• What Folks Are Saying About WasWatching.com

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (9)

    First, thanks to those who have taken the time to complete our recent reader survey!

    It’s still open. And, if you haven’t taken it yet, and you are interested, click here to take it.

    Second, some background on why I launched the survey.

    I was thinking about this blog the other day, and it hit me that I’ve been doing this for seven seasons now. That’s a long time. How many other Yankees-related blog out there have been at it for the last seven seasons? You can probably count them on one hand.

    Pondering this, I started to consider hanging them up at the end of this year. And, then I thought “Why wait for tomorrow…?” After all, what’s the difference, two or three months? But, before I made that call, I wondered what people thought about this blog, these days.


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    The stats back from the survey, to date, have been interesting.

    The majority of the people who responded are male Yankees fans over the age of 35 who have been reading this blog for more than 2 years, read it more than once a day on their own time at home, and find the opinion and commentary therein to be valuable.

    That’s nice. The age thing is the one that means the most to me. Here’s more on that:
    22.7% are 36 to 40 years old,
    11.4% are 41 to 45 years old, and
    34.1% are over 50 years old.

    How cool is that? Maybe I should label this blog as the Yankees blog for the mature fan? I suspect this has something to do with the fact that I will be 49-years old in a few months. Perhaps my views, etc., are in line with other Yankees fans my age?

    In any event, here’s some of the comments left in the survey to date (below). They paint an interesting picture of folk’s thoughts are regarding this blog and my work here:

    • I dis-like hearing about Steve’s personal life. I don’t care about taking “the kids to the Blue Claws game”. or ” I got home and watched a movie and then tuned into the game” Or better yet who cares if Men of A Certain Age was cancelled? I never saw the show. Plus I don’t have enough time to watch t.v.
    • 8/13/11 9:30AM
    • Appreciate the blog’s consistent tone and point of view, even when I disagree with a particular opinion, point, etc. Used to dislike the frequent (and repetitive) bickering between commenters, but that seems to have leveled off.
    • 8/13/11 8:20AM
    • Best – Informative, Quality writing, interesting facts Least – Cashman bashing, always looking at the bad side of things instead of the positive side… making small events bigger than they are (presumably for effect)… Reader Comments are more difficult to access over last year or so.
    • 8/13/11 6:26AM
    • Best: Atmosphere, camaraderie, open forum for discussion Worst: Sometimes a “one trick pony” regarding certain criticisms
    • 8/12/11 11:00PM
    • I like Steve’s willingness to be critical. Other rah-rah sites are a bore. I love that the blog’s name is in honor of the Scooter. Steve, you’re an excellent writer and thinker. Thanks for taking the time to write.
    • 8/12/11 5:53PM
    • Description of the game and background articles.
    • 8/12/11 4:56PM
    • Best: The comparisons Steve makes between the past and present yankees, both on and off the field from a personal perspective. Worst: The irrational hatred of Alex Rodriguez, whilst overlooking other players foibles
    • 8/12/11 4:09PM
    • The thing I like best about WW is the respectful and intelligent debate amongst the authors and commenters of the site. The thing I like the least about WW is when old arguments and debates are rehashed and nothing new is said.
    • 8/12/11 3:19PM
    • Well written articles and commentaries about the Yankees. The only thing that I am not always in agreement with (although this true of any sports forum) is the second-guessing Cashman for the wrong reasons. I think that the second-guessing is often warranted, but that the cause and effect element is over-looked and/or ignored. Great, fun, blog that I always look forward to reading!
    • 8/12/11 1:11PM
    • best: lots of posts and the reader comments least: “if you take out these games against Baltimore”, “if you take out these wins against teams under 500″, “if you take out…” etc
    • 8/12/11 11:20AM
    • I don’t like steve.lol
    • 8/12/11 10:58AM
    • I like your opinions because they are similar to mine, I dont like that you attempt to close the blog down every so often.
    • 8/12/11 10:57AM
    • I made a habit of reading WW, starting while I was still living in NYC, as part of a conscious effort to develop a well-rounded list of Yankees blogs that would each offer something different — great analysis, rah-rah homerism, skepticism, humor. I followed one in each category. WW was my ‘cranky/skeptical/village atheist’ entry and I enjoyed it for that. When another writer was added who upped the overall level to constant severe negativity, I started reading WW less. Thankfully that experiment is over and WW is again playing its cusomary role for me, the one I chose it for some years ago, and I am back up to my previous frequency of readership. I comment occasionally.
    • 8/12/11 10:52AM
    • I read it for info on minor league prospects.
    • 8/12/11 10:37AM
    • Like Best: Opinions I agree with. Like Least: Opinions I disagree with.
    • 8/12/11 10:29AM
    • The website misuses statistics and uses flawed logic to back into conclusions that support Steve’s viewpoints. The bias and repeated petty nature of attacks in several posts diminishes Steve’s credibility. This is one of the worst Yankee sites out there and I check it only because I like it when the commenters point out how bad Steve is.
    • 8/12/11 10:16AM
    • I fret over Steve’s regular proclamations that he intends to bail out. Fortunately, he hasn’t/can’t.
    • 8/12/11 9:32AM
    • Best: Good forum for discussion. Worst: Author’s persistent negativity.
    • 8/12/11 8:50AM
    • Best: The frequent posts Worst: The negative attitudes towards the GM and some of the players (Rodriguez, Swisher, etc.), and the pessimistic nature of your posts.
    • 8/12/11 8:19AM
    • LIke Best – Honesty Like Least – Disrespectfully toned comments.
    • 8/12/11 8:09AM
    • WasWatching provides a very different perspective from most of the other NY based blogs. Your combination of commentary, stats and history is unique and much appreciated by this reader.
    • 8/12/11 7:27AM
    • Best- Comments of others. No complaints-View is slanted, but makes site unique.
    • 8/12/11 7:23AM

    Wow. My thanks again to everyone for this feedback. And, again, if you haven’t taken the survey yet, and are willing to share your feedback, it’s out there for you now.

    Comments on What Folks Are Saying About WasWatching.com

    1. Raf
      August 13th, 2011 | 11:05 am

      Well, you figure if Netshrine is still open, why shut down WW? :D

    2. August 13th, 2011 | 11:15 am

      @ Raf:

      LOL. NetShrine is covered with massive cobwebs!

      FWIW, I did not mean to say that I was thinking of canning the site. Just meant that I thought about no longer writing here. (I would leave the site up, like NetShrine is now.)

      For the last 8 months, I’ve been doing a personal health and fitness blog – which no one reads and that’s perfect for me. I’m doing it for me and no one else. And, I still have my gig at B-R.com, which I’ve been doing since 2007, to fill my baseball writing fix. So, those, plus family, plus work, keep me more than busy.

      WW is way down on the list for me these days. And, now, I’m wondering if it’s worth keeping on the list, at all. Still noodling that – although the feedback, so far, is making me think it’s worth maybe going beyond this October.

    3. redbug
      August 13th, 2011 | 11:16 am

      I like the occasssional personal posts. And, I agree w/ you about Men of a Certain Age! So, keep those posts coming.

      I think the personal petty comments from your readers have really lessened recently. I’m really happy about that. I value what alot of your readers have to say, including Raf who preceeds my post, and it was a pain filtering through the nasty ones.

      As to considering closing down, I hope you re-consider. I know you’ve been thinking about it but I’d really miss you.

    4. August 13th, 2011 | 1:12 pm

      @ redbug: Thanks.

      I’m still mulling it. Maybe the answer is to scale down, from the already scaled down version?

      FWIW, I too, agree, with the quality of the comments lately.

      The site doesn’t get the traffic that it did, say, back in 2007. But, while the number of people stopping by and/or commenting is less, I like the community we have here now. I’ll take quality of quantity, any day. (We all know about the comment sections at some of those heavy traffic Yankees blogs.)

      That could be enough to think about an 8th year…the community we have now and how well it’s working.

    5. Raf
      August 13th, 2011 | 9:57 pm

      redbug wrote:

      I value what alot of your readers have to say, including Raf who preceeds my post

      Thanks! Check’s in the mail :)

    6. JeremyM
      August 13th, 2011 | 10:03 pm

      Steve, I might not be too bright and probably missed it, but what is the address to your personal fitness blog? I’ve been on a fitness kick myself since about December and would like to check your site out. I’m not too hardcore, but cut way back on the fast food and been working out regularly. I was hardly fat, but down from 185 to 173 or so and feel great!

    7. August 13th, 2011 | 10:38 pm

      @ JeremyM:
      Congrats on the weight loss!

      That’s great.

      LOL. You didn’t miss the URL to the blog. I never shared it. :-)

    8. KPOcala
      August 14th, 2011 | 12:38 am

      Steve, stop reading too much into those Peggy Lee & Sinatra albums that comes w/ heading towards “The 50′s”. How many people can write about a game they love and entertain (and educate) so many people while they’re doing it? Keep at it, your doing a great job, and you just might put ‘when I was seventeen’ to bed, for awhile…. ‘)

      BTW, you have to admit that Cashman has made some shrewd moves over the last five years. I will also say that the worm has turned a few times as well. But then, you’d be hard pressed to find too many flawless GM’s out there, no?

    9. JeremyM
      August 14th, 2011 | 10:44 am

      @ Steve L.:
      So share it Steve! :) I actually just want to be in better shape, not setting any weight loss goals- just happened to lose some along the way! I think it’s the only way to approach it day in, day out IMO- especially since I’m not exactly fat.

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