getting in on the act!

    4 years ain’t a long time… still, enough time to think in advance about who you’ll support if we miss the World Cup boat again 🙂

  5. Michele July 8, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    Ken – you’re as bad as me 🙂
    I keep launching new mini-blogs.. though none of mine look as good as yours

  6. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    I must start releasing some of my older themes so 😉 If I come up with an idea I’ll start a blog about it. Its second nature at this stage. Still amazed at it. Google blog search was indexing posts from the new blog within a day. Thats damn quick delivery to a search engine! All I need do now is get it listed in the main one!

    Out of interest, beyond MNeylon.com and the seo cookbook, how many other miniblogs/blogs are you running?

  7. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    Theming for SEO and Blog cookbook are quite nice. You know that template monster are now dealing real sweet wordpress templates for around 20 euro? Quite unique in design…

  8. Michele July 8, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to look into it yet. I’m currently working on a couple of Amazon frontends instead

  9. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Interesting stuff. I see via your IP that you’ve another blog there too…. Amazon stuff though, you going all API on it or building an amazon-esque frontend?

  10. Michele July 8, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    I knew I’d forgotten one!

    There are a number of scripts out there that help you to create a frontend to Amazon quite easily… It’s just a matter of choosing the relevant nodes that you want to use combined with keywords etc.,

  11. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    interesting. I had an amazon search feature built into kilkenny music, which was just that – a search. though it returned the results to within the kilkenny music site and attached our affiliate ID. Stripped it out though a good while ago. Wouldn’t mind taking a closer look at frontend design for it as a separate thing. Sounds interesting!

  12. Michele July 8, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Pop me an email if you want a couple of links 🙂

  13. Pavlos July 8, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    Liverpool Access looks amazing. But I honestly expected it’d be a great layout before I even clicked on the link. And I’m not even a Liverpool fan – but I’ll visit again just to look at it, haha 😀

  14. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    Cheers Pavlos 🙂 First time I’ve gone for a wide three column approach so it’ll be fun to keep it going, interesting for myself from a design point of view. Building up on the 3 column K2 theme thats available as a standard K2 edition and taking it from there. Interesting to see how the ad integration works out on the theme, have the right column reserved for subscriptions and ads, with adsense blocks appearing in the single post pages as well above the comments area.

  15. Pavlos July 8, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    The three-column CSS has long been the holy grail of CSS design. It’s nice to see more and more blogs figuring it out, since it really is the only way to go. If I were in your shoes though, I might try flipping the sidebars to have the adsense closer to content. That way, any interesting ad content can get noticed more easily by your readers. Just an opinion though. You may try this for a week and see if there’s any difference.

    BTW, do tell when you release any of your old designs. I’m thinking of releasing a couple as well. Giving back to the WordPress community is real good karma 😀

  16. Ken McGuire July 8, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Yeah i certainly think so. I’ve got some original themes and some nice adaptations of different themes built up over the last 9 months or so.

    I’m going to run with the ads on the right for now and see how that goes. I’ve sized the middle column (with the league table) just enough to fit an adsense 250*250 block in it and its ready to lash in at any time (or uncomment).

    If and when i go to release the designs i’ll be doing a nice big post about it here! 😉

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