It was two years ago today I published my first column on the Bleacher Report after being actively recruited by one of the founders (who will go nameless here lest he be willing to take credit or accept responsibility for his actions).
That’s right, I was recruited.
Well, I’m glad I was. Two years later as an irregular contributor of dubious quality I have amassed 58,303 article reads over 119 articles. The Bleacher Report has given me access to a huge audience of people; an audience I was never able to develop after nearly five years of blogging.
(Think of it this way, after 4000 posts on a political blog respected enough to earn press credentials to a national convention this year, I accumulated 130,000 hits. Two years and less than 120 articles on Bleacher Report have given me about half the number of hits my blog has, a tremendous difference in readership efficiency, which would be a great new blog stat.)
Over the last two years I have enjoyed writing for the Bleacher Report. Experiencing everything from the glee of making an accurate prediction months ahead of time to the pain of having a great story get sixed because a source wouldn’t stick by their story.
More annoying are some of the things I didn’t publish. An unfinished, never published column of mine from October of 2007 accurately predicted the rise of Tampa Bay Rays. I also put my own money on the line by “investing” in baseball cards based on sabermetric research. Those purchases beat the market thanks to the improbable story of Denard Span.
[In my mind, the true test of any pundit is making specific and accurate predictions of future events. Otherwise, what’s the point?]
Another column I hoped to write featured YEB, the character who has accompanied me throughout my tenure here, battling against Ryan Alberti in a cage death match of erudition versus readability.
Though I’ve always wanted to, I had never weighed in on any of the debates which brought up questions of editors vs. writers, writing as art vs. writing as information, writing for an online audience and all the other elements of style which interested me.
Count me in the camp of writers who believe in paragraphs made up of more than one sentence, the right of semi-colons to exist in the digital world and the Harvard comma.
Yeah, I’m a dinosaur; I admit it.
Kudos to Davis Nemetz, Alexander Freund, Bryan Goldberg, Ryan Alberti and a host of others who have made the last two years on Bleacher Report so enjoyable.
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