Still alive at number five

 3/27/09

Here are the Top 26 Fan Blogs from March 12-27

bb cartoon.jpg2. Julia’s Rants
3. Red State Blue State
4. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
5. Rockpile Rant
6. Plunking Gomez
7. Rays Renegade
8. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
9. FutureAngels.com
10. Phillies Phollowers
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
13. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
14. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
15. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
King of Cali
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
19. Unfinished Business
20. A Misplaced Astros Fan
21. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
22. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
23. Baseball Canadiana
24. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball
25. Baseball Bats
26. crzblue’s World
27. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential

So the Rant is in fifth place back one spot from the last rankings. No worries the # 4 blog is a good one. One of my goals is to plug the Rockies and by staying in the top five I figure somebody is out there reading about the Rockies? That makes me happy.

It’s a bit overdue but it’s time for:

                       Ranter’s Blog of the Week

 Last week was Missy from “View from the Rockpile”. This week I’m going give the award to my “personal favorite blog” 

                       THE HAPPY YOUNGSTER…BREW TOWN’S BALLHAWK
Happy youngster1.jpgThe majority of blogs here are about baseball, but only a select few blogs here are about snagging baseballs. I swear Happy if you weren’t a cop (please take no offence) we could be twins man.

Happy is for Miller Park and the Brewers what I wish I could be for Coors Field and the Rockies. They know him and they love him.

At times think the Rockies players are starting to know me, but they don’t “know” how hard I work to support them.

Happy/Nick is a family man, and I know his new baby is going to grow up loving some baseball. Nick I salute you, what you do, the way you do it, and the passion that is reflected in your writing. 

PIMPJUICE.gifYou have been cool as a pimp to me from Day 1 here and I have always appreciated that.

Good luck in the Ballhawk Competition. I’m sure you’ll smoke me.

Congrats on # 40 brotha. I suspect that number will be a lot higher real quick as we’ll be doing our thing very soon.

Check out Happy’s blog, especially when the season starts.

good idea book.jpg1.jpgI mentioned in my last entry that I had some ideas for MLBlogs.com. Before I tell you them I
goodtimes111.jpgwould like to let the record state that I am not dissatisfied in any way

with the way things are at MLBlogs.com presently.

I am perfectly content.

(<—–Cast of the 70′s TV series Good Times)

These are merely suggestions from a guy with a lot of ideas. Look at them, laugh at them, dismiss them. It’s all good. I’m only trying to help in my own special way.

Great Idea # 1

I believe the front page of MLBlogs.com should should be split and instead of having a “Most Recent Activity” link box, have a a section of the screen with pictures of the five or ten most recent blogs with a little caption of how the blog begins. Something to attract the reader or not. It would use the picture you have posted your profile.

I think that would be a cool way to do it. Again plugging your own bloggers on your cover page is good good  thing. Lets make this a permanent fixture.

Great Idea # 2

Give aways/incentives are always good. I’ve mentioned this one before but I really believe that MLBlogs could come up with some really cool/cheap stuff to give away.  A hat would be a nice prize or maybe a subscription to MLB.TV? Pull a few strings and get the winner a press pass for one game. If I knew I had the possibility of winning a press pass for a day, I would seriously have to up my game.  

How about Blog Entry of the Month?.

Most improved Blogger?

Best quote of the month ?

Best use of pictures, you get the picture. 

Let MLBloggers vote on their choice for number one Blog of the month, then let the MLB.com staff vote on who they think was the best. It would be interesting to see the end results.

Then compare the results of both to the “Latest Leaders list”.

Too many ideas/stuff for one person to handle? How about appointing some OFFICERS to help with the trivial tasks. Delegate out a few things so more can be accomplished.

I’m not concerned about how much this community is growing, I’m more concerned about how we keep the good Blogs here who helped it grow in the first place. Quality not quantity. Throw us a bone once in a while, everybody is hungry here you’ll see. 

Great Idea # 3

I would love the ability to change my background of the Rockpile Rant. I like what I have now but the options are severely limited. The creativity of each bloggers page would be worth the update to accomplish that.

Great Idea # 4

I’ve mentioned this one before but it’s my favorite. Let  MLBloggers send you five seconds of video to say what they want about their team or blog and use those on the MLB channel or link it from the MLBlogs home page. For example, “Hi this is Don the Rockpile Ranter…Go Rockies” or whatever.

Personally I have a face and a smile that were made for television and that’s why I’d like to see this one happen :-)

Anyone else like that idea? That’s enough for now. Ponder these, feel free to add your own suggestion to the list.
welcome mat1.jpg              Your ideas and comments are always welcome here at the Rockpile Rant.

Procto office11.jpgSpeaking of which, give me your best caption for the above cartoon. This ought to be good.

The 1st submitted caption is from  Eat, Sleep, MLB with:

                                      “Always use protection”

 The second submitted caption is from Scott over at I’m Not a Headline Guy with:

            “It was either this or go to a Red Sox game with my wife“.

Being a Rockies fan I really like that one Scott, Thanks man. I’m going to give you mine it’s:

             “Doctor I know you’re going to find this hard to believe”

The third caption is from R-Luv:

 Female doctor to male doctor, “They’ve discovered the gene that makes people want to do this for a living” Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Ha

   
  

16 Comments

D – you could not have picked a better person to feature then Happy/Nick! A great human being. Your ideas – I really don’t think incentives are necessary. People should be blogging here because they love baseball and love blogging about it and not because they could win a prize. To me that cheapens what we all do. And the voting on blogs? A couple of bloggers have tried that and the one that is going on now has resulted in immature people saying cruel things. If there is some other way to feature blogs on the front page – go for it! But I think the rankings the way they are are okay.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

that’s great your still on the list, My 2 blogs aren’t but I’m not upset about that.. just left out. *shrugs* IDK what other baseball thing talk about that isn’t being talked about at all.Missyhttp://rocktober-2007.mlblogs.com

JULIA-I was looking at it from a differrent point of view. As of me posting this comment I have had 19,507 hits to my site this month. No matter how you look at it we drive traffic to this site. I’m not asking for part ownership here, I’m just asking for a bone for all of our hard work. As far as immature comments, it happens all the time. It’s going to happen whether they hand out the occasional hat or not.
MISSY-You have to be patient girl. I was blogging on this site for over six months before I broke the top 50. I was pumping out a blog almost every day. It’s hard work but as you see it pays off. You know I love your blog…D

great ideas all around… and hey, I’m number 39 on the list… no love for the high 30′s?? haha.
and my caption would be something like “always use protection”… hehe http://eatsleepmlb.mlblogs.com/

JULIA-I thought about this overnight and I still don’t think giving away a baseball cap or a small incentive like that is out of line at all. I’m willing to bet most agree with me. As I mentioned before, I’ll keep trucking either way as will you because in the end like you said it’s not about the prizes. The prizes would just be a nice touch that’s all.
EATSLEEPMLB-Thanks brotha congrats on # 39 and welcome to the Rant, I’ll post your caption on this blog entry and link your blog…D

I like your ideas and suggestions, but I probably share Julia’s take that there should be no incentives. But then again, that doesn’t mean there isn’t merit to your suggestions. Listening to the pros and cons, I am sure that I could be convinced to change my mind. I just like that you took the initiative to present controversial ideas. A good touch! Congrats on #5! As for the photo caption, “It was either this or go to a Red Sox game with my wife”. C’mon, I had to get the Red Sox in it! ;) Have a good one, D! For your benefit, Go Rocks!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

SCOTT- Welcome to the Rant, thanks I respect your opinion. So if they do it and you win can I have your cap? Hehe, just kiddin. Nice caption, it’s posted and linked…D

Congratulations on your #5 ranking! I started my blog exactly one month ago today, and I made it into the top 50 on this list. :-) Oh, and you’ve made some very interesting suggestions for improving MLBlogs.com.
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

Way to think outside the box. I like some of your ideas! There are definitely ways to improve the site. It never hurts to try!

http://baseballintheattic.mlblogs.com/

Hey D,
I like the idea of getting incentives, gives bloggers something to try for if they are so inclined. I know I pick certain Rockies games to go to based on what they’re giving away. I don’t think that makes me less of a fan, it just makes going that much better. I definitely like the video idea. How fun that would be.
(Here’s my alternate caption to the other one I sent you. Female doctor to male doctor, “They’ve discovered the gene that makes people want to do this for a living”

Don,
Nice job with the rankings! I hope to remain in the top 5 as well. I really like all of your ideas as well.

You know how October Gonzo was on all of those commercials last year proclaiming “There’s only one October!”. I think that we could use “Great Idea #4″ for that. That would be really fun. And I really like the idea of having the first few lines from the blog in the updated MRA section. It would give people an incentive go go check out blogs.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

You know Don,
Mark is getting pretty busy right now, maybe you can get him to make you a assistant to the Professor and help him with the rankings and also maybe bounce a few ideas off each others noggins.
Great ideas.
I can personally say I am just happy to be listed. I am the only Rays blogger that seems to get ranked consistently, so I am in a bit of a pickle. But I know that there are a few of them out there just getting their feet wet and might be climbing the charts here soon.
I love the picture idea alot.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Awww you could have at least put a link on my name King of Cali so they can click to my page. lol jk

~ King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

RAYSREN-Thanks, I would help Mark in a heartbeat. Buddy, you ARE the premier Rays blogger…Keep up the great work, people are noticing.
ELIZABETH-Thanks, the Gonzo spot would be perfect.
R-LUV-Too funny. Thanks for the backup on my ideas. You’re right , it would make things fun. Fun is good.
BASEBALLINTHEATTIC-Thanks man, welcome to the Rant. I’m digging on your blog. The Mike D picture is sweet.
DIAMONDDIVA-Let me say welcome to the rant and I love your name. Congrats to you on your ranking…D

Sorry KofC-I’ll fix that right away brotha…D

Been away for awhile…I’m flattered to read your comments.
Thanks, bro.
“Happy”

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

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