When I last checked in – just about two weeks ago – I wrote about how John and I were going to get our Padres site up and running by acting as an interim staff on that site. Well I’m elated to announce that our first attempt at pinch hitting was a rousing success.
Led mainly by the efforts of John, who published 14 articles between the 3rd and 14th, the Chicken Friars was revitalized. I chipped in two articles during that time and intended to publish one this past Monday but as luck would have it we found a new site editor. Justin Hunter made his FanSided debut on November 15th and the early returns are fantastic. I hope he’s happy and in it for the long haul cause he’s proving to be prolific with his content on top of being an excellent writer.
I wish I could say that we landed him because John and I started generating content for Chicken Friars but in reality we lucked into finding him. Blaine scouting him out to for our general MLB site, Call to the Pen, and through setting him up we learned he was a die-hard Padres fan. At least our efforts built up some momentum for Justin and gave him a nice jump start.
Sometimes things just work out.
Given the success John and I had on Chicken Friars, and given that our Padres coverage is now in Justin’s very capable hands – with Dom still around to support him – we decided to keep our “pinch hitting” plans going. We are now writing on our Texas Rangers site, Nolan Writin’ and in the first 5 days John has already published 9 articles.
I’ve chipped my first as well. I have to admit that it wasn’t the most exciting article, and writing it was slow and tedious, but it was a topic that I felt needed to be covered on the site. Being that I get a little wordy and simple projects always seem to at least double in size on me I had to break the column up into 2 parts. I’m hoping to get the 2nd part published in the next few days or so but if you want to read about 11 of the 22 Rangers players that filed for Minor League Free Agency then the first part should scratch that very bizarre itch of yours.
Anyway from August 1st to November 14th, just 21 articles were published on the site. Since then we’ve added 10 and I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t be heartbroken if John and I got to stick around on this site for a while. Of course if we find the right person to take the site on, we will gladly take our services to the next lagging site on our list.
Beyond contributing 1-2 articles to Nolan Writin’ I also continue to publish content over on Seedlings to Stars.
On Sunday I published an article that I’m particularly proud of. It was a topic I wanted to cover for over a month but it kept getting pushed to the back burner. When this happens I usually scrap the idea and move on but in this case I’m glad I kept it on my list. The final product turned out better than I had hoped and it was an absolute joy to research and write.
On Monday Nathaniel and I collaborated on a piece covering Houston Astros prospect Paul Clemens which was also a lot of fun to put together and I seem to be settling into a nice writing groove. Even my weekly routine Sprouts and Content Recap pieces feel like they are going more smoothly these days and are coming together more quickly.
The latter is the best news because the faster I can crank out content, the further I can stretch my limited writing time. I always I have at least 10-20 articles and a few ideas for longer series in my head at any given point so the more efficiently I can use this time the better. No matter how fast and efficient I get though I know that finding time to write everything I want will always be the rate limiting factor in the equation.
If you’re curious about some of the stuff I’m hoping to publish soon …
On Nolan Writin’ I’ve obviously got Part 2 of my Minor League Free Agent coverage to do. I’m also planning to do a piece on the Rangers prospects that played in the Arizona Fall League this year since that league wrapped up play this afternoon.
On Seedlings to Stars we have 2 Harvesting Opinion articles in the queue – Cubs and Padres – that I need to write my piece for since Nathaniel did his part on both a while ago. I’ve also got the next Breaking Through column to work on. Beyond that I’m contemplating doing an article on the success rates of other draft pick positions in the last 20 years similar to what I did with the 35th overall pick this week.
I also plan to start work on 2 shorter series. One will be to cover the players that finished the 2011 season with a 0.300+ BA, 0.400+ On-Base % and 0.500+ Slugging %. I’ve starting pulling together some of the stats for this but I haven’t figured out exactly how I want to break out the columns. The other will be a series on the Seedlings to Starts 2011 All-Star Team for the Pioneer League. This latter series will be similar to the one James is currently doing on the Florida State League.
In addition I may, or may not, be doing some AFL based content for the site but that is dependent on whether or not a recent applicant decides to join our staff. Since the AFL is one of his areas of expertise and since I have plenty of other topics I want to cover, I will gladly leave the AFL to him if everything works out.
Finally, I’m hoping to write something random here on this blog in the next week or so as I continue my efforts to be more active in this format in addition to what I’m doing for FanSided.