A small discussion about the recent lack of Hurler content is taking place in this comment thread, and I wanted to reprint my just-posted comment here on the main page. It comes on the heels of an anonymous post, where the poster correctly takes us to task for not offering much in the way of quality content over the last few weeks and proposes, again correctly, that our declining site stats might be a reflection of that. Here is my response ...
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?