I am going to preface this by saying I am a little under the weather. O.K., I'm more than a little under the weather, it's one of those rare occasions when I'm actually sick.
Maybe it's this cold that is making me feel this way but I think we have had enough of people writing articles that have nothing to do with a particular sport, sports in general, or anything this community is based on.
I am sure there are other great places on the Internet where you can write these stories if you so chose. If you are writing them because you want them to be post of the day, go ahead, but you aren't going to get my vote. In fact, the more you SPAM my message board, the less likely I am to read your boring, self-serving article.
I am here to talk sports—nothing more, nothing less. I am sure your father, brother, neighbor, or whomever was a great person. If they have nothing to do with sports or a sporting event, I do not care. Take it to Facebook or MySpace or wherever it should go. My bulletin board isn't one of those spots.
I have read some great pieces here about people and places in sport. Zander wrote a really cool article about his grandmother taking him to Yankee Stadium and that is how he'll always remember the place. For every superlative article like his that I've read, I have seen 50 or more that are just not appropriate for a sports-related community.
Does everyone here see that picture of me that is on my articles and profile? Does it say or allude to anywhere on it that I like to be spammed? That is what you are doing when you post your articles on my bulletin board. It isn't that I am lazy why I have so many postings there; it's because I refuse to read past who sent it. There are about 10-15 of you whose postings to my bulletin board I read, you know who you are.
I know not everyone here likes my writing. Probably even fewer like my opinions on some matters. No one can argue though that I let my work stand on its own merit and I don't force it down people's throats.
I am sure some of you are thinking, "Easy for him to say, his articles get hundreds and thousands of reads because of his writer ranking." That is a true statement. You know what? I started the same place as everyone else and I also write in one of the most popular areas of the site, which makes it even harder to move up.
Call me crazy, but I think I have earned my spot. I did not get there by posting a link to every article I write on everyone's profile. I like to think it happened because I wrote a ton of articles people felt compelled to comment on.
So in any event, save yourself some time and effort and stop spamming me. If I read your stuff, great. If not, maybe when you write about a topic I'm interested in I'll read it.
Usually if you write about sports I will read it. If you are writing about how a clown at your third birthday party had a red nose so now you are a Washington Redskins fan, I could care less.