Syndicated Writer Status Is Embarrassingly Easy

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 05:  Catcher Sal Fasano #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies signals an intentional walk for Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park on May 5, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I just have to get this off of my chest.

Some things in the sports world are easy.  Tiger Woods makes golf look easy.  Wayne Gretzky made hockey look easy.  Michael Jordan made basketball look easy.  Barry Bonds made the decision to intentionally walk him easy.

Some things should not be so easy.  Hitting a triple, scoring a natural hat trick, recording a triple-double, being labeled a syndicated writer.

I don't exactly know what the formula is for determining the writer rankings on Bleacher Report, nor do I particularly care, to be honest with you.  I pay little attention to the rankings, as I have found that they fluctuate in a way I can not understand. 

I know that many writers on the site hold those rankings in high regard and if that makes you feel better, then good for you.  But something that I feel needs to be fine-tuned is this new syndicated writer status.

According to Bleacher Report's own blog, "being a syndicated writer is an honor that must be upheld at all times, and may be removed if at any point a writer publishes content that jeopardizes the B/R brand." 

That is all good but having witnessed some of the syndicated writers out there, I feel the status symbol is being thrown around too loosely.

For example, there are syndicated writers who have only published a small handful of articles, some of which are far from being the cream of the crop when it comes to articles worth reading. 

I understand that there are many developing writers on this site, but it is my hope that writers do not feel the need to post, post, and post until they achieve syndicated writer status.

In my humble opinion a syndicated writer should have high-quality material on a regular basis that is finely edited and without Internet slang or a grammar level that is unacceptable in the publishing world.

I am not saying my articles are perfect (believe me, they are not), but I want to take great pride in being a syndicated writer.  It irks me to see some writers with syndicated status whose articles elicit a questionable thought process.

What do you think about the new syndicated writer feature?  Is it good or bad?  What are your thoughts on how it should be handled?