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.