Dear Future Analyst,
Fantasy baseball is the best fantasy sport in the world. I don’t care who you are or what you say, nothing matches fantasy baseball. No, not football. Getting to write about fantasy baseball is something a lot of people are interested in. When I tell you that anyone can do it, it’s true, anyone can do it. It’s really just a matter of what you want to get out of it.
I started my account because one of my best friends ran a Twitter fantasy hockey account. He showed me what he was doing and I had no idea there were fantasy sports on Twitter at all, let alone different communities. When I sat down to make an account I decided to focus on something no one else was, but also something that I thought I would enjoy. I gravitate towards pitchers, always have and always will so that made it pretty easy for me.
After a few months, I saw a lot of people posting their articles and decided I wanted to try and write. When you ask anyone in this community for advice you will hear the same exact line from everyone, “start a blog, write and hone your craft.” They are right. Start something, anything. Don’t worry about the views or the traction on Twitter just keep writing. The more you write the better you will get. The more your write about baseball metrics the better you will get with them as well. It’s all about repetition.
This is where SPStreamer.com comes in. I listened. I started a blog. I wrote. I think to start I had maybe five views per article. But this is how your journey begins, a lot of writing without a lot of feedback. After writing for a while and you feel like you have a solid grasp on what you are doing you can go down three avenues. Do your own thing, write for a website, or do both. I personally went with the last option and am starting to lean towards the do your own thing option. Regardless of what you choose, all options are great and all options can help you become successful.
An important subject to get out of the way quickly here is money. There is no money in this unless you are at the top. This is a hobby whether you like it or not, but if it is something you are passionate about it won’t matter. 99% of us aren’t in it for the money, we are in it for the love of baseball.
If you want to begin and are in doubt of your skills or knowledge, don’t let that hold you back. I might be one of the worst writers in this community. I have never been good at it and am likely just good enough to get by. Writing is something you will continuously work on, especially when it comes to finding your style. I am over two years in and still can’t figure out my style. When it comes to smarts, I’m nowhere near the top in this community. That all doesn’t matter though. It’s all about busting your butt and molding your analysis to become a useful tool for readers and other analysts alike. In life outside of baseball, I know a lot of successful people and they aren’t the smartest or the best at what they do. They just work hard, keep their head down, and let their performance do the talking for them.
A lot of people who are starting out ask me the same question. “How did you grow your following?” Besides being very lucky and getting help from a lot of people, to me, it takes two things.
1) You need to be interactive. Joining discussions on threads and giving your educated opinion can impress and it can lead to follows. Also, get involved with other analysts in the community. This community is one of the most welcoming ones out there. We love baseball and love to talk about it so if you ask something we will help. As for followers, any time someone asks you something, answer. People don’t forget that, especially if you help them.
2) Give people a reason to come to your page. I’m not going to sugar coat it, doing this takes a lot of time and you will be putting hours and hours into your work. In the beginning, I made sure to post three times a day, every day. I made sure to post things I found interesting each and every time. This might be an unpopular thing to say but I am an advocate of keeping your timeline “clean.” Mike Kurland always makes fun of me for saying this. I want my feed to be the information I am providing. People come to my page to see my opinions, not others. I’m not saying don’t promote other people’s work but when it comes to retweets keep them to a minimum. Retweet groups exist and I couldn’t hate them more. When I go to someone’s timeline I want to see their stuff, I don’t want to scroll down through ten minutes of retweets to get to their latest article.
One last thing I want to stress is giving back. If you are new and work your butt off and get to a point where you are realized in this community make sure to give back. People will help you along the way and you should help others on their journey as well. Comment on articles you read, tweet out people you who you think deserve more follows, and always help those who reach out.
Hopefully this helps anyone who is looking to start a journey into fantasy baseball writing. It’s a beautiful thing to go through and can be extremely rewarding if you put in the time. If anyone has any questions please let me know. My DM’s are always open.