July 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; American League catcher Mike Napoli (right) of the Texas Rangers makes a catch on a foul ball hit by National League infielder Pablo Sandoval (not pictured) of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of the 2012 MLB All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Let Your Voices Be Heard!

We’re 86 games into the 2012 season and, if you’re a regular reader at Nolan Writin’, you know that I’ve recapped somewhere between 40 and 50 of those 86 games.

Night in and night out I do my best to break down the action on the field, condensing it into something that’s entertaining and easy to read.

That’s what I try to do anyway.

The problem is that I don’t really get any feedback on my recaps. Maybe once or twice someone has said something to me on Twitter, but for the most part this is a one-way conversation.

Hence this post.

The Rangers won’t play again until tomorrow night, so there’s nothing to recap at the moment. Since we’re still in the post-All-Star Game lull, I wanted to ask you, the loyal reader, to let me know what you think of what I do here.

For most of the season I’ve done Moments that Mattered (something like this), but for the last week I’ve done a freestyle sort of thing (more like this).

You tell me what’s working.

Is the MtM getting kind of stale? Should I be more flexible with the number of moments that I select each day? Is this an effective way to tell the story of the game? What about the Random Observation, Apropos of Nothing thing that I added recently? Is that annoying or something that you actually like?

Or should I ditch the MtM altogether and go with what I was doing right before the AS Break? Does freestyle have enough structure or does it seem to meander at times?

Should I abandon both ways of doing things and try a completely different style? If so, what should that style be?

Please, let me know what you want from me. I don’t need the ego boost that comes with a bunch of people telling me that they like my work. I don’t need to be constantly validated or told how great I am.

I just want some honest feedback.

If it’s positive feedback, that’s great. If it’s not-so-positive, then I definitely want to hear it.

Since I’ve been writing about baseball, I’ve always done my best to talk to other fans. I want this to be a dialogue, not a monologue. In this case, I want to know what you want to read when it comes to nightly recaps. Anything you like, don’t like, want more of, want none of?

Let me know!

Livefyre’s a mess, so don’t bother commenting here. Instead, find me on Twitter (@twbbg) or e-mail me at [email protected].

I really would like to know what you think. There’s no reason I can’t get better, but your thoughts would make it a lot easier to do so.

As always, press on, Rangers fans.

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  • Alex Humphrey

    I like the Moments that Mattered format, but recently you’ve added a lot to the end (specifically the “Also of note…” part). Much of the story you tell is in the Also of note part and the freestyle ones you mentioned seemed to just combine the two sections into one big section.

    Not sure which I like better. I think if you keep moments that mattered, you should try to emphasize why they are so much more important than the Also of Note moments. Sometimes also of note moments seem more important than moments that mattered.

    Just my two cents!

  • RangersApologist

    I just found your site, I will read some of your recaps and then give you some feedback.