2012 in review: Observing Baseball

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. That was a sentence automatically inserted. But this here is me, Mateo, writing. With this year of 2012–during which a ton of people mistakenly interpreted the end of the Mayan calendar to say that the world was going to end (the Mayans never predicted anything near that)–closing, I’d like to thank everyone who reads, comments, and generally supports this blog for doing so. It’s nice to see that people wan to read my junk, and I do appreciate it.

Anyway, what you are about to read is a statistical breakdown of what happened here at Observing Baseball in 2012. First I must whore my own entry, though, so if you want to check out the same thing from last year, click this link. The amount that the blog itself, and thus the numbers of the blog, have grown is absolutely ridonculous. And that’s not me–or at least I hope it’s not me–that viewed the blog five more times than in 2011 and commented way more times. (Well I did comment way more times, but it was because you guys were commenting way more times and I was replying to them.)

Now that I’ve done that, let me tell you that I’m not the only blogger who got this report and wanted to share it with the world. Here are the blogs that I follow or could find that have made their reports public. (Yes, I actually did go through MLBlogs’ top-50 trying to see who had made their reports public.) First let’s start with the blogs I follow that published an entry about their report. (If you click the name of the blog, you will be taken to their entry about the report):

1. This is a Very Simple Game…– I was the number three commenter on her blog in 2012 with 29 comments. Woo-hoo! If you think I’m lying you can double-check it by checking out Kristen–that’s the name of the author–‘s report 😉 (I had to add in a bit of her style to make this a true “Simple Game” plug.)

2. Dodger Blue World– Number three again. This time it was with 25 comments. (If I left 29 comments on Emma’s blog, I would have been tied for top-commenter on the site. But, alas, the year was fleeting and I can only be so obnoxious with my over-commenting streaks.) Si piensas que no fui numero tres en terminos de comentarios, puedes asegurar lo en la entrada de Emma. (Again, had to throw some Spanish if I wanted it to be a true Crzblue [her nickname is Crzblue on account of her love/healthy obsession with the Dodgers] plug.)

And here is a stat report I came across because I follow the blog’s author of Twitter:

3. 9 Inning Know It All– I actually just started following Mr. Randolph. I saw that he posted a comment on the “Latest Leaders” entry in the MLBlogosphere page asking if there were any other bloggers out there who were on Twitter or anything like that.

Finally, I have the link to this last one because the author, Nick Badders, told me he was going to publish his entry today. I don’t have the link to the actual entry he plans on publishing about it–nor do I want to ask him for it since he’s probably asleep right now–but I figured he had already made his stat report public, so I got the link to link to. If you want to check out his entry when it comes out today, here’s the link to his home page and you can just keep checking back until he publishes the entry. Update: Nick has since posted his entry, so if you want to check that out, the name his blog is now linked to that:

4. 7000 Coliseum Way– I actually didn’t make Nick’s top-commenter list, but I assume I was just on the cusp of it. If you want to check out the entry where I talked about the radio show I did with Nick, link to that here. Oh, and by the way, the entry that Nick posted is by far the longest of any of these. How long? I have never written an entry that has more words than the one he just published.

And here are a couple of blogs that have posted the annual reports since I wrote this entry:

5. A View From the Bullpen– This was one of the two blogs written by Wayne Peck that I talked about in my last entry, remember?

6. Ballparks on a Budget– Go check it out; it’s free. (See what I did there? I’m such a dork.)

And now here are two more that published after I made that last edit. The latter of which isn’t technically his annual report, but Tony Voda did do his 2012 year of blogging in review:

7. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife– Yay for the use of multi-syllabic words and rhyme in the titles of baseball blogs.

8. Plouffe’s New Hairdo– I’ve referenced Tony several times in the past month, but if you didn’t catch any of them, he is a fellow Minnesota-based ballhawk.

And another blog entry that has since been posted, which I came across as a result of me following the author on the Twitterverse:

9. If You Write It, They Will Come– It isn’t the actual stat report, but Brad goes over his 2012 season in baseball and such. He was one of the proud few Fan Cave applicants who were selected to go to Arizona, so it really is something to check out.

And yet another one of the blogs I subscribed to has posted an entry, so here’s yet another addition:

10. Minoring In Baseball– I just barely made it onto Mike’s top-commenter list, but I was only two comments away from the number 3 commenter.

And yet another update. Wayne published the annual report from his first blog, so here’s that link as well:

11. Collection of Baseball– See description of number 5 A View From the Bullpen.

And another late entry comes to us from Chris Hernandez, who you may remember from various Yankee Stadium and Citi Field entries:

12. The Ballhawker– I came in third in terms of commenting by just one comment. ( I forgive him for using the wrong agent noun in his title.)

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 40,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Again, thank you, and I hope you have the awesomest 2013 you’ll ever have.

Proofread (I’ll explain this in my next entry, which, by the way,  is about New Year’s Goals/ Resolutions and will be up tomorrow when it is 2013.)

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    • Mateo Fischer

      Kristen- Thanks. You made it easy, though. No one else has such a distinct style, so I just had to talk about how much I did/didn’t comment on their blogs this past year.

  1. crzblue

    Another fan here of this year’s review. Kristen and you mentioned the number of words, but I could not find that. That is OK though, probably blabbered too much.
    Felicidades Mateo! Thank you so much for being part of my top 5 commenters! Que tengas un prospero Año Nuevo. Gracias por el *plug* 🙂 -Emma

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