If I wrote a blog today about buying a new desk or buying a massage chair for my friend as a birthday gift no one could care less. But when Daniel Negreanu does it it suddenly becomes exciting. What would it like to be someone whose daily life is a fascinating subject to people around the world?
I mean, really, who cares if I am cleaning my house or if my mother's dog is sick? No one. But people take interest when he writes it; its fun to read beacuse he's a poker celebrity and we see him at the tables with his big headphones and we wonder: What is this guy like in real life? He looks sweet and kind, and he has been giving me some good photos, showing some good will by looking into the camera...
Indeed, it must become tiresome and frustrating dealing with people like myself, who make assumptions about your character and life simply by seeing you play/playing with you at the table or watching you on TV. More often than not, judgements based on those brief encounters don't have much substance. I am well aware that I don't know much about Mr. Negreanu just because I see him at the tables and he lets me take his picture, and I suppose that is where the importance of his daily blog comes in. To a certain extent, his poker journal sheds light on his character and makes one feel as though they have a better understanding of the kind of person he is just by reading about the way he leads his life.
In one of Daniel's blogs, he writes about reading somewhere online that someone was calling him 'the Stu Ungar of Poker, not for my playing ability, but for my supposed alcohol and drug abuse!' In strong defense of that, he writes: 'When I was 13 years old my big brother had a party at the house when my parents were out of town. Some of the guys were smoking drugs (not my brother) and it scared me to death! I vowed that night to God and my parents that I would NEVER do a drug.'
I think anyone would have reacted the same to an accusation like that had they found it written about themselves somewhere on the Internet; you have to defend your name if you can. The difference is that if that was written about me no one would really care save for close friends and family. For someone like Daniel Negreanu, a rumour like that can spread easily and, like any celebrity in any industry, people around the world will form an opinion of you based on what they read about you in the media and on the Internet. So, it makes sense that someone in the spotlight would keep a daily blog as a forum through which they can express their ideas without outside intermediaries, and talk about what kind of food their dog eats, or their new desk, or the fact that they are not substance abusers.
What it all comes down to for me, a lowly WSOP reporter, is that I am truly happy not to be a celebrity. I will probably continue to get either good or bad feelings from pro players depending on how they react to my camera and me when I am at their tables trying to do my job; they either make my job easier and more fun, or they don't. And, of course, I will still be jealous that they get to write blogs about their dogs and presents.