Saturday, August 23, 2008

Line of the Day: Vernon Wells

When I left for vacation early Wednesday, Vernon Wells was either hurt or sucking or in some other way useless in all fantasy formats. Then I come back today to find him doing things like this:

Vernon Wells: 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Speaking of vacation, thanks to Ben for posting the LotDs while I was away. I know our content has grown a little thin as we head into the season's final month. (Although in fairness, so has our readership. I'm assuming the ones of you still around are competing for a money spot, yes? Best of luck to ya.) I've got some posts planned for this week, but in the meantime, LotD will always be here, as reliable as Joe Nathan in the ninth. (Yeah, I've got Nathan in my money league this year. Love him.)


calibob02 said...

Hi, I don't know about anybody else, but I'm on everyday. I consider you guys to be among the top three fantasy baseball sites when you're posting. I'm reluctant to send traffic your way because I'm competing against the people I'd be referring here. Anyway, thanks again for the great job you have been/are doing. It is greatly appreciated.

alfonso said...

Hey Bob. I haven't commented since May but I read the blog regularly on RSS feed. I don't think that's reflected on your site counter.

Bob Taylor said...

Thanks, alfonso and calibob02! In all honesty, it doesn't matter what our numbers are -- we'll be here writing for you all regardless.

And quite honestly, we know that interest will always be highest for fantasy baseball news in March, April and May, when the season is still young and everybody's team is a potential contender. Comes with the territory.

But I appreciate it that you guys are sticking with us for the duration. Like I said, I'm going to do my best to keep the content coming (not just LotDs) all the way through the regular season.

I also have a few more things planned for the Hurler this offseason, so it won't be the wasteland it was last year. Stay tuned.

waters96 said...

I agree with your analysis that the most traffic would naturally be at the start of the season. However, I'm still in a couple of close battles in leagues so I'm reading just as carefully as I was at the start of the year. Anyway, I will look forward to your new content as I always do. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

All due respect, Bob, and I do mean that because I love your content, is it possible that the drop off in content precipitated the drop off in content? Coming to a site that only has LoDs will cause a portion of people to drop off. If you announced your vacation I missed it, but I must say that I was disappointed with the drop off in content without an announced reason. I'm not upset at your vacation, but when your readers come to expect a certain level of content--and I must stress quality content--you can certain dishearten and lose readers when it seems to disappear without warning.

Bob Taylor said...

Yeah, anonymous -- that's a fair argument. I'm pretty sure our numbers would drop as we get farther into the season (and closer to fantasy football season) no matter what, but it certainly doesn't help that content has been a little light around here the last few weeks. You are likely correct that we ourselves are somewhat to blame.

Although, let me say right now that I wasn't complaining about our hits. (Sorry if that was the impression I gave.) Hell, we don't even worry about our hits. Mike and Ben and I write for this site because we love/hate (and love to hate) fantasy baseball, and we often feel like we have something to say about the game -- whether it takes the form of advice or a rant -- that others would enjoy or find useful.

There's just much more to talk about at the beginning of the season than there is at the end. The beginning of the season is a time for optimism and rampant speculation. The end of the season can be a grind. The strength of our content (or lack thereof) unfortunately reflects that. Last year, this site almost completely shut down in September. Admittedly, that's not good. I don't want a repeat performance of that, which is why I'm going to do my best to post one or two non-LotD articles each week over the next month. I talked to Mike today, and he's hoping to write again soon, too.

We're also planning some posts for this offseason. (Last year, we barely had any.) And, next year, I hope to add to our stable of writers, so the content never dries up.

In the meantime, along with bigger pieces I'm planning, there will be Lines of the Day. What's the verdict on these? Do you guys like them? Not like them? Are they useless? One of the reasons I originally started the LotD was so our readers would have a daily post where they could comment on the recent games, bullshit, ask questions, whatever. But it hasn't really been used for that. Maybe that's my fault. Maybe I haven't made it clear that all comments are welcome in LotD posts. (Although, really, all comments are welcome anywhere.)

I'm starting to think about what will change for 2009, and an early question I'm trying to answer in my head is whether to keep or ditch the Lines of the Day (which are, admittedly, not what I'd call "quality" content). What say you all?