Marczi: Editorial – Thank You

By Matthew Marczi

Having the ability to express one’s thoughts, opinions, and analysis in front of an informed and engaged audience is a wonderful opportunity that should not be taken for granted. Therefore, with this article, I would like to mark the end of my fourth week of writing for Steelers Depot by expressing my appreciation for such an opportunity.

Prior to taking up Dave Bryan’s offer of writing here, I spent the past year attempting to drum up interest for the articles that I wrote for Examiner. Because I was qualified as a ‘local’ writer there, my articles were only exposed to those who live in my area, which is a very small scale indeed considering the size of the total audience of the site.

I wrote over five hundred articles on the National Football League, and more specifically on the Steelers, Jets, and Giants, during the past year for Examiner. Very few of them even received a single comment. Exacerbated by the flawed pay per view system the site employs, the deaf ears on which each word that I wrote seemed to fall made writing seem like a tremendous burden, if not a waste of time.

That is why I was eager for the opportunity to write for Steelers Depot. The Steelers have long been my favorite sports team; I wished to cover the team exclusively for Examiner, but another writer already occupied the position.

Joining this website not only allowed me to do just that, but it also placed me in front of a previously established fanbase whose passion and knowledge for and about the subject at hand resembled my own.

At first, I was not used to the idea of subjecting myself to the task. Dave Bryan has had an established readership for years that has grown accustomed to his own style. I myself have been following his work for years.

In that time, I observed quite a bit of mixed reaction to the work of some of the other individuals who wrote for the site, so I was hesitant to see what kind of responses that my own work would receive, and how somebody else’s audience would embrace me.

About a month into the experiment, I have to say that things are going better than I anticipated. Many of my articles have sparked some interesting and insightful discussions already, which is more than I could have hoped for. I have also read several comments praising my work and my writing ability, and stating that I made a worthy addition to the team, and for that I am most grateful.

I must also add that through this process, I’ve learned to be more scrupulous with myself while writing. I’ve also learned not to believe that I can never be wrong or accept criticism. Through the eyes of an engaged audience, I get a chance to see my own writing in a way that I cannot by myself, and it has only helped me continue to become a better writer.

I only hope that I can continue to justify the enthusiastic responses that I have gotten so far in my first month writing for Steelers Depot. I am looking forward to proving myself as a valuable member of the writing staff and improving the site as a whole in any way that my abilities allow.

Thank you, readers, for helping to make this worthwhile. For respectfully disagreeing with me; for telling me that you learned something new from my writing; for turning my articles into discussions and debates; for even giving me the time of day: thank you.

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.
  • walter mason

    I do a bit of (amateur) writing and true story telling myself under a code name. One thing I learned is that just because there are no responses, doesnt necessarily mean that nobody is reading it or appreciating it. However I agree that its great to get reaction and debate from the readers.

    Some people read for years and never comment. An example: I met a man that discovered who I was and seeked me out in person to tell me he enjoyed my writings but never commented once.

  • Gautama Om

    I can tell you put a lot of effort into your work Matt and I thank you for it. Be true to yourself regarding other’s opinions;however, ignore them if you still feel you are correct. Keep up the good work!

  • Chris Ranieri

    Matthew,

    Thank you for everything you do for this site and for the Steelers organization. It is guys like you and Dave that have helped me to become a bigger Steelers fan than I have ever been in my short lifetime. Please, keep up the good work.

    Also, I should note that your work is not limited to the readers you have here at Steelers Depot. I relay almost everything I read here to my dad, who is the reason I am a Steelers fan in the first place. Again, thank you.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would also like to thank you and the rest of the staff here at Steelers Depot. A class act team, keep up the outstanding work!!

  • Trey Brooks

    Good job buddy! I would like your opinion on the top 5 best and worst steeler QBs since 1970.

    For some reason i was fan of David woodley short time with the steelers back in the mid 80s. Unfortunatley he died an alcholic in 2003.

  • hergieburbur

    It’s always good to have a new perspective, and your articles have been largely quite thought provoking, which is always a good thing. Keep it up!

  • walter mason

    Jefferson Street Joe Gilliam

  • ALJCOBS99

    I love the fact that I only need to review Steelers Depot site in order to stay completly up to speed with all news regarding the Steelers….you guys don’t let anything go unreported….Thanks so much snd keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!

  • westcoasteeler

    Its a dream job, bro. Keep doin it well. Nice pick Dave Bryan.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I wish I could say I know more than I actually do. I’m a relatively young guy (26), so I don’t know a ton about the team during the 80s. The first player I saw quarterbacking the Steelers was Neil O’Donnell. Even though he kind of crapped the bed in the Super Bowl, he would have to be in the top five I think despite his short tenure. Kordell Stewart had a great team around him that helped him bring the team a lot of success, but never to the title game. As Walter said, Joe Gilliam is certainly worth mentioning for more than one reason. Of course Roethlisberger is at the top. And then there’s always good ol’ Bubby Brister. Tommy Gun had that one inspired season in 2002 with a great playoff comeback.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    Thank you, Matthew. I am one of those who has read every single one of your articles this month on this website and have never commented. I’m sorry that I haven’t for I have learned more history about my beloved Steelers through your writing and everyone’s comments to same. I consider it to be a valuable education. Let’s just put it this way: I have never left Steelers Depot feeling that I just wasted precious minutes of my life reading “garbage reporting”. That type of journalism just doesn’t exist on this site. Keep up the great work!

  • Shelob9

    I’m just going to assume you figured we would all assume you didn’t even need to mention Terry Bradshaw…

  • Matthew Marczi

    Ha, well I actually took “since 1970″ to mean “since Bradshaw” since he was drafted that year. Obviously no reasonable argument could possibly put him lower than second in franchise history.

  • Rich Smith

    Awesome post and very well said. You’re a class act, Matt. Keep it up!

  • Dan Kadunce

    Matt:

    As someone else said, I rely on this site more than many others, for true and and honest writing. Many times we do not comment, but I read everything that goes up on this site. Keep up the hard work!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I am also a dedicated reader. I wish I had more time to join all of the interesting discussions. Matt, thanks for the excellent four-part series. You’re a positive addition to the writing staff.

  • Dan

    I didn’t know Woodley died. Hmmm learn something every day by reading this site. I too remember liking him. It was good to get a QB that had just made it to the SB. Perhaps our 2nd best QB from Louisiana.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Very insightful articles…and the season hasn’t even started yet which bodes well for us readers. Living the dream my friend, living the dream.

  • Steves

    Good job Matt and keep the good stuff coming. We love all the articles and this is what keeps us up to date.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Great job, Matt. You definitely have a way with words, which makes your posts quite pleasing to read. Your recent 4-part series about misbehavior being relative was a great read. You know you hit the mark when you get the crazies posting about religion and politics lol.

  • steeltown

    Keep up the good work, Matthew

  • Stephen Dale

    you’ll know you are a really good writer if / when this Steeler team limps home with a 7-9 record this year and the lynch mob is not combing the streets hunting you.
    between you and Bryan, there should be a lot of interesting articles about the FO’s attempts to rebuild this team yet keep it relevant.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    No…No thank you!