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Monday, January 12, 2009
The people in my neighborhoodOne of the best things about blogging is that I've met a lot of smart and interesting people. Well, sort of met them in that way you meet people on the Internet. Commenters and emailers and folks like that. Even better, is that since I've started this blog, a handful of these folks have started baseball blogs of their own or revived blogs they already had before. In my more immodest moments it makes me feel like The Dark Knight inspiring the Sons of Batman. In reality, it's probably more a matter of "hey, if that idiot can write a blog, so can I." Either way, I like the results.
I link to these guys on occasion, but probably not enough given how much support they've given me. To rectify this, I'm going to start a semi-regular feature in which I take a brief whirl through the general ShysterBallosphere to remind folks that there's a lot of good stuff being written out on there on the long tail. I will probably leave someone out when I run these things, but since it's going to be semi-regular, no sweat -- just shoot me an email and I'll do my best to get to your blog next time. Anyway:
Bloggers are often accused of being derivative and we all do our fair share of blockquoting. That said, I've never seen a blogger simply lift an entire story like that with essentially no attempt at giving attribution or obtaining permission. The folks at WTVH and others like them who would take the work of others and pass it off as their own had best be careful. The Sons of Batman are watching.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:59am
I got a momentary shock of excitement when I read “misbehaving royals” until I realized that he probably wasn’t talking about Jose Guillen and Alberto Callaspo.
Posted 01/12 at 02:13 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
A bit late in the day to comment, but a comment is a must.
First of all, my little IIATMS blog isn’t big enough for anything. It’s grown in its first year but that’s due in no small part to the help, contributions and linkage from the ShysterBall Universe.
What we all do, bloggers, commenters, etc. is all derivative. That’s what makes it all great. Different people with different experiences lending different perspectives on a common love. How great is that?
As for the “hey, if that idiot can write a blog, so can I” thought, well, that’s not too far off from my truth. I had been contemplating it for some time but feared a full time busy job would preclude me. Then, by chance, in the Fall of 2007, Rob Neyer dropped “ShysterBall” in a chat as one of the smaller blogs he liked to follow. And that was that. If he could handle a legal career and still write from his heart, well dammit, so could I. Of course, I realized quickly that it was much harder than that and he was much better at it than I, but I still enjoy the heck out of it.
Craig, thanks for everything. But you know that.
Posted 01/12 at 03:35 PM
The Common Man said...
It wasn’t this time, but think of all the fun we can have with Willie Bloomquist and Mike Jacobs come April!
Posted 01/12 at 04:07 PM
As a Royals fan, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
Posted 01/12 at 05:02 PM
Shyster, I just want to say thanks. Along with what Jason said, that’s what got me doing this.
And the fact that you’ve been good enough to give us some publicity is fantastic.
You’ve been an inspiration, and given me a lot of good advice.
Posted 01/12 at 06:29 PM
Josh Levitt said...
Once again, thanks so much for thinking of my site and linking it here. You’ve been very kind to me over the past few months with your advice and linking and for that I am grateful.
Hope everyone enjoyed the site.
Posted 01/12 at 10:16 PM
I’m just glad we can continue this ridiculous capitalization thing going on. You have no idea how much it amuses me.
Posted 01/13 at 02:25 AM
I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too…
Posted 01/19 at 10:08 AM