Once again Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown has inspired me to riff off of one of his thoughts and add my take to the mix.
Right before the Thanksgiving weekend I was writing a series of posts about the great cards that Gavin had sent to me when I won a prize in his World Series contest, but now I'm going to combine showing off the fourth part of those prizes (Game Four if you've been following the prize post series) with my thoughts on his blogger cliques commentary.
The approach I'll take is by grouping this batch of prizes into cardboard "cliques" made up from their respective sets. Leading off are a clique of Dodgers draft picks...
|Holmes is looking good as a first round draft pick and prospective power arm.|
He mentioned card bloggers branching off into cliques, and that's true, as we all tend to clique up in whatever social situation we're involved in.
I certainly have a few favorite bloggers that I try to regularly read, and I base those on how consistently interesting they are. I don't need a blog to read like the Great American Novel, but as Steve Martin said in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (which is my personal Thanksgiving tradition), "Here's an idea, have a point."
As far as what other blogs I read, that's based on my admittedly shallow skimming of title and photo on my blogroll. Sorry, if your post that day is about hockey or football cards, I'm just not reading that one. Of course, available time is also a factor in how many I read in any given day.
Am I member of other blogger's cliques? I have no idea - and are you really in a clique if you don't know that you're included?
The next cardboard clique are tribute cards of past players. I absolutely DIG these cards, and I only bunched them into one scan to show how many G sent to me. Awesome!
|My favorites are the Cooperstown Campanella and Wheat, and Tribute Branca.|
As far as commenting goes, it seems the other bloggers who chimed in on the comments at BCB were all around the map of opinions on whether they comment and why.
I try to comment on other blogs because I really appreciate it when someone drops a comment here on ATBATT. It takes me less than a minute, and it's my way of letting the blogger know his words were read and they connected with me on some level.
I must admit when nobody comments here for a few posts in a row...it does start to feel a bit lonely. Where's my clique????
Next up is a clique from Bowman...
|How ironic that Johnson got a batting photo, because he's the worst batting Dodgers catcher I can remember. His eyes look like they're tracking a shallow pop fly. That's about right.|
Gavin mentioned not reading some bloggers for his own reasons and I can relate, as I can pinpoint one blog that I stopped reading for personal reasons. In case you're curious, it was a racist comment in a blog post that rubbed me the wrong way. I called the author out on it, he never replied, and I never read his blog again.
I suppose that's the risk we take when we go out on a limb and step outside of the usual baseball card topics.
Long time readers of ATBATT know that I write about whatever strikes me, and I will on occasion, stray from writing about cards. For example, I've written about Net Neutrality and race relations here. Generally, it's something that I'm passionate about, so I hope it still offers interesting reading for you all out there.
Recently I've begun introducing my hobbies of poker and craft beers into the blog, and while I may have ruffled the feathers of some cardboard-only purists out there, I sure hope I didn't chase any readers away because of those asides.
|My fave in this clique is my new Nomo!|
|Judd didn't accomplish much in his career beyond being named in the PED doping scandal report.|
|EK don't need no stinkin' bat flip!|
Last ups go to a clique of (pretty much) current Dodgers and some 90's Collectors Choice Dodgers...
Next up will be Game 5, the final post from the World Series prizes - and the very cool customs that Gavin made for me.
Attn Laker Dave, Matt and P-Town Tom: I've replied to your comments on my previous beer review post.
Thanks for reading and don't hesitate to comment...there's plenty of room in my clique.