Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Books on Baseball: State of the Union

July 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

It is hard to believe that it was only about 4 months ago when the first article was published.  The article itself is clumsy and non-descript, but the importart part was that I had started.  You see, I kept kvetching to my wife about doing a blog to the point where she finally said stop talking and start writing.  So I did…

Within this short window of time, the amount of fine-tuning and learning that has occurred could fill volumes.  The support of the BoB readers, both here on the website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter has been fantastic and much appreciated.

[If you are reading this and have Twitter, click on this link immediately and follow BoB.  Thx]

During our brief run in the blogosphere, here are some of “our” accomplishments:

  • Published over 100 articles on the website, about 450 posts on Facebook
  • Have been linked to from several large popular on-line columnists,
  • Have added our first contributing writer — Jason Miller, with plans to add several more soon.
  • Have picked up over 3,000 friends on Facebook!
    • Included among the FB friends are a number of celebrated authors and past and present MLB players
    • Gathered friends from over 20 countries, including Jordan, Croatia, and Egypt,
    • FB audience is about 80% men and 20% women.
    • The older FB cohorts (geezers like me) interact on the site at the highest rate (a counter-intuitive finding, I think) ~ 3x the rate relative to their population.  Youngest members have the least interaction, inversely at about 1/3 their rate in the population.
    • Women and men interact at about the same rate.
    • Achieved a 4 out of 5 star rating on FB relative to the amount of interactions per post.

None of the above would be possible without your kind words and continued support, both on the website and Facebook.  Thank you.

BoB’s goal is to use the Books on Baseball website and Facebook Page synergystically to create a multi-layered experience.  The primary entry point for most people has been Facebook where we use FB posts to provoke dialogue around a current event or some other “quick” topic.  The website articles are longer, containing pictures, videos, and sound where possible.   However, we always also post the website articles on Facebook as well.

So, if  your entry point is FB, you can link to the BoB website content. On the other hand, if your entry point is the website, you can click a button to the right to go to the FB page.

Within the next couple of weeks, we will be putting out a survey link to solicit your ideas for improving the website and Facebook page. 

However, in the meantime, if you have any feedback or suggestions, you would like to give, good or bad, you can email me at

Thanks again,

Mark Ahrens


2 Responses to “Books on Baseball: State of the Union”
  1. John Sharp says:

    I enjoy coming to the BoB site.

    I finished reading Jim Hawkins new book…Al Kaline: The Biograhy of a Tigers Icon, and recommend it to all baseball fans.

  2. Mark Ahrens says:

    Hi John. Thanks for the feedback. Would you like to do a book review on the Kaline book. We regularly feature guest book reviewers under the “Your Turn” theme. It doesn’t have be any certain length since we will include pics, video, sound etc. to make it multi-media.

    If not, no worries.

    Take care,


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