I don't care to add up the time I've wasted over the years trying to get newspapers interested in features on snooker.
Sadly our sport is not one that grabs most sports editors - unless there's a scandal, of course, then they can't get enough of it.
I've tried to get stories about various players into papers only to be met with a familiar refrain: 'I've never heard of him. Can't you give us something on Ronnie? Actually, there's a lot of football this week so we probably won't have any space.'
For me and my colleagues in the pressroom it's a common problem. The regular core of snooker writers are committed to the sport but are not miracle workers.
But I have this blog and may as well use it. I hope it plays a small part in promoting snooker.
To this end I will shortly be embarking on a series of exclusive interviews with well known - and not so well known - faces in the sport.
I figured if the papers don't care then I may as well post them on here. Different versions will appear in the magazine itself.
First up is Neil Robertson whose interview proved to be so wide raging that it will be split into two parts, the first of which will appear tomorrow.
Any media outlets looking on and wanting to steal the quotes can do so as long as they properly attribute them. My lawyer is watching, or at least he will be when he returns from his holiday in Tahiti. He's only been away for six months.
Forthcoming interviews will be with top players, lower rankers and those behind the scenes.
If you have any suggestions on who to interview, pass them on.
Similarly, if you are a player reading this who feels you don't get the media coverage you deserve, feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.