Hey guys....I have several new articles that should hit this week, but in the interim, I wanted to provide you this link of my older work.
For years I wrote realignment articles on the best platform I could find. Unfortunately that was BleacherReport.
Bleacher Report started out as a place fans could write. They allowed people to work on their skills in a variety of news writing formats. I chose to write editorials (sports and the business of sports) under the name "Tobi Writes".
BR offered the opportunity for collaborative writing. Collaborative writing tends to deliver better content in my opinion. (Sadly today, you get me...pure and unfiltered.)
It was a cool home as people training to be editors would take a look at your work and do their best to improve it. (It was a 70/30 deal. 70% of the time I would submit an article and get back a corrected and better worded version. 30% of the time the editorial process was a disaster. I write realignment articles that are densely packed with content. That isn't really what BR has ever been about. So about 30% of the time they would, you know...wipe out a page of discussion on the ACC because "my article was about Big 12 expansion and that was off topic and made the article too long..." I would of course add that back in later...)
The trouble with their original business model was the strength of their original business model --- that everyone was welcome to contribute. Most articles were written well enough to be tolerable, but some articles were just poor articles, lacking any content or more to the point having ill-conceived arguments and unsupported content.
BR editors could edit the sentences, but to actually send it back to the writer and say, "This is unprintable. You need to totally rework this for these reasons..." No. They didn't have those powers.
So bad articles were published because that was the business model.
BR got a bad rep.
After a few years, BR revamped itself. They decided to cut all the bad writers. They knew they would have a huge content drop off, so they hired professional sports reporters for some content.
Every existing contributor with stats (I think it was) the top 20% in readership were allowed to continue writing. Everyone else had to re-apply for access.
I did fairly well, but with a focus on realignment (a subject some love, but most hate), the CFL (not immensely popular in the US), the UFL (a league no one ever cared about), and UNT football (need I say more here?) my stats were not high enough.
I did well. I would guess I was near the threshold. I probably averaged about 3000 reads on my last 10 articles, but BR cut with a scythe, not a scalpel. I was competing against guys giving live breakdowns of UFC fights and whatnot --- to my perspective a type of article totally lacking in content or research, so how could it be deemed "better"? Still, statistically they drew a ton more views.
I felt like my articles were comparatively very well written. The content was covered in far greater detail than other BR writers. I felt unfairly snubbed so I never bothered reapplying.
Anyway, here is my profile page and my article archive from BR. I don't respond to any of those articles anymore, but if you want to discuss ANY of it, you can post questions/thoughts/reviews here.
Here are some (about 10-20%) of the more enjoyable articles (to me anyway) that I wrote there after I signed up 7 years ago...
DeLoss Dodds Watch: Is He Gone at the End of the Year or Not?
Time for Big East and SDSU to Be Bold
Colorado State and New Mexico Athletic Directors Plotting Against MWC?
Will Football Realignment Destroy ESPN's Sports Offerings Next?
7 Steps ACC Can Take to Prevent Being Carved Up by SEC
Tulane?! Go Home, Big East...You're Drunk!
Will the WAC Choose the Four Horsemen or an FBS Future?
45+ Mostly Western Darkhorse Schools That Could Help Save the WAC
Will June 1 Bring News of a New WAC Eastern Division?
Is Boise State Playing the Big East off the MWC ...or Vice Versa?
As Silly as It Sounds, the Big Winners in the New NBA Deal Were the Fans
12 Little-Discussed Schools That Could Make Great BCS AQ Conference Members
Why the Big 12 May Only Add One School...and Why TCU May Be the Surprising Pick
Why Oklahoma and the Pac-12 Would Be Wise to Bring Kansas and Missouri Too
Opportunity is Knocking: Why the PAC-12 should take another run at the Big 12.
SEC Expansion: Would A&M Be Trading Little Brother Tag for Also-Ran Status?
Can Texas A&M Go AWOL on the Big 12 Before the MPs Arrive?
North Texas Head Football Coach Todd Dodge Fired
Is The Villanova Invite a Power Play For Control of The Big East?
UNT Football: Time For Todd Dodge, The Overseer, To Make Some Tough Calls
The Pac-10 Should Add Hawaii, UNM, or even Texas Tech as #12 instead of Utah.
Conference Realignment: It Is Time For The Pac-10 To Sweeten The Offer
Why Exactly Does Baylor Deserve To Bump Colorado From The Pac/SW 16?
The 5 Best Stories on the Big 12 Implosion that no one is reporting.
Big 12's Best Case Scenario: The Death of the Big 12 Conference
Will DeLoss Dodds and Bill Byrne Screw The State Of Texas?
Why The WAC Should Consider a Meaner, Greener Future.
Not Good Enough For The Pac-10?
The Real Killer of the Southwest Conference
When Will Stanford, USC, And The Rest of The Big Five Stop Bleeding Money?
The Non-BCS Conferences Need To Work Together For a Better Tourney Deal
Pac-10 and Big Ten Declare War On Big 12's Financial Viability
Empire Stadium Reborn: Why The CFL BOG Will Insist It Sucks
Bad Stadiums Kill 2 in CAA; Suggestions for Maine, New Hampshire, & Rhode Island
UFL Final Attendance Numbers For Premeire Season In
25 Suggestions to Make NCAA Athletic Programs More Profitable
Will Athletic Budgets be Used to Classify Division I Schools After 2010?
Could Certain Schools Legitimately Succeed as FCS or Even FBS Members?
The FBS Attendance Hall of Shame
What Would Happen If the CFL Failed?
Would The Gang Of 5 Do It Again? Could They leave the MWC for a BCS bid?
UFL moves Locomotives' Third Game Moved to Las Vegas in likely corrective action
Will the UFL's Atrocious First Week Attendance Numbers Sink the New League?
Fix Your Danged Stadium Already! (No. 1: Eastern Michigan University)
Structuring CIS for Long-Term Growth: Step Two: Expansion for Stability
Structuring CIS for Long-Term Growth: Step One: Define Revenue Sources
UFL Coaches Pass Muster... or Do They?
The UFL "Premiere Season": Why the UFL Will Likely See a Season Two
Is The UFL "The Mirror Of Erised" For Frustrated Pro Football Fans?
The CFL in Moncton: A Winning Idea
SFU to Leave Candian Interuniversity Sport for NCAA DII? It needs to be stopped.
Since When Does Roger Goodell Love Michael Vick?