In the years since I began this Mets/Giants blog in 2005, I aimed to not only fill my readers in with news and opinion, but to give my readers the full detail following a game. This post-game description included a summary of the game, which, quite frankly, can be found on Mets.com or any major site that takes information off the AP wire.
I recently have been cutting back on the amount of post-game SUMMARIES for this season because I have been confused as far as what path to take. However, that confusion has been long gone. Read on.
When the Mets season began in April, it hit me that it was not necessary for blogs (not newspaper blogs, but the fan blogs that are found abundant throughout the web) to write their own post-game summary, considering you can find that in the Associated Press.
What makes anyone’s blog special or stand out as far as writing anything about a game is how well they analyze the game. If I went through to several Mets blogs right now, I will find that they spent more time writing a summary of the game than writing their opinion. READERS DO NOT WANT TO SEE THAT. There is a big difference between just summarizing a game and analyzing a game. Readers want to see what the blogger thinks about a game, not a game summary.
It is unfortunate that blogs have taken this turn for the worse. It has become so that you can basically go through every Mets blog and see that they all wrote a post-game summary of the game. Every blog is supposed to be unique in its own, but with everyone writing the same thing, it takes the whole concept of a blog out of it.
For this very reason, there have been several Mets blogs that I no longer read because they simply state the facts. We don’t want the facts, we want the opinion about the facts. While many blogs do write their opinion following their game description, it tends to be heavily weighted on a summary and happens to be the main reason for why that blogger wrote that story.
Some bloggers probably get up off their couch following a game and say, “Well, I better go write about the game.” No, you mean steal news from somewhere else and credit it to yourself while exclusively writing a summary, sans opinion?
This is a different ballgame if you are blogging for, say, a minor league team, where that team may not get much publicity. It is also perfectly fine for sites like Metsblog.com, the top Mets blog for the past several years, to write a post-game summary, because Matt Cerrone works for SNY and is obligated to maintain a consistent chain of pre and post-game summaries. Major league newspaper bloggers, as mentioned above, and any other blogger who is able to gather the information personally without the need for other sources, are also off the hook. However, when we are talking about a major league team that is covered by every main newspaper in New York, it is completely unnecessary for most blogs to give a game summary.
This change in my blogging stance also includes news. It is not appropriate for a blogger to tell the entire story of John Maine being sent to the Disabled List. The best thing for a blogger to do is take one sentence to say that John Maine was sent to the Disabled List, then spend the rest of the post explaining what they think the Mets should do as far as filling in his temporarily-vacant spot.
It is important that blogs (not including newspaper blogs) be viewed as a center of opinion narrowed down to a specific area, such as Mets or Giants. Not a center of associated press wannabes who get all of their information off other sources, who think they can match the work of someone who does this for a living, and who gathers his own information by personally interviewing players.
I hope that fans and bloggers, even the ones who do not follow my suggested path, take this piece of advice seriously and keep blogging as it was meant to be – which certainly didn’t include news over opinion.