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?