As many of our readers are fully aware, new blogs pop up every day. There are so many to keep track of. The lifespans of these blogs vary greatly. Some die as quick as they were born. Others live full and bountiful lives.
A common goal is wanting to get more readers. Some think that this will be the triumphant start of their writing careers or the next hot blog to get picked up by Yahoo Sports. I, admittedly, was one of these people. My fellow hooligans called me the Content Nazi. I was the one pushing them to write articles and anything to just keep the content flowing. I signed us up to be a part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. I solicited link sharing with other sites. I set a meeting with our favorite writer from Splice Today, Russ Smith. I was feverish with it.
But soon, the Orioles were back in the shitter and we sort of lost interest. Well I wouldn’t say interest. Lets just say that there wasn’t really much else you could say about the situation. Off-seasons are hard to come up with stuff. It’s just hard to keep content churning out. Another factor in the me-not-giving-a-shit-revolution was that no one reads this site. We have very few readers. The ones that do, seem to like it and the others, well, don’t. We swear, we goad, we antagonize, we have fun. Things our contemporaries are in short supply of. Besides, calling main-stream writers dickheads isn’t a good way to build relationships in the business anyway.
It didn’t happen right away but I’m happy with our place in the market. We’re doing things the way we want to do them and we’ll keep coming up with new things that might be interesting. At this point, if our friends laugh, that’s fucking good enough.
So here we are. Content with our status as a marginal Orioles blog that offers something a little different from what you’ll find elsewhere. If you like it, keep reading and commenting. If you don’t, we won’t have any hard feelings. We get it. But, before you want to do a link share or cross-promotion, at least do a little research first. Which brings me to my latest email run-in.
Hello, I’m [First Name] Shoemaker, founder of a newly built baseball website called [Name Redacted]. We started this website a little over two weeks ago from today. In one week, we have been contacted by ESPN personalities and also featured on MLBTraderumors. We do have a steady amount of traffic as well and just like you, we are looking to advance that. The reason I am writing this email is for a possibility of us joining up and possibly helping each other out.Therefore, I am proposing that we can each do a guest entry on each others sites (maybe one of my writers or one of your writers; can even be me and you). Or we can simply just put links to each others pages on our sites. Maybe I can do an interview on you or site as well. Want to aim for something of a bigger impact? So do I, let me know what your ideas are, I have a few myself. Let me know what you think, won’t keep you long with this email.Take Care,[Name Redacted] Shoemaker
And my response:
Have you actually read out site? Are you sure want to associate with us if you have actual espn people contacting you?
If you haven’t, I’d suggest you read through a few posts…after which you may reconsider.
Good luck with your site though.
I never heard back so I’m assuming he reconsidered. Oh well.