State of the OTR Blog: Looking back, looking ahead

HARLEM — About a month ago, an email landed in my inbox. It was a review of this blog in its first year of existence. Among the highlights: knowing that I drew in readers who Googled “bases loaded paste.”

Anyway, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support, and for taking the time to read. It has been fun hearing from so many old friends, seeing your comments on the posts, albeit under assumed names, oftentimes of people we ridiculed behind their backs. The postings haven’t been nearly as steady as I’d like but that’s something to work on for 2011.

The hope is that no matter how busy I get with my day job, I can still devote some energy to this project as well. That will be tested soon enough. I land in spring training on Thursday with the modest goal of trying to update this blog a few times a week, even if it’s only typing out some random nonsense while I’m laying in bed trying to fall asleep at the end of the day (which, incidentally, is how I’ve generated a majority of the posts this week. Hooray for iPhones!)

Here’s more from my 2010 blog review. In summary, it was a much better rookie blog season than I would have ever expected, and it’s all thanks to you:


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 52 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 5th with 1,238 views. The most popular post that day was A day in the life of a baseball writer (as told through hella Tweets).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bash brothers, marc carig, marc carig blog, bash brothers poster, and bases loaded paste.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


A day in the life of a baseball writer (as told through hella Tweets) November 2010


Derek Jeter, Gold Gloves, and the problem of getting advanced stats into the paper November 2010


About January 2010


The neverending curse of Greg Harris February 2010


Please let me introduce myself… January 2010

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