For many of us, Bleacher Report has helped us to develop into the type of writer we are. This community serves a great purpose, and that is to help out the young, in-experienced writers such as myself become something much more; perhaps the writer that works for our favorite paper or the person that we idolize.
Those who love sports dream about getting involved with their favorite team in some way. Most of the time it is to become a player, but more often than not it is to become an analyst.
Imagine that, getting paid to cover your favorite team. It would be a dream come true for me, to get paid to talk about hockey. It is a long shot, of course, but this site is helping me inch closer. I am sorry that I left this place for a short while but since I have returned, I see a site that is on the rise.
The technology here is improving and Bleacher Report now looks much more streamline and professional. The writers also seem to have gotten smarter and the articles being pumped out are of top notch quality.
Fans are also commenting in more intelligent ways; no longer are they just typing, "You are stupid and have no idea what you're talking about", but they now present an argument to challenge the writer; something that will always be welcomed.
So that was an overly positive first couple of paragraphs, eh? That means it is unfortunately time for the bad news.
Now more then ever are people spamming on this site. Spam has come to be known as annoying advertisement of a personal website or link. You may think that you see none of that, but look again. If you are a veteran writer here just take a glance at your "bulletin board".
I just finished deleting eight of them and I tell you right now that I never read an article that has been linked on my board. I frequent the pages of Bleacher Report and will stumble upon your work on my own, there is no need to shove it in my face like a little kid.
Writers constantly placing links to their articles on other writer's boards. Usually a standard message copied and pasted to twenty or more different places.
This has now become increasingly annoying and making the site look unprofessional. "Hey, I wrote this really great article man! Please read it and tell me what you think..." is what I more than often see.
First of all, "great article" is an opinion, and how conceited of you is it to state how great you are. Perhaps your article really is "great" and deserving of some kudos or maybe even a pick of the day, but I will make that decision myself.
You may think you are harmlessly advertising your link, but the rules of Bleacher Report state that you may not write an article advertising a specific website. Shouldn't that cover bulletin board posts?
I have nothing against you wanting to promote your site or your article, but that is why we have bio pages on your profile; a place to leave information about yourself and a place to advertise. You may also want to include a signature at the bottom of each article, like you will see at the end of this.
Bleacher Report has been on the rise now more then ever, and bulletin boards are a great place for writers to communicate and share ideas. Please keep it that way.
Greg Caggiano is a writer on Bleacher Report covering the New York Rangers. He has a New York area sports teams blog called Metro-Sports, where you can read great articles about all professional sports teams that play in the area by a dedicated team of young writers.