Writing about baseball is the second best thing there is. Only playing the game is better, no matter the level you play at. But when you are not able to play anymore it is nice you still can write about your favorite sport.
As the followers of this blog will know by now, I love to write about baseball. I love to dig into the history of the game for information that I can use for my blog posts. Sometimes when I find some very useful information that I use in a blog post, I think that the article may get a lot of hits. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t at all.
At the end of June, I dug into the history of the predecessors of baseball. It took me a few days to write the article “Baseball” through the Ages. I really thought that it would be a hit. On the contrary. In total, it got a whopping 21 hits. I think it is funny how people can have a totally different view on this.
On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised today when I found out that my “Baseball Shorts” article about the “Duracell Rule” easily surpassed a hundred hits. I did not expect that to happen. Once again, followers had a totally different view on this.
The most satisfying blog post that I have written so far is the one I wrote about the Copper Country Soo League, a minor league that existed in the early 1900s. It looked like two leagues with a similar name were existing next to each other. Several sources said the league was recognized by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, meaning the league was founded earlier. Other sources stated the league was founded in 1905. Eventually, I bumped into a newspaper clipping that made all pieces of the puzzle come together.
When you read this, you may think that I am writing for the hits or attention. That is not the case at all. Sure it is nice to get some acknowledgment and of course, it is nice when a link of an article written by yourself can be found on the website of MLB; it serves your ego for sure. But the most important reason I write this blog is that I like to write. The most important reason I write in English is that I like to write in/ speak foreign languages.
But there is another reason why I am writing. It is a nice outlet when you are having a bad day. The past months have been pretty rough on me. Some of you know what happened, most of you don’t. Since that is a private matter, I won’t spend more words on it. But writing for my blog helps me to deal with it.
Another thing about my blog that is important to me is if you are having a good time when reading my blog posts. If you are having a good time, I am happy too.
Since 2014, I have built a group of followers of almost 1,400 persons. Sure there are blogs with many more followers than the Dutch Baseball Hangout. But in general, they are existing longer than my blog. So with a bit less than 1,400 followers, I think this blog is doing a pretty good job (sometimes you have to give yourself a pat on the back 😉 ).
So I would like to thank you followers and others that read my blog on a regular basis through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler or Reddit. Next to the fun this blog is giving me, you guys/gals give me the inspiration to continue.
And last but not least, I’d like to thank the advertisers. They help me to cover a part of the costs (travel, fuel, internet subscription). Without them, it would be harder to continue with this.
I hope I can continue to write this blog for many years to come so you can enjoy some serious and lighthearted baseball stuff.