December 10th, 2010
Back in August, 2009, Daniel Shoptaw, of C70 at the Bat contacted me, asking if Boston Red Thoughts would be interested in participating in a new group of bloggers, with the goal of increasing the interaction between blogs from all teams, not just Boston blogs.
As I am always interested in reaching out and getting to know other students of the game, I joined the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) as Blog #41.
It’s been over a year, and now the BBA is about 230 blogs strong, with chapters for every team in MLB. And not only the specific teams are represented–if there is a baseball angle (pro, college, women in the sport, history) it’s represented by a BBA Blog.
And we are not only a group of bloggers, every year we hold elections, voting on major awards for each league such as the Willie Mays Awards (Top Rookie) Good Gossage Awards (Best Reliever), and the Walter Johnson Award(Best Pitcher), to name a few. In addition, the BBA Membership also votes for their choices in a Hall of Fame and All-Star balloting at those times of year.
Want to keep up with the BBA? They have an official website , can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba. And Members of the BBA do not only write blogs: Members of the Alliance may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes. And, if you have an iPhone, you can download the free BBA app (Droid is coming soon!) here…
Some new changes this year, as the BBA continued to grow, is the creating of separate voting chapters for each team, each headed up by a Chapter President. I am honored to be the first President of the Boston Chapter of the BBA, which consists of 8 Red Sox Blogs, including Boston Red Thoughts . We did our End of the Season awards this year in the democratic process, where everyone got a vote, which were then compiled by me, and then published, by at least one of our blogs.
Being a part of BBA has been a great experience for me. I have met and had the chance to interact with so many great bloggers and baseball experts all over the country. I hope that someday, we will be able to hold a BBA convention, where as many of us as possible can gather, meet, and exchange ideas in person.
Have a blog? Interested in learning more about the BBA? You can contact Daniel Shoptaw at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have…
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