How Your NFL Fanhood Can Have a Major Impact on Your B/R Writer Ranking

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 20, 2009

I never stopped to think about how my fanhood could have an impact on my Bleacher Report career. Since each and every one of us has an equal right to choose which ever team they would like to support, you would figure that it shouldn't make much of a difference in our writer ranking's so long as we continue to produce quality articles.

Yet, your fan-hood can and will play a major role in how far you might advance within the Bleacher Report ranking system.

I've decided to cover the NFL aspect of this issue because it is the sport for which I'm most familiar. I'm certain the same rules would apply to writer's fan-hoods outside the area of the National Football League as well.

For me, I'm a fan of the Indianapolis Colts.

As you would expect, a great majority of the articles I write are going to be those that cover my team. The issue is that if you happen to be a fan of a small-market team like I am, it can prove to be more difficult to attain the same level of success that a good writer would if he or she decided to focus their efforts on topics regarding larger-market teams.

Obviously, the more popular the team or player your writing about is, the more article reads, comments, and POTD votes your likely to receive.

For instance, often times you will see articles that cover the Oakland Raiders gathering a huge amount of article reads and comments.

I mean this as no offense to the "Raider Nation" but they have managed to put together a fan-base large enough to make a major impact within bleacher report, despite the fact that their team has not been successful in recent years.

I myself have managed to write a few Raiders articles and sure enough, the articles views and comments sky-rocket despite the articles written not being of the same caliber as other topics I've covered.

Each and every one of us has the same opportunity to write about whatever we please.

If writer ranking were a writers' main goal, they might be wise to write exclusively about the most popular teams that sports provide. If they do so, they will gather more articles reads and comments than the rest of us.

Yet, those of us who remain passionate about our team exclusively, we're bound to have the desire to cover our own topics of expertise rather than those that simply grow in popularity.

Which brings me to my conclusion: Your fanhood will have a major impact on your writer ranking.

Although there might be authors who are equally gifted, their progression through the rankings of bleacher report can differ greatly due to their exclusive personal passions.