Discuss MetsBlog’s re-design here

MetsBlog has a new design that rolled out today. I found the announcement comment threadover there to be very interesting.

I thought I’d wide open the comments section here. Like MetsBlog my site uses Disqus for comments so if you comment there it should be easy to comment here.

Let’s keep the discussion civilized.

As for my take, I’ve spent maybe 10 minutes on the sites once the tweak so other than agreeing with the “the left sidebar is too big” observation I haven’t fully formed an opinion.

I’ll also re-declare that I am friendly with Matt Cerrone (have had I dunno 10 lengthy discussions and 4 lunches over the years) and he has been good to me and my site.

At a personal level I would let a Donuts Chain or “NBC Sports” title sponsor my blog in a heartbeat so I think any criticisms in that area are silly.

In a bigger picture, I am noticing a trend where the bigger brands ignore the other big brands and increasingly ignore the fan blogs (the latter is a new trend).

Earlier today one network sports reporter broke the Bay for Bell story and another big brand sports reporter is apparently corporate-guidelined into ignoring the source.

Similarly, big brands will retweet information that was sent by the Mets PR department five seconds earlier but not credit. Not that you need to credit a PR department but don’t act like you divined the lineup or that a play was the first instance since June 24,1974 off the top of your head. I personally enjoy occasionally being faster than the big brands when I fire off a tweet while standing in a supermarket 3000 miles away from the game.

If you’re new, welcome. My site tends to focus on off-field life as a Mets fan with a mix of fun, silliness and when needed fan advocacy (some feel I may have influenced the Mets to tweak their uniforms and/or bring back Banner Day).

Some of you will find the site dumb, others will find it was exactly what you were looking for. And I hope you’ll at least follow @metspolice on twitter

So, how about that MetsBlog redesign…what did you think?

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9 comments
Connor O'Brien
Connor O'Brien

I'm not a huge fan of Cerrone. I respect what he's done and he has opened up another career option for aspiring sports writers (like me), but I really only use MB for headlines now. I don't think the writing is great there and I also believe that they don't use statistics nearly as much as they should. I just put it in my RSS reader for the news they put out and never really visit it. There are plenty of other blogs out there that can provide much better analysis...

Hotstreak
Hotstreak

I am done with Metsblog. Stay positive!

metslady
metslady

I commented on Metsblog--its now too generic looking. The left side bar is way out of proportion but its just too corporate--no soul left.

5w30
5w30

Remember Mets Blog is not a fan blog. Once was. Now it's the Wilpons' house blog, and Cerrone is the house man.

Ceetar
Ceetar

Where's the link for Patrick Flood's blog?

Connor O'Brien
Connor O'Brien

I think the re-design is alright. It's not TERRIBLE, but it's bland and boring. Also, why is it purple? LOL

Shannon Shark
Shannon Shark

its a clean look...but almost too clean. design is hard, im always tweaking mine and looking to eliminate things, but the things i keep help pay the bills and thats why the sidebar is busy.

Connor O'Brien
Connor O'Brien

Cerrone tweeted me saying he is joining MetsBlog

metslady
metslady

I didn't mean to infer corporate as in sponsors, I meant corporate as in too sterile. I think its great that you can get some help with this site. The ads are not as slick and this site retains its character.

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