• Some Housekeeping On Leaving Comments

    Posted by on September 6th, 2007 · Comments (22)

    I started this blog back in April of 2005. At the time, it was an outlet for me – a chance to “put down on paper” some of the Yankees-thoughts that I have each day. (Yes, I tend to think about the Yankees at least once a day. That’s what happens to us zealots.) Basically, that was it – in terms of my intent. Blogging was a release for me. A chance to document what I was thinking at a point in time, etc.

    Then, a funny thing happened: This blog got some exposure. At first, 200 unique visitors per day (UVD) started showing up. Then, it was 1,600 UVD. Soon, it became 5,000 UVD. And, now, it’s reached the point where we have over 6,000 UVD. It’s an amazing increase in traffic over these past 28-months-and-change. It’s something that I never really expected – again, because getting a lot of readers was never my primary goal.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have a lot of readers. It’s flattering, for sure. But, at the end of the day, I would be still blogging here if I had just 200 readers today – and not several thousand. And, I’m not going to change the way that I write to try and make people happy – and try to keep readers (and/or gain more).

    My attitude is: I write what I write because it’s what I want to write. If people like it, great. If they don’t, so be it.

    However, as there are so many hot button topics in Yankeeland these days, I have noticed lately that some folks don’t always agree with what I write – and they have been leaving comments along those lines. This is fine. I have no issue with those comments – and, I’m always happy to agree to disagree.

    However, recently, I’ve also been finding comments left at this blog where readers are attacking me, or insulting me, or making some demand from me…because of something that I wrote, or, didn’t write. And, I wanted to address that issue now.

    If something that I wrote, or didn’t, bothers you, please, don’t attack or insult me in the comments section. That’s not the best use of your time or mine. If you find my writing displeasing, there’s a much simpler solution: Stop visiting the site and stop reading what I write.

    As I’ve stated, it’s not going to bother me if people don’t read what I write – that’s not why I blog. Having people read what I write is just icing on the cake for me. But, it’s not like I need icing on my cake to enjoy it. So, again, please, if this site annoys you…don’t attack me about it…instead, just stop reading it. You’ll feel better – and, so will I (as well).

    Comments on Some Housekeeping On Leaving Comments

    1. Vinny Vincenzo
      September 6th, 2007 | 10:23 am

      WasWatching is one of the best baseball blogs on the Internet. I am a die-hard Redsox Fan and I read your site everyday. Don’t know why anybody would be talking trash about any of your blogs.
      Keep up the good work. Vinny RSN

    2. Raf
      September 6th, 2007 | 10:37 am

      Having people read what I write is just icing on the cake for me. But, it’s not like I need icing on my cake to enjoy it.
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      After losing all that weight, I would hope not :)

      Seriously, keep up the good work. I agree we may not see eye to eye on certain things, but I hope I have made my points in a respectful manner. I apologize if I haven’t.

    3. Garcia
      September 6th, 2007 | 11:24 am

      ~~~I write what I write because it’s what I want to write. If people like it, great. If they don’t, so be it. ~~~

      So if you don’t get any reaction ever then that wouldn’t bother in the least?

      This blog is great and the reason I like it is because it illicits a more organic reaction from people than other Yankee blogs. That is something you are responsible for, a fish rots from the head and it all starts with you. You make your opinion and people’s comments are based on those opinions. Your blog isn’t about: here’s an idea, here are the pros and cons, and let’s talk about it in the comments. You express your view on something, and people react in favor or against your view.

      I’ve made this comparison before, but the writers at the Banter try not to inject too much of their personal opinion in their post. It’s more like: “let’s go Yanks” or “things don’t look too good, we need a win tonight”. They save their personal opinions for their comment section. I am not criticizing you on your style, just pointing out what I feel are the big differences. I gravitate more towards your style. That’s just my nature.

      If starting a blog meant not worrying about your viewership, then why even have a blog? There is a human element at work here, and that is in wanting to be heard/read. If you saw that people don’t care about your opinion, then you wouldn’t be able to sell your shirts, have donations, plug books, etc. You can’t have one without the other.

      Like Raf, I apologize if I haven’t made my points in a respectful manner BUT I also think you have to take some accountability in that area too. There is a cause-and-effect to everything, and understanding that is big here.

      I’m not telling you how to respond to comments or how you should run your blog, this is just friendly advice. I think you will have better dialogue with your readers if you are able to concede points, I notice what frustrates a lot of people is when they point out something to you and you rarely ever concede anything. Again, you don’t have to listen to what I’m saying but I do think it could help in improving dialogue.

      I know I’ve had more than a few arguments with Bailey, so me giving advice about dialogue can come across as somewhat hypocritical on my part. But in that situation I did feel I tried to extend an olive branch on more than a one occasion and then another comment was made that set me off. I don’t have a problem with extending an olive branch again in the interest of making dialogue better here.

    4. Zack
      September 6th, 2007 | 11:53 am

      Eh, Steve is free to write whatever he wants in whatever manner he wants, it is HIS blog. We don’t have to read it if we don’t want. I enjoy pestering you on your A-Rod and Hughes hate, but only to engage in arguments in true NY fashion. Don’t take it as a personal attack, its just hard to have any sense of an argument through posts without trying to make your point in as many ways as possible, you know?

      Keep up the good work Steve, and remember, Prince Philip always rewards those loyal to him :)

    5. September 6th, 2007 | 11:59 am

      Let me just got this out of the way:

      1. No need for anyone to apologize. I don’t want anyone to look backwards on this – only forwards.

      2. Thanks for the kind words, if offered, on the blog. That’s always appreciated.

      3. To the question of “If starting a blog meant not worrying about your viewership, then why even have a blog?” the answer is simple: In the end, writers write for themselves. At least, this is what I think. Then again, I could be wrong. If someone wants to disagree, that’s fine too.

      4. Re: selling shirts, having donations, plugging books, etc., you have to trust me on this…the book, shirt, etc., sales generated from this site are next to zero. Very, very close to zero. The first go-round on donations was nice. But, the last go-round was close to zero. People may like to read this blog, or not, but, they’re not interested in giving money towards it – that, I have learned…and, in the end, that’s fine too. It leaves me with no obligation to try and repay anyone with content, etc.

    6. rbj
      September 6th, 2007 | 12:10 pm

      I hope I wasn’t coming across too harsh. I mean my A-Rod comments in good natured needling. I like him and want him on the team, but I respect your opinion otherwise.

    7. Bronte1
      September 6th, 2007 | 12:24 pm

      I don’t comment because I’m a bit on the shy side, but I think you do a great job Steve and I visit your blog daily and have almost since the beginning. I especially enjoy when your regular posters disagree with you and the manner in which you all debate. I’m always surprised at the intensity of some of the personal insults. Hope you keep it up.

    8. snowball003
      September 6th, 2007 | 12:48 pm

      I know you said no need to apologize, but it’s in my nature…I didn’t mean to offend with my previous comment. I just want you to have fun watching games!

      I also want people to give me tickets to see Phil Hughes pitch, as I still believe I am his good luck charm.

    9. antone
      September 6th, 2007 | 2:18 pm

      I noticed the same thing lately on here as well. I think it’s funny that people get upset at your opinion when this is your blog. I’ve always felt that you are entitled to your opinion and would probably have lost respect for you if you ever changed your blog to cater to the readers, I definitely respect you for standing pat! I think people should comment on your opinions and agree or disagree and then state why, I don’t understand why they get so upset about it.

    10. baileywalk
      September 6th, 2007 | 2:56 pm

      The best thing about posts like this is that it inspires a kind of AA meeting. “Hi, my name is baileywalk, and yes, sadly, I am a Steve-basher.” It’s funny how we all rush to apologize.

      I think the only subject that truly makes me lose it is Hughes. In particular after he popped his hamstring while pitching a no-hitter. That game was easily as disappointing as when the Yankees lost to the Sox in historic fashion in ’04. Which might call into question my sanity.

      As for why we “get so upset,” as antone asked — it’s pretty simple. Being a sports fan is one of the most frustrating things you can be. You have NO control over what you’re so passionate about. That’s why I believe fans are so much more nervous than the players. We have all this passion and energy for the game, but nothing we do can change anything going on on the field. And when someone says something that furthers our frustration, we vent. Well, that’s how I look at it, anyway.

      In any event, Steve is like the dad around here — we’re not always happy with him, and we may sometimes be too harsh (which comes with familiarity), but we appreciated him… even if we don’t always remember to say it.

      Ha, ha. Now a big group hug and we’re all cool.

    11. September 6th, 2007 | 3:19 pm

      bailey, you’re right about the sports fans frustration. in any given league, your ‘chosen’ team only has about a 1 in 30 chance of actually having a happy offseason (the title). the fans of the other 29 teams moan and complain during the offseason.

    12. JJay
      September 6th, 2007 | 4:01 pm

      I’ve commented from time to time but not too frequently. I also have been coming to this blog numerous times a day since the beginning. I couldn’t even tell you where I got the link… possibly Bronx Banter.

      Anyway, I enjoy the read and I really enjoy reading the comments section.

      Just a question for Steve – in a lot of your posts you’ll ask questions like, “It would be better suited if Player X only pitched out of the bullpen, no?” Aren’t you kind of looking for a response with that type of post? If so, you’re not always going to get the response you want. While insults and attacks are never necessary a nice debate or argument shouldn’t hurt.

    13. September 6th, 2007 | 4:12 pm

      ~~~Just a question for Steve – in a lot of your posts you’ll ask questions like, “It would be better suited if Player X only pitched out of the bullpen, no?” Aren’t you kind of looking for a response with that type of post? If so, you’re not always going to get the response you want. While insults and attacks are never necessary a nice debate or argument shouldn’t hurt.~~~

      Yes, of course, in that case, I’m looking for feedback. Opinions and comments are always welcomed and appreciated. I do like them.

      It’s just when someone’s opinion is “You’re an idiot” or “That’s the stupid’s thing I’ve even seen written” it lends towards nothing good…hence, the request for those folks to just ignore the site.

    14. LFulk
      September 6th, 2007 | 4:44 pm

      Never before posted, but I wanted to let you know that this is by far my favorite Yankee blog, and I read it every day. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Steve is merely talking about flaming and bashing, not about civil disagreements and arguments. Keep up the good work!

    15. September 6th, 2007 | 4:48 pm

      Thanks, and, yes, you got it right.

    16. rza93
      September 6th, 2007 | 5:56 pm

      Great Site Steve. Top Yankees Blogs for me. I remember coming here from Netshrine when u announced u were doing a yankees’ blog. keep up the good work.

    17. Don
      September 6th, 2007 | 6:49 pm

      Steve, you’d make a great next-door neighbor.

      BTW, neighbor, can I borrow $50?

    18. JS
      September 6th, 2007 | 8:06 pm

      Steve,

      This is why I got on people the other day for demanding “consistency” from you b/c what they really wanted was a Rah-Rah site. There are 5 sites where I get my Yankee News…Lohud, here, River Ave Blues, Pinstripe Alley and Bronx Banter.

      Anyway, I used to go to Yanks fan v. Sox fan all the time, but the problem with that site is there is a lot of one sided abuse. You can’t post thoughts to other Yankee fans without some Sox fan getting on you.

      At that site, Red Sox fans are allowed to call people names (I posted Theo’s famous “uber team” quote after they got Eric Gagne and someone called me an “ass”) indiscriminantly. But, if a Yankees fan responds in kind, the Sox JERK who runs the site (someone who calls himself “Paul SF”) will remind you of the terms of service, threaten to ban you, yada yada.

      Finally, I decided “who cares?” and just quit visiting the site. I really don’t care what Sox fans think, particularly on a site that’s about 3 to 1 in favor of sox fans where the Yanks game post has 50 comments (all from the same 3 people). Let’s face it, RED SOX FANS ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE “SHORT MAN’S DISEASE” and they try to compensate by dishing out abuse.

      Other people at that site have admitted to me that there’s a “double standard” there. I suppose it was never a good idea to impliedly “support” the domination by sox fans who run the joint by even going there. The Yankee fan in charge really doesn’t know anything about baseball or the Yanks anyway. His only goal in life is to work for equality between the teams and shine Paul SF’s shoes.

      And I’ve told the Yankee fans on there that a real Yankee fan wouldn’t congregate at a website that’s dedicated to the notion that (1) the teams are equal; and (2) the Sox fans’ thoughts are more important that the thoughts of Yankees fans.

      My point in all this rambling, is that I appreciate YOUR site, and YOUR thoughts, and hope that you’ll keep it up. I hope this remains a place for Yankee fans to fairly DISCUSS what’s going on with the team, both good and bad.

    19. Lee Sinins
      September 6th, 2007 | 10:53 pm

      Steve,

      The way that I see it is the more people who piss off, the better job you’re doing.

      Of course, that could be a result of me being so good at pissing people off that I therefore have a vested interest in viewing things that way.

    20. Lee Sinins
      September 6th, 2007 | 10:55 pm

      I meant the more people you piss off.

    21. Raf
      September 7th, 2007 | 12:46 pm

      I meant the more people you piss off.
      ==========
      But if they piss off, that’s ok too :)

    22. SteveB
      September 10th, 2007 | 12:05 am

      99% of people are stupid. Who cares what they think?

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