Thursday, December 31, 2009

State of the Blog Address 2010

One of my promises for 2010 will be to do better posts. Judging from the response to my Sabathia/McLaughlin Group post, that's the direction I need to take this site in. That's an example of a time where I actually put some thought into something before publishing it. (Actually, I didn't. That took me about five minutes to write, but much longer to find the images.) In fact, before we get too far into today's post, let me put a few New Year's resolutions out there.

1. Better posts. A good rule of thumb is that I have to laugh at least once while writing it.

2. Less bagging on the Cubs. It took me a while, but I finally figured out they are really no threat to anyone. Actually, most of the comments I make are in jest, but it gets taken in a different direction because Cubs fans take it so seriously. I'll be saving the real hate for the Vikings. (God, how I hate those Vikings!) After all, where would I be without Ed Lynch?

3. No boring posts. Pack breaks and box breaks are out. I check out other blogs, and that's good enough for me in terms of gathering information. Ditto with posting normal trades with other collectors. That shit bores me to tears when it pops us on other blogs. No one has anything interesting to say about the cards they receive, and when I see names of posts like "Mailday..." or "Trading With So-and-So" in the update feeds, my eyes almost immediately begin to get droopy and I skip to some other site. I don't want to be one of those guys, so that's out. (Trade Me Anything will return in 2010, however.)

4. NO MORE RETAIL! OK, let me amend that. How about no more single, undiscounted packs? That leaves the door open for blasters and cheapie packs. Let's see how long it takes me to break that promise.

5. Start a phenomenon. This will happen within one week. You will all be given an assignment, and I expect many of you to carry it out. Nothing like this has been done before. That is all I will say for now.

6. Finish more sets. I set a goal of finishing six out of twelve sets, and... shit, I'm sorry to bore you about that. Rule #3. Moving on.

7. Come up with a new name that replaces "blogosphere." I try not to use it, but I'm sure I have. There's got to be a better term we could use. I'm tired of sounding like a moron when referring to this particular community.

8. Start a fight with another blogger.

Honestly, not enough of what we do is transgressive. How is writing about this hobby going to move forward if we aren't at each other's throats? "Crises precipitate change." Watch out... whoever it is that I decide to beef with, you don't want to get caught up in the crossfire. This could be the feud of the new decade.

Any takers?


Joe S. said...

I'll fight you. About what, I don't know. Although if you attack my love of cheap relics, dislike of autographs, and a general tendency to collate sets nobody cares about, well, everyone will agree with your side of the argument and there won't be much of a fight.

So maybe you should pick on someone else. Though I'll jump on the "no mail day" bandwagon with ya if there's room. Or at least I'll avoid posting EVERY trade.

One problem with your no retail promise... what will you buy when you go to Target?

Happy New Year!

beardy said...

Are you calling my trade posts dull? I know they can get boring, but that's where my amazing sense of humor and wit comes into play.

Wait a minute, you said my trade posts were boring! Them's fightin' words! It's on like Donkey Kong bitch-face! You'd better bring it.

Happy New Year dude.

Don WickedOrtega said...

I'm always down for a fight.... Bring it on Slap-nuts!

Rod said...

I hope the assignment has to do with Skyline high school baseball coach Leon "Bip" Roberts

night owl said...

1. I'm all for better posts. But then laziness creeps in.

2. Why do the Cubs exist if you can't bag on them? I say bag away.

3. Pack breaks/box break posts don't bore me. Trade posts are a necessary evil. If I want cards, I do trade posts.

4. Huh, that's funny, my resolution is no more blasters.

5. I can't wait.

6. Tell me more!

7. This has to be priority number one. Everytime I come across that "word" I loathe myself for using it.

8. I'm a lover, not a fighter. But if you must -- who's that tub playing first base for the Brewers?

dayf said...

Dagnabbit the Cubs friggin SUCK you cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit! Hallelujah. Holy shit. Where's the Tylenol? BLOGOSPHERE!

I eagerly await your phenomenon instructions you colossal flaming tool.

beardy said...

Serenity now dayf, serenity now!

madding said...

The Cubs are so bad and they need to constantly be told how bad they are. Also, everyone needs to be reminded about how bad they are.

The only reason I write trade posts is to thank the person that sent me the cards and promote their blog if they have one to encourage others to trade with them. It also helps to spread the notion that I enjoy trading, which I do. I mainly take this approach because I like reading what others have to say about the stuff I send them and I'm too lazy to e-mail people directly.

gritz76 said...


Thorzul said...

After careful deliberation, I think I want to fight Beardy. First of all, you need to fight someone you respect, and second... well, it appears that Beardy called off dayf just so he could get his first licks in.

Yes, it's "on like Dr. John, yeah, Mr Zu Zu." Consider yourself warned, Bearded one. This is just the beginning.

Don WickedOrtega said...

Cubs still suck.... Thank god for
Steve Bartman!! He will always be a hero down here in sunny South Florida!!

gritz76 said...


dinged corners said...

Snake-licking, spotty-lipped, inbred? Dagnabbit? What else can be said?

Agree with your points 100 percent, although we're probably too cowardly to act on many of them.

Play at the Plate said...

Now I want to fight everyone. We can still be friends after we beat each other down right?

I'm also for better posting, but that would severely limit my output. Stop agreeing or I'll open a can on your ass.

I don't hate the Cubs enough to bag on them. Can I bag on the Yankees or has that been done before.

I use the trade posts to thank bloggers for cards and let the blogosphere...oops, it's that word, know I like trading. I must admit, I look forward to the day I'm caught up and don't have one every day though.

I'm with you on sticking to blasters, especially the discounted variety.

I'm 100% behind 5 and 6.

I've only been blogging for about three months so I didn't realize there was an underground movement against the word "blogosphere". I shudder to think that I was using it in almost every post...probably multiple times. No more I more!
I think I've already mentioned I like the fighting part...and I love the last pictue. The guy on the right with his hands in his pockets just watching...priceless.

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