Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Melancholy And Some Changes

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Melancholy

noun

1.

a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression.

2.

sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.

3.

Archaic.

a.

the condition of having too much black bile, considered in ancient and medieval medicine to cause gloominess and depression.
b.
black bile.
As quickly as I was pumped up to write today by Matthew Cerrone’s (Metsblog.com) answer to my mailbag question at his personal blog, I was deflated by an anonymous internet comment explaining how bad I am at grammar and writing. I answered that comment and take it as constructive criticism. I appreciate the frustration voiced in the comment. I’ll try to do better. It’s not the first time that I’ve heard that particular criticism, although it was generally not directed at something I posted. I think that part of the problem stems from the fact that this site has a professional look, but in no way is it meant to be a “professional” site. At the end of the day, ScalpEm.com is my site to blog about Florida State University sports. Instead of being gloomy about it, I’m being thoughtful. Instead of focusing on what I do badly, I’m focusing on what I do well and what I’m not going to do in the future here at ScalpEm.com.
What I’m Not Going To Do
  • I’m NOT going to be a blatant “homer” at any time. I’m NOT going to get down on the Noles just because it’s the new fad. For instance, I like Jimbo Fisher and I think he will be a great Head Coach at FSU, but most of us need to get over the honeymoon and set our expectations at a more realistic level. The landscape of college football changed significantly over the last decade, but FSU fans’ expectations did not.
  • I’m NOT going to get into a statistics battle with Tomahawk Nation, no matter how many times it is suggested to me. Tomahawk Nation does statistical analysis better than me. DUH. I strongly suggest you check out many of their posts if you are into statistics and analysis.
  • I’m NOT going worry about a “hard” posting schedule any more. I’ve had far too many arguments about this with other bloggers and contributors in the past. A schedule makes me rush things out before they’re ready. Now I’m using the old game developer release date, “When it’s ready.” I’ll post when a post is ready, not when it’s half ready.
  • I’m NOT going to add more writers. Those that are here already will continue to remain here until they choose to leave. I no longer have plans to add additional writers to the site.
What I’m Going To Do
  • I’m going to link to more interesting stuff. There is a ton of FSU news out there, if I find it interesting I’ll toss in some more links here on the site.
  • I’m going to answer comments. I think I’ve been pretty good about that and I’ll continue to do that. I think most comments deserve a response, especially since the commenting traffic here isn’t very high.
  • I’m still going to say what’s on my mind. What’s on my mind might change from day to day. It might be loosely related to FSU. It might be funny or serious. We’ll see.
  • I’m still going to talk about FSU Softball. I like it. In fact, I like it more than FSU Baseball. I just attend more FSU Baseball games because I pay to attend them.
  • I’m forcing comments to have a name and an email address. I can’t respond properly to a comment (via email, instead of publicly) if an anonymous user doesn’t leave me his or her information. I still don’t require registration with the site to comment, but a name and email address are necessary now.
  • I’m going to keep writing, even if nobody reads it. ;-)
Or maybe I just need a Couple Days Off…

Comments

5 Responses to “Melancholy And Some Changes”
  1. MikeNo Gravatar says:

    Hey man, don’t worry about the haters, keep your head up and press on.

    • NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Mike! I’ll keep writing, don’t worry about that. Matt Cerrone made a good point to me, which was that the site is what I want it to be and I can’t control how others interpret it. So what it is, is my place to talk FSU sports. I’ll continue to do that as a independent blogger for as long as I have the desire.

  2. LuvunolesNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes I have those foggy days or those days when an article or comment gets my blood boiling. The trick is to take a deep breath and step away until you can perceive some humor and then delight in answering the critic with more than just the defensive angle or with vengeance. Personally, I think that you have handled your critics with class and information about you or the subject.

    Keep up the good work. I support your decision to have the anonymous give the email address because it will keep the cowards or some of your competitors from hiding behind the words.

  3. JordiNo Gravatar says:

    An FSU fan asked me why I write for this site. It wasn’t offensive or anything, they were just curious. I told them “Because he let’s me write what I want, when I want. If I don’t want to write, I don’t write. If I have something to say, I write.”
    That’s what I like about ScalpEm.com. Trust me, there is no conflict for readers out there. Readers are pretty much settled on what blogs they read at this point (I’m guessing you have maybe a 10% margin of increase – depending on what gimmick you pull out – cheerleaders always works.). There won’t be any massive wave of new readers looking for Seminole news coming online anytime soon. They are already online and reading somewhere.
    If it is here, great, wonderful, and congratulations. If not, oh well. Just do your thing.

    That said, what Matt Cerrone said worries me. He said people read because they either connect or trust the writer. My site is hurting on one of those then, because my daily readership still doesn’t exceed the average kindergarten class size.

    • NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head regarding traffic, Jordi. Occasionally something will grossly violate your 10% guess (the first Jimbotron did), but growth is a pretty steady 10%. You’re exactly write about not having some sort of influx of readers either.

      As for your site, I don’t think it has to do with trust at all. Connection might be the issue, because I think your biggest “problem” is that you’re too smart for your own good. I absolutely love reading your posts at JordiScrubbings.com. They’re witty, they’re varied and they always have an angle on a topic that I haven’t thought about. Case in point, the Boosters post here is fantastic stuff, but I guarantee you much of the imagery went over a lot of heads.

      I sure as heck don’t know what to tell you on that, since I obviously struggle here at times with direction, topics, grammar (evidently) and of course the site’s look. Keep doing what you’re doing though, because eventually the masses will realize what you are doing is smart and entertaining.