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Thoughts on Blogging & Maiya Returns from the Dead

October 20, 2011

Hello everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Many apologies, as well as many thanks to Britt for putting up with me. Anyways, these sorts of posts are always a bit awkward to write, so I thought I’d just ramble on for a little bit about my first year of baseball blogging life, with a few hints of actual baseball thrown in. Shall we…?

  • Finding things to write about is easy: This shouldn’t really have come as a surprise. The media turns non-stories into stories by the quadruple-dozen. All it really takes to turn that miscellaneous tweet or MLB Trade Rumors quote into a viable blog post is a dozen searches through FanGraphs and some obscure acronyms. If you don’t even have that to work with, you pick a memory, a ticket stub, a player, a thought on blogging, throw in a couple paragraphs worth of snark and voilà! blog post.
  • But consistency is hard: I really don’t want to go through these archives and find the last post that I had anything to do with, much less the last post I wrote.  I have better ways to crush my soul, like trampling over it with an oliphaunt. It’s easy to start a blog, and it’s relatively easy to keep it going for a couple of months. Keeping it going for a season or a year or several years is hard. Part of it is time, part of it is jumping back in even after you take off for a couple weeks. The latter would be what I spectacularly failed at. So call this another thanks to Britt, and a healthy dose of respect for all the folks who have kept on continually posting publishable writing for years. Kudos.
  • Cool people exist on the internet: Some people plagiarize their blog posts, others hack into Doug Greenwald’s Twitter and send you spam. But the people who comment, the prospects who give interviews (Looking at you, Justin Fitzgerald), the people who Tweet, the other people who write about this stuff…you guys are pretty sweet. Oh, and the real Doug Greenwald is awesome too. We never imagined, when we started this thing, exactly how fantastic the entire cohort of baseball bloggers and writers and fans and tweeters and even players was.
  • Writing about real life is weird: “Happy endings suck.” Though I won’t share the evidence, I will admit to having made a few bad attempts at writing fiction. Fiction is built on tragedy. Reading and writing about happy people with wonderful lives is well, a bit boring. Killing off characters (unless you’re writing a children’s book and murdering beloved owls), is generally looked on with approval. But here I would much rather win games, make the play-offs, and not lose players to injuries, no matter how good of a narrative the opposite might make. Besides, hopelessness and someone else’s physical pain doesn’t really make for a good narrative here.

You haven’t gotten rid of me yet: I’ve missed this gig. Writing is fun, baseball is fun; what could go wrong? All this post has really been, is a really long-winded way of saying “Hellooooooooo? Knock! knock! I’m baaa-aaaaaack. Miss me? No. Too bad.”

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