Beginning tomorrow, almost all of the Red Sox content Marc Normandin, Matt Kory and I produce will show up at Over the Monster, SB Nation’s Red Sox blog. The Beacon has only been in existence for nine months or so, and it’s not going anywhere, but we’re excited about the chance to analyze Red Sox baseball for a much broader readership. What follows is our rationale for the move, and our vision for this site moving forward.
We’re really excited about where SB Nation is headed directionally. Jeff Sullivan and Rob Neyer are doing a terrific job on the SB Nation Baseball front page and some of our very favorite team sites sit in the network, including OTM. Personally, I have no commercial aspirations at all when it comes to baseball writing, but if I am going to take time to do it, I’d rather people read my work. Traffic numbers were impressive given how young we are here at the Beacon, and the trend was our friend, but OTM offers many, many more eyeballs. Moreover, we find SB Nation’s multiple rounds of venture funding from some of the most reputable early stage investors out there affirming.
As for this site, we plan to have it live on as Boston Sports Beacon. We have many details to work out, and the site’s direction will probably change dozens of times in the coming months. But the vision is clear: we want to be a choice destination for thinking fans interested in the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, Liverpool FC, the New England Revolution, those random bocce courts over in the North End, Boston College, the Deutsche Bank Championship, local golf more generally, the Boston Marathon, Hockey East, The Head of the Charles, you name it. If it’s sports related, has anything to do with Boston and there’s a thoughtful or provocative angle to be fleshed out, we want to be on it. There won’t be much structure for a while, but, slowly but surely, we’ll amass quality content. If we can tackle the content component, from there, the format will take shape.
In order to execute against this plan, we of course need contributors. I have a Celtics piece swirling about in my head that hasn’t had a home. Now it does. If you’re like me at all in that you love Boston sports, you love thinking about Boston sports, and you’d like to write about Boston sports, hit me up (redsoxbeacon at gmail dot com). I’d love anyone interested to come forward. We will probably start with some Bruins coverage in the coming days and take it from there.
Red Sox Beacon has been a lot of fun. We started this place because we thought there was a bit of a gap in the Red Sox blogosphere. Now, at OTM, we get to write for many more people. Meanwhile, the Beacon isn’t going anywhere. Keep checking back if other Boston sports interest you.