Danica, Earnhardt, Pothole, Y'all

Ron MunroContributor IFebruary 15, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy Chevrolet, and Mark Martin, driver of the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, poses after qualifying on the front row for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 6, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Well I've decided to give this sports writing thing a try.  Seems like everybody's doing it and I hate to be left out.  Of course I realize that writing is serious business generally carried out by highly skilled professionals and is an activity that should not be attempted without proper preparation.

With this in mind I set about doing my research.  In evaluating the work of my colleagues I noticed that some articles get only a few reads while others get thousands.  Digging deeper, like a real reporter, I realized that there are a few basic elements which when included almost guarantee the success of an article.  I'm all about success.

Turns out it's all in the headline.  Who would have thought?  It has to contain certain words, hot buttons if you will, and I, a relative newcomer to the world of bleacher reporting have identified the key ones.  Naturally after identifying them it made good sense to use them all in the same headline.  And being this is all about NASCAR it also seemed like a good idea to throw in a y'all for good measure.

With the issue of "reads" firmly in hand I turned my attention to getting the "likes".  This proved more difficult.  Some really great articles have relatively few, while some really poor ones get lots.  What's with that?  Of course the problem is obvious if you stop to think about it.  It's a conspiracy.  One which I plan to get to the bottom of, by the way.

Until then I have a contingency plan which I shall enact with the reader's assistance.  Quite simply, if you like my article, click "like".  If you don't like my article click "like" anyway.  What harm could it do?  You'll feel good about yourself and make me look like an awesome writer.  Seems like a win win situation to me.

So there you have it.  My maiden voyage, my first faltering steps into the murky world of sports writing.  I never thought it would be so easy.  Skilled professionals indeed!