Why We Cheer Update
For kicks, I have created a Why We Cheer graphic that will be used at the start of every article written by our loyal Goat Readers and friends.
I'd like to thank you all for contributing and we'll be looking for Cub fan stories until the playoffs, at the very least. And so long as people want to write them, we'll publish them here, be it next week, next month, or next year.
I've also been looking for Cubs bloggers to join in. Derek Smart of Baseball Toaster has written his, which we will be publishing a little later today, and we've already gotten posts from Tonker of HJE and Forklift of Hockee Night. However, it does not look as though Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue will be participating. I EMailed him an invitation to join in, along with a request for permission to invite the many members of the BCB community on their fanposts page. Al declined the invitation to submit one himself, citing a story he'd already written for BCB, and he completely ignored the second part of my invitation all together.
It seems to me that there is a fair amount of worry between bloggers about, well, other bloggers. I know of people who have been banned from certain websites for posting links to their blogs in their signatures, and I know even more people who've been banned before they even had the chance to post a single time. I'm not sure as to why there seems to be so much hostility, concern, and even jealousy between bloggers. Perhaps it's an issue of competition - although what are we competing for? Readership? Ad revenue? Or maybe we're all just a little thin skinned and cannot handle a little criticism, be it fair or unfair. Now, I say "we" because I am certainly not entirely innocent here. We've had readers in the past who would respond to an article and say "that's an interesting thought. I've written something similar on my blog here..." and post a link. I don't mind it if people link their blogs here, but at the time I felt it was a little distasteful to solicit readership in such a manner.
Regardless, I'm making the invitation again, this time publicly. If you have a blog and would like to post your story of Cub fandom here, then you are more than welcome. I will happily include a link back to your blog, and I welcome you to post a link of your article on your blog as well.
I'm not innocent enough to think that we'll ever be a happy Cubs Blog Army community, but we shouldn't be so worried about each other that we stifle opinions and forbid links. Unless maybe we're worried that there are better writers out there who may steal our readership, but I'd hardly consider that to be a good reason to do a dickish thing. Point of fact - there isn't a good reason, at least not in my opinion.