Posts Tagged Red Sox

Have you seen my baseball?

Guess what next Monday is?  The Hills season premiere!  Well, yes, but that’s not exactly what I am referring to…although I did hear yesterday that Heidi is pregnant, which was almost as scary as Lady Gaga’s Idol performance last night.  I guess it turned out to be an April Fools joke.  Phew! 

Monday, April 6th marks opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 2:05 pm.  According to various tweets with Chris Forsberg, sports editor at the Boston Globe, who attended spring training in Fort Myers, “they’ve got the arms to do well this season.” 

I’m excited for the start of baseball season, mainly because it means that summer is on its way!  My first game will be Saturday, April 18 (thanks Judy!) vs the Orioles.  Stay tuned for some Sox updates throughout the season, and maybe even a guest blog post from Forsberg himself! 

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Confessions of an Independent Blogger…

I recently caught up with Baseball Analysts writer Patrick Sullivan to find out how he got started with social media and to get some tips as a new blogger… (and get everyone excited for the 2009 baseball season)…

Q: What inspired you to start blogging?

A: Back in 2003, I used to contribute to a Boston Red Sox message board called Sons of Sam Horn.  Another contributor there started a Red Sox blog called The House that Dewey Built (named after former Red Sox right fielder Dwight Evans).  He asked me if I would help out, and in time, I became the site’s main contributor, posting near-daily updates.

As time went on, real-life/career demands made regular updating more of a challenge.  Rich Lederer’s invitation in 2006 to become a regular contributor to Baseball Analysts could not have been more timely.  I needed to be writing less but still wanted to stay involved in baseball writing/blogging.  Joining Rich’s site as a weekly contributor for a much broader readership offered me a chance to focus more on quality versus quantity, write about the baseball topics beyond the Red Sox and also cut back on the total time I was devoting to blogging.

Q: How else do you participate in social media?  Why do you feel that it’s important to participate?

A: I have a Facebook account and poke around various baseball and political sites, occasionally offering my two cents but mostly lurking.

I don’t know that social media participation is important per se, but I do enjoy it.  The more interaction I have with friends, family and those with shared interests, the better.

Q: Any advice that you can share with those looking to start blogging?

A: Know why you want to do it because then you can tailor your work accordingly–and manage your expectations.  If you are looking for as vast a readership as possible, make sure you are filling a niche and adding value.  Be clear with your target readership on why you are writing.

If you just want space or a forum to get your thoughts on anything–and everything–out there, then don’t worry as much about whether or not your writing is as unique and differentiated.

Thanks, Patrick, for your thoughts!

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