"...the most useful source of inspiration comes from established blogs such as Rick Eyre's"
- Alistair McLellan, "How to be a Cricket Blogger", Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2006
My copy of the 143rd Wisden arrived by Australia Post courier this morning, having pre-ordered it from Amazon.co.uk when it was on 55% discount. First port of call was the "Cricket on the Internet" feature.
This year, Alistair McLellan did a piece on blogs relating to cricket. I did a phone interview with Alistair last year during one of the Ashes Tests when he was researching his article, and I know that he contacted a few other regular cricket bloggers, including some of you reading this.
The article appears on pages 1569 and 1570 of the hardcover edition. I won't dissect the piece now, but at the end he does give the URLs of eight blogs which he recommends as showing "signs of both permanence and quality". One of these has gone off-line since the time of writing!
The 2006 Wisden is a mere 1600 pages in length
and I'll review it over the next few days, probably in instalments. (My one previous review of Wisden, of the 2003 Tim de Lisle edition, can be found here.)