Blog: Please, Please Tell Me Now...Was It Something He Should Know?
(originally written 12/23/10)
I blog a lot. (Takes moment to allow readers to recover from falling from their chairs in shock.)
I've been told by practically everyone who's read my stuff that I excel at it, and that I should pursue it—from my English teacher in college to a friend of mine who never compliments anyone or anything except herself.
Without sounding conceited...they're right. I do have something of a gift. I'm not calling myself Herb Caen or Roald Dahl or frikkin' James Patterson or anything, and neither is anyone else. But when it comes to composing original, interesting, informative editorials—well, I got skillz.
It's something that comes naturally to me, like breathing or blinking or checking out women's legs.
And when it comes to the printed work of others—especially my peers—my standards of quality are difficult to meet.
Case in point: A Giants blogging "peer"— a term I use very loosely—who writes for a rival site, known as the King of Cali.
I won't reprint the drivel this guy passed off as an article word for word. The subject matter was absolutely asinine with insight about as poor as a Haitian quake victim. If that weren't bad enough, the word "don't" was typed "don". Aaron Rowand's name was spelled "Rownad". Sentences went on for days without the basic punctuation. You know, like commas.
For fear of puking, I'm avoiding returning to his page to copy and paste any excerpts. Basically, it read like the below re-creation:
"The Giants Brian Sabean knew he neded a shortstop having lost Juan Uribe as a free agent who signed with the Giants biggest division rival Dodgers. With Miguel Tejada a free agent who used to play for the Athletics it only made sene to get Tejada who can play multiple positions and has been a past shortstop before."
(It blows me away how he spelled "Tejada" and "Uribe" correctly, but not "Rowand" or "don't".)
It was shoddily typed—what program/interface lacks "Spellcheck"?—poorly constructed, and failed to make a coherent point. I felt embarrassed that YardBarker, a network that receives the top Giants' blogs online via RSS and groups them together on one page for smooth, fast viewing, placed that garbage on the same page with my carefully-examined, redacted effort.
I couldn't help myself—I left a comment for King, saying he "could use an editor".
Should I have said it, or just kept my fingers shut?