Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hmm ...

Recently on Twitter somebody brought up that they think there are too many Mets bloggers.  I'm not going to say who it was or if I agree with what they say.  But I have noticed a lot of new Mets bloggers this offseason.  And I've noticed a lot of them just spit out news like there's no tomorrow.

I know I am definitely not a perfect blogger at all and I definitely don't have the most popular Mets blog out there, but I know I do more than some of the other blogs.  The blogs that just give out news without even adding their take on what they're "reporting" are just stupid.  Even the ones who give their opinion but only post news are pretty stupid.  I know reading headlines is boring, especially if it's a slow news day.  And I know that when I find a blog I want it to say more than:
METS SIGN BARAJAS.  The Mets have signed Rod Barajas to a one year deal.
There is no need for that.

The point of a blog is to express your own opinion.  Your opinions don't even have to be relevant to the most recent news.  But you really should add personal opinion and experience if you want a successful blog. 

Only one headlines blog is needed and chances are, you came too late to take that role.

I know this post was a little out of the blue but I wanted to get this off my chest and needed more than the 140 characters Twitter gave me.


Let's Go Mets!


Julie/ said...

Agreed. It's almost the same thing on Twitter too.

Ellie said...

It's such a simple concept that is impossible for some people to grasp. And for Twitter, it's going to be hard to get followers if you simply link to your blog posts.

Ceetar said...

I don't think there can be 'too many' blogs.

The nature of the Internet, especially in the last couple of years, lends itself to a lot of noise. But just because there are a billion things out there saying the same thing, doesn't mean they're "In the way" of anything else. If your blog sucks, you won't get linked to, referred to, won't generate Google Pagerank and generally won't do much more than talk to yourself.

Repeating news is mostly worthless, which is one of the reasons that I almost never do it, and when I do I offer my own spin and interpretation on it, but even that doesn't mean that much. I'm not exactly a 'big name' to say that people take my spin on something as an authoritative opinion.

Write good blog posts, interesting analysis, or anything else and people will start stumbling upon your posts and link to them more.

Ellie said...

Exactly. But with this if one of those bloggers comes across my site they will know what I think and maybe realize what they are doing.

zelcers said...

good point! I have just started my own Mets blog - ill try to keep that advice in mind!

Mets Grrl said...

Ellie already writes great posts. She's kept at this for a long time, longer than a lot of other bloggers. And for crying out loud, SHE'S 16. She's finding her voice and it's becoming stronger every year.

She does a great job, better than a lot of people trying to be the next MetsBlog.

The last thing her blog does is suck.