Living for Pageviews
When clicks are more important than content: Just wanted to drop a note of praise for Joe Eskenazi's Bleacher Report article ["Top 5 Ways Bleacher Report Rules the World!" feature, 10/3]. I wrote for the site in 2008-09, and I "resigned" (as much as one can resign an unpaid, "volunteer" position) less than a year into it. It became evident very quickly that a site billed as fan-driven news was skimping on quality and gorging itself on pageviews.
I think Eskenazi nailed the cognitive dissonance that is Bleacher Report: recognizing the brilliance of its business model and its impact on the media landscape, but knowing that it mass-markets drivel and debases the value of actual sports coverage. Cheers to a great piece!
Bleacher Report is not alone in seeking attention from the curious: Great article, but I couldn't stop thinking about how this article (URL included) is essentially doing the exact same thing as Bleacher Report: using SEO to maximize clicks out of curiosity, interest, or pure loathing (why I ended up here). I guess SF Weekly took Bleacher Report's success to heart and is attempting to put it to use. Call me old school, but I still prefer great quality over massive quantity and hyperbole.
Measuring how quickly someone leaves the site says just as much: The restaurant industry has McDonald's, so the news industry has online "news" sites like Bleacher Report and Business Insider. Love them or hate them, millions of people consume their content all the time. I think lots of clicks are immediately followed by "close this window," but I don't think anyone measures this.
Tough to Capture
Shining a light on elusive story: I must applaud Albert Samaha for such a well written article in the 9/26 issue, and also for laying out the Wilfredo Reyes and Edwin Ramos story, which I knew very little of until he laid it out so well ["Hiding in Plain Sight," feature]. Thanks for informing the people of the Bay Area on the details of this elusive story.
Fellow San Franciscan
Blog Comment of the Week
Reader reminds voters the race isn't over until the ballots are in: This presidential debate was a reminder that Barack Obama's re-election is not as certain as many people would like to believe ["Debate 2012: Romney and Obama Attack, Jim Lehrer Loses Control — the Media Room View," SF Weekly Staff, the Snitch, 10/4].