Results tagged ‘ blogs ’

How did you vote? Share your ballot post

After you vote to decide starters for the 86th Midsummer Classic this summer, Blog the Ballot. We’re surfacing posts about the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot at MLB.com/blogs, so please just leave your Permalink there so we can highlight and send more traffic to your blog. We’ll list yours among our ongoing rollout of posts. Spread the word about the all-new MLB.com/blogs…

How to schedule your life around Australia games

Opening Series AdviceOK, don’t say I never take care of you guys. I interviewed a sleep specialist doctor at length so those of us fans back here in North America will know EXACTLY how to schedule their lives around the MLB Opening Series in Australia. My story was just posted on the MLB.com homepage and we just tweeted it out on the @MLB account and I wanted to make sure you have this so you can stay razor sharp and alert as you blog for the masses about the return of REAL baseball games.

You may be surprised by some of the tips. You may not realize that you need to nap on the first day of baseball this time. And whatever you do, this is NOT the night for a midnight screening of Divergent, at least not if you are a real baseball fan. Get to bed early, get up at 3:50 am if on East Coast, or 12:50 if on West Coast in a Dodgers or D-backs household, and see the first pitch of the season. And that’s just the start…

Happy Holidays from MLB.com Blogs!

Happy Holidays from MLB.com Blogs!

As you can see by the animated snowfall here on the MLB.com Blogs community hub, there are no baseball games today.

We are here with our 553rd career post (two shy of Manny) to welcome Winter and Christmas and what is regarded in popular culture as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Opening Day probably can stake a legitimate claim for that title, but hey, we are caught up in the holiday spirit right now and we just wanted to wish the best of times with family and friends to you here in the Major League Baseball blogging community.

King Bingley and his ornament friend wish you good tidingsWant to see the flakes fall on your blog? Just go to “Settings” in your WordPress.com dashboard, and at the bottom select “Snow.” It will drop the white stuff on your blog until Jan. 4, and the best part is, you won’t have to do any shoveling like I already have done twice so far in the New York City suburbs, breaking one shovel in the process. No one ever says, “How can you not be romantic about shoveling snow?” Plus, my English Bulldog King Bingley gets a kick out of trying to chew the shovel blade each time I plunge it at the sidewalk, so it goes twice as slow. He thinks I’m playing.

I hope you found nice gifts for everyone. I have been dishing out MLB.com Shop tips since before Black Friday as the annual MLB.com Gift Guru, and once 9 p.m. ET arrives on Monday (deadline for overnight shipping), the best advice I can give you is an MLB.com Online Gift Certificate, 2014 MLB.TV Premium or our ridiculously popular At Bat app.

Safe traveling if you are among the 70-million-plus Americans expected to hit the road. We don’t have groundskeepers like Murray Cook to follow you around so watch out for yourself. I had to race to beat the Thanksgiving-week weather system that pushed north from the Gulf of Mexico, so I found myself driving the full state of Pennsylvania starting at 8 p.m. that Monday and diving into a motel at 5 in the morning. We made it into Ohio before most of that ice moved in. It was nice to drive through Cincinnati and see Great American Ball Park in offseason slumber along the highway. Our bulldog hated the trip and spent back-to-back nights at an all-night pet hospital due to upper-respiratory infection. We tend to be way too much like Chevy Chase “Vacation” movies in real life so the next couple of weeks it is time for chill mode at home in New York and somehow stick to a 12-week training program for the ASICS LA Marathon on March 9. What about you?

We’d love to see any holiday-themed posts you have, so please feel free to leave a comment here with the full URL so everyone can find their way to your blog. Once they get there, you should have the “Follow This Blog” widget prominently displayed high on your side panel, so we can all subscribe and then be notified whenever you post. That’s my top tip to everyone.

As a general housekeeping note, please be on the lookout for our annual MLB.com Blogs Top 100 rankings roughly around Jan. 6, give or take a couple of days. As usual, it will be accompanied with a handy-dandy badge like the one you see in the side panel of this blog, so anyone who makes the list can proudly show off their accomplishment. We will rank in a variety of categories as always. I will pull our Omniture page-view data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and once we’re back to work we’ll start compiling the lists. Be sure you enter your email to follow this blog on the right so you will see that post immediately!

HOLIDAY FARE

Enjoy these posts below while you warm by the yuletide log…and Happy Holidays again! – Mark

http://groundskeeper.mlblogs.com/2013/12/21/a-christmas-groundskeeper-story/

http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/2013/12/20/day-four-of-the-umpteen-days-of-christmas/

http://dicomo.mlblogs.com/2013/12/17/the-mets-and-the-curse-of-kris-kringle-2013-edition/

http://philliesinsider.mlblogs.com/2013/12/17/holiday-batting-lineup/

http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/the-womans-guide-to-choosing-the-perfect-holiday-gift/

http://phillies.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/your-true-love-gave-you-what-now/

http://curlyw.mlblogs.com/2013/12/10/adam-laroche-checks-in-from-2013-chairman-uso-holiday-tour/

http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2013/12/13/favorite-holiday-treats-from-the-tribe/

http://pitchinginthecommunity.mlblogs.com/2013/12/21/dodgers-kids-holiday-party-1211-2/

Do this to increase your blog’s traffic

It’s important that everyone can find your MLB.com Blog posts in social media, and unfortunately it requires a manual intervention by each blogger to add that capability to your blog. It’s really easy, and you are just losing traffic by not taking a moment to make it happen.

In your dashboard, go to Settings–>Sharing. Then just drag all of the Share icons and then hit Save. Then each of your individual posts (Permalink) will display those icons at the bottom, so that your readers can instantly share/email/print/etc. As admins, we’re going to be doing that immediately for all of the Latest Leaders (unless it’s already done) immediately after we post the new rankings.

– Mark

Latest Leaders – May 2012

Latest Leaders logoWe’re past the Memorial Day checkpoint of the season and the standings are becoming increasingly important to Major League Baseball fans. Fantasy owners are doing everything they can to put their teams in first place, as MLB.com Fantasy 411 was the top-ranked MLB Pro Blog for May. Zack Hample‘s milestone 50th stadium visit helped him claim the honors in the Fan division, while Carrie’s Muskat Ramblings topped the MLB.com Beat Writers en route to overall bragging rights with more traffic than any other MLB.com Blog. Congratulations to everyone who made the list!

There are many thousands of blogs in the MLB.com community, from players to Hall of Famers to groundskeepers to mascots to ballgirls to broadcasters to season-ticket holders and more. Want to see which ones are most popular? Here are your Latest Leaders ranked by page views from May 1-31:

MLB PRO
1. MLB.com Fantasy 411
2. Alyson’s Footnotes
3. Better Off Red
4. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
5. Ben’s Biz Blog
6. John & Cait…Plus Nine
7. SF Giants Photos
8. Baseball Nerd
9. Dodgers Photog Blog
10. Curly W Live
11. 45 Miles From Fenway
12. The Dash Board
13. Around the Horn in KC
14. Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Phillies Insider
17. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
18. Rattler Radio
19. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
20. Brandon and Brandon
21. Inside the White Sox
22. Cubs Vine Line Blog
23. Inside the Jackson Generals
24. CastroTurf
25. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
26. Our Game
27. Above the Plate
28. TribeVibe
29. Tommy Lasorda’s World
30. Bloomberg Sports
31. The G-Blog
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Cooperstown Chatter
34. Newberg Report
35. ‘Riders Insider Blog
36. MLB Urban Youth Academy
37. A Twinternal Perspective
38. Salem Sox Talk
39. It’s All Relative
40. The Futurists
41. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
42. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
43. Heard It From Hoard
44. Inside the Chiefs
45. Justice4U
46. FISH TALES
47. The Sprouting News
48. Yard Work
49. Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
50. Roof Report

FANS
1. The Baseball Collector
2. Rays Renegade
3. Red State Blue State
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. TexasRangers_HQ
6. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog
7. Counting Baseballs
8. A’s Farm
9. Rockpile Rant
10. mlbblogger
11. The Ballpark Guide
12. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
13. BlueBattingHelmet
14. Beisbol 007
15. You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
16. Born on Third
17. Pinstripe Birthdays
18. Phillies Phollowers
19. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World
20. The Unbiased MLB Fan
21. Observing Baseball
22. swingingbuntz
23. The Brewer Nation
24. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball
25. Brewers Rumors
26. Rockin’ Redlegs
27. 3 Up, 3 Down
28. Collection of Baseball
29. This is a very simple game…
30. nybisons
31. Minoring In Baseball
32. If You Write It, They Will Come
33. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
34. Throwin’ Heat
35. The Yankee Dinosaur
36. Fish Fry
37. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
38. gojays
39. Cream City Cables
40. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
41. Unfinished Business
42. The Baseball Haven
43. Wrigley Regular
44. baseballqueen
45. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees
46. More Splash Hits
47. Royal Blues
48. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
49. DYNAMETS
50. Phillies Red Pinstripes

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. The Zo Zone
3. Beck’s Blog
4. Mark My Word
5. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
6. Bowman’s Blog
7. Bombers Beat
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Brew Beat
10. Postcards From Elysian Fields
11. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
12. Major League Bastian
13. Mets Cetera
14. North of the Border
15. Mariners Musings
16. The Fish Pond
17. Brownie Points
18. Tag’s Lines
19. Change for a Nickel
20. Haft-Baked Ideas

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com. Get yourself on this list by posting frequently and especially by commenting on a lot of these Latest Leaders blogs, always being sure to leave your full URL as a very clickable calling card. And don’t forget to embed MLB.com videos in your posts and make it more fun! You’re part of MLB.com as a blogger here, after all.

Why we blog about baseball

I was reading Andrew Sullivan’s post headlined “Why I Blog” and every now and then I guess it is good to ask yourself that. I am curious why you blog, especially why you blog about baseball. We launched MLBlogs in April 2005 with Tommy Lasorda’s debut post about his friend Jackie Robinson, and that’s how this area was born. (Thank you, Tommy — you are the true MLBlogs pioneer!) This past Opening Day, we made it a FREE community, and we had more than four times as many MLBlogs created this season than in the history of MLBlogs. There are a lot of people here who you don’t know, hopefully better ways to find them next season, and for now one great way is to leave a comment here telling us why you blog about baseball. If you want, post it as a blog entry and just link to it — or leave it as a comment with your full URL. Here is why I blog about baseball:

Because we needed a community blog.

I have so many blogs and user profiles it is ridiculous, but such is life. I have Shelfari for my love of reading books, I have Blogger for my marathon training (16 days to NYC Marathon!), I have Facebook for family/friends and LinkedIn for professional networking, I have MySpace because I think you have to coexist within a big part of society to know what’s up and be tuned in, I have Flickr and Shutterfly and Photobucket and more for pics, I have multiple YouTube accounts for videos such as my trip to Beijing to work the Olympics, I have lots more that I can’t even remember until they send me an annoying email reminder. I was on Match until I found Miss Right, and I was out in record time. I have a FloTrackr account for running also, and MapMyRun, Runners World. I have Playlist.com to keep my own tunes current for other profiles like MySpace. Tagged was the spam scumbag capital. At least once a day someone asks me to join something…there are many more.

Now I also have a new MLB.com profile. Have you created yours yet? If not, then what are you waiting for? It’s part of your MLB.com registration. Add me as a friend. I’m mlbmark. In the coming year it will be loaded with more and more social networking components so all MLB.com users can communicate easily with each other — assuming someone wants to be reachable. There’s also our brand-new MLB.com Fanbook app — the official Facebook app of Major League Baseball. Check it out. You probably need more profiles.  🙂

I’m glad that this is your BASEBALL blog. So why DO you blog about baseball?

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