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:
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
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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If this isn’t your first time reading this blog, you’ve probably seen my “Observing Baseball Icon”. You know, the one I designed and wrote about in this entry. But…for those of you who are too lazy to click the link for whatever reason, here’s the icon I’m talking about:
Now, let me clarify the thing that everyone I have talked about the icon in person with has asked me: “Mateo, isn’t that a logo.” No, it’s not the logo. The unofficial logo for Observing Baseball can be found *within* the icon (it’s the circle with the “OB” in it), but this image itself is not the logo.
Anyway, I liked this icon when I made it during my high school’s senior internship, but now that I look back at it, it’s really cluttered and is too “me, me, me” for my taste and probably everyone else’s. So, with the new year coming up, I decided I have excuse enough to remake the icon. I thought of the basic idea for the logo pretty quickly, so while we were filming the “How to Dissect/Deconstruct a Baseball” video, I explained to Jonathan what kind of picture I wanted him to take for the logo. He failed:
So then I took a picture of him showing him how I wanted it to look–which also ended up being a failure of a picture, but he got the idea:
Anyway, we took the final picture that I ended up using right after that:
I knew I wasn’t going to write this entry until about Christmas, but the day I was supposed to leave to San Francisco for Christmas, I remembered that I don’t actually have Photoshop on my laptop, so–almost an hour later–I had the new icon edited and ready to go:
Then I thought, “How would it look if I went with black instead of white?”:
The I thought, “You can’t see my hand in that one; let me change the angle of the color gradient.”:
Then I thought, “My two favorite colors are orange and green. Why don’t I make those the two background colors?”:
Then I thought, ‘Well, I might as well see what would happen if I used an all-bright-colors background.”:
Then I thought, “Why don’t I make it Christmas colors for fun, since that’s coming up soon.”:
Then I realized that I probably should have darkened the red in the logo, because red and green are complementary colors, so I did that:
And then I thought I should go to bed and stop messing around with color schemes in the computer lab.
So, I ask you, my dear readers: Which would you like to see the most as the icon for Observing Baseball moving forward? Vote for your favorite in the poll below:
And as always, vote for which entry(s) you would like to see next if you haven’t. ( I know it’s annoying, but it’s just in case someone new comes along whenever. I don’t want them to have to go back like five entries just to be able to vote for the entries of their choice.):
I guess I should mention that with this entry coming out, there will be still three more entries coming out between today and January 1st. They will be published three days straight. So they will go December 30th, December 31st, and January 1st. The last one, however, will just be me publishing the stat report that WordPress sends out at the end of the year. It should be interesting for all of you guys regardless, though, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
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