By Mike Steffanos
As promised, here is an update on the decisions I have made regarding the future of this blog.
I realized towards the end of last season that I would have to make some changes to how I do this to be able to keep going forward. I have been contacted by several people who are interested in contributing content to this blog, and have decided to take them up on it. I think one of the most important thing good blogs do is to be there every day, and as such I think it makes more sense to collaborate with others to keep this site fresh and alive.
Please note that this does not mean that I am stepping back to become some sort of editor while others contribute all of the content. I plan to keep writing pretty much daily going forward, although I may take some days off to keep my writing fresh and original, or to work on longer pieces that would take more than a day to write. This is important, because many people who emailed me were under the false assumption that I am not going to write very often going forward, and I promise you that is not the case.
I also have no intention of just throwing up content for the sake of posting something, however. I am looking for literate, logical and coherent original writing on the New York Mets. I have no delusions of grandeur, but I've worked hard here over the past year and several months to keep as high of standard of writing as I possibly could. I will ask the same of anyone that contributes here. With that in mind, here are some general guidelines for submitting content to this web site. As time permits (and I see how this all goes), I will write a more detailed set of guidelines. Here is the general idea of what I'm looking for if you are interested in contributing.
I certainly am not looking for people to imitate my style, but I take my writing seriously and am looking for others who do the same. This means:
- Correct spelling (use a spell checker), punctuation, capitalization and grammar.
- Write coherently in paragraphs.
- Avoid using profanity. If I could do it, believe me, you can, too. Kids read this site. Write accordingly.
- Have respect for your audience. We're lucky enough to have a smart audience that understands the nuances of baseball. I always try to respect their intelligence, and would ask the same from you.
- Be yourself. Have your own style and be original. (Please don't use copyrighted material without permission, and cite any other source that you quote or gave you an idea that you've used in your piece.)
- Use logic to support the argument that you are making. Avoid sweeping generalizations and unsupported statements.
- Have a point of view and express an opinion on something to do with the Mets.
- Try to keep your submission between 300 - 750 words.
If you've read this blog fairly regularly you'll notice that I try to keep this blog fairly positive. Although I am not afraid to criticize moves that I don't agree with, I feel there is enough overblown, melodramatic and hyper-critical stuff appearing in the mainstream media, and that's not a tone I want to adopt here. If you write a 1,000 word rant that offers no solutions, I'm probably not going to post it on this site. Note that this does not mean that I am only looking for people who agree with my views on things. Quite the contrary, I'm looking forward to have a broader range of views here, and believe the site will be much better for it.
Please note that this is a Mets blog and not a Yankees blog. I'm not interested in any articles about why the Yankees suck or why Derek Jeter sucks. Please tread lightly on that type of thing -- there are so many interesting Mets related topics to discuss, why waste time on the other team in New York.
As for who would want to write here, I've had people contact me who would do their own blog if they had the time and were looking to contribute a couple of posts a month. I've had others that want to contribute more often. Whatever you want to do is fine, I'm not expecting anyone to put the effort that I do into this. If you have your own blog and want to contribute something here, that's fine. Especially if you're just starting out it can help you publicize your blog. I'll be happy to put something with the post that links to your blog. I ask only that any content submitted here is posted exclusively for 24 hours. Your work belongs to you, and that's fine.
Please note that there is not now, nor is there ever likely to be, any pay for submitting material to this site.
I would ask from anyone who submits an article that you allow me to print your full name with your piece, and that you also submit a picture of yourself. I just think it's more credible that way when we take true ownership of our own written words. I really believe that, and hope you'll humor me on this. However, if you feel you need to post anonymously and/or you are dead set against having your picture posted, I'll still post your submission. An author's desire to remain anonymous won't be a deciding factor in whether or not a submission gets published on this site.
If you are interested in contributing to this blog going forward, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please touch base with me before you submit any writing. Thanks.