In light of today’s news  the Washington Post would begin carrying content from The Bleacher Report, I thought some of you might get a kick out of the following piece of unsolicited correspondence, dated December 19, 2007. You know, back in the halcyon days before the entire newspaper industry gave up.

Hey Gerard,

I saw your recent post titled “Not The Proudest Member of the Yardbarker Network” and I wanted to get in touch to invite you to join us at Bleacher Report.

Bleacher Report is an open-submission sports network that houses a community of knowledgeable sports fans, bloggers, and journalists (not that the three are mutually exclusive). Joining can be a great way to further build up your online reputation, get additional exposure and feedback for your writing, and drive traffic to your blog.

Unlike Yardbarker, we don’t ask you to litter your site with ads or force you to promote lowbrow content on your blog. Instead, what we do offer is a great community of independent sportswriters that write typically high-quality analysis as a catalyst for discussion and debate. If you’re looking for a bit more of a high IQ experience than you’re getting with Yardbarker, we might be a good alternative.

It’s dead simple to sign up and just as easy to start contributing. You can even paste a couple lines of code into your blog template to automatically syndicate posts from CSTB to Bleacher Report”with links back to the original.

If you’re interested in hearing more, let me know and I can hit you up with some additional information. Looking forward to hearing back and hope you decide to give us a try.


Dave Nemetz
Bleacher Report