One 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.