December 10, 2010 has been designated as the first ever Baseball Bloggers Alliance day. Granted, it's not been so designated by anyone on high, just the BBA itself, but it gives members a chance to talk about the organization and what it is doing.
The BBA started up around September of last year. The idea was to get some bloggers from across baseball together, have some interaction, give each other some contacts to help enhance their blogging. Once people started joining, though, the thing continued to grow. Now, there are roughly 240 blogs claiming membership in the organization.
One of the great things about the BBA is getting the perspective of other fans, knowledgeable ones that follow their team with the same enthusiasm and intensity that we follow the Mets with. Following most of these guys and girls on Twitter gives you the complete view of most everything. You'll see both sides of a trade or a signing. You'll hear rumors and see them lauded or shot down. Plus, you get a ton of witty comments and conversations.
To go along with the stated purpose of the BBA, to encourage discussion, we've also tapped into the power of groups by doing our annual post-season awards. When we started that last year, I expected that we'd see a vast difference between our selections (done by a newer, more statistically-oriented generation) and the baseball writers' picks. Surprisingly, both years the two groups have agreed on most things, including all of the major awards. It seems like the writers are moving into the 21st century as well.
Are you a blogger interested in joining the BBA? Drop an e-mail with your pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are some new membership requirements going into effect in January, so be sure to check out the constitution and make sure you are able to handle those. Otherwise, the door's always open!