How MLB.com bloggers are using new features

One of the many great things about our new WordPress.com blogs is the enhanced ability to customize your MLBlog’s look and feel. A number of you already have done some extensive work on your blogs, and we wanted to highlight some examples for those still getting a feel for the new platform.

The Cardinal's BasePhillies Phollowers is a good example of the wide variety of widgets now available. Same with The Heirloom.

Links are handled slightly differently than in the past, and we are seeing some great use of Link widgets in your sidebars. Strictly Cubs Baseball is one such example of good use of the Link widget to highlight favorite blogs, while This is a very simple game takes it even a step further, categorizing the blog links by division.

Kaybee of Unfinished Business is one of the MLBloggers who has integrated her blog with her Twitter account. World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1 put a poll widget in his sidebar for readers to weigh in with their votes.

On the multimedia front, 2131 and Beyond! is showing what you can do with photos in WordPress.com, while the guys at Red State Blue State are kings of all media with their videos and podcasts.

Prose and IvyFinally, a number of you have discovered the wide variety of non-MLB themes available out there. Ashley’s West Coast FanGirl, The Phanatic Addict, Prose and Ivy and Yankees Chick are three great examples of this. And if you want to see an amazing customization job, check out The 1 Constant.

Got any others you want me to include here? Please leave the URL in comments and I’ll check. Also be on the lookout for Latest Leaders to see which blogs are most-viewed.

If you do decide to go with a non-MLB theme, we strongly suggest taking a page from Matt at The Cardinal’s Base and linking back to MLB.com/blogs and/or to this community blog, as you will lose that red MLBlogs Network navigational ribbon atop the MLB themes. And we again welcome all you pre-existing WordPress.com bloggers who have just discovered our new MLB themes. Happy blogging!

7 Comments

I’m digging the move to WordPress, I like it *much* better than what we had with the SixApart solution. I’m still working on tweaking, especially on my sidebar, but I think I’m starting to hit a groove using the new “twenty eleven” theme. I like being able to put a custom banner on the top of the site, e.g. I miss having the “official” look of the MLB themes, but since I’m blogging about a Minor League team, it’s not so bad. And I still have the mlblogs.com address, which is really cool. It’s great to be able to easily integrate things like Twitter directly in the blog. On the old site, I had a bit of a hack as a workaround to getting my Twitter feed to show up. It’s much easier and nicer now. And the ability to have email subscriptions to the blog? Very cool — I’ve already picked up a few subscribers that way. I’m definitely seeing more interaction on the blog since moving to the new format.

Check me out when you get a chance. I’m blogging about the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Class A affiliate for the Marlins: http://hoppersfan.mlblogs.com

Thanks!

THe giants need to quite crying like lil babbies just bc posey got hurt. Its not the first and sure it wont be last. You didnt see the rangers crying and complaining when josh hamilton got hurt trying to slide home’ but i quess the giants think thats ok bc it wasnt there player. The risk is same for both players on a collision at home plate. Maybe more the runner bc there running into a fully padded player. Its not just Scotts fault its also partly of the leg placement that posey’s leg was in and that just makes it an unfortunate accident. And accidents happen in every sport and sometimes cause injuries as alot have been carrer ending also.

All these blogs look great, but I’m sticking with the classic MLBlogs for now. Maybe I just need time to explore word press and figure some of these neat widgets out.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

Lookin’ good, y’all! Like how certain bloggers have tweaked their sites to look so spiffy!
Jeff & Al

Latest Leaders are determined by proprietary Omniture page view tracking within any mlblogs.com domains. West Coast FanGirl is one of many examples of how MLB.com bloggers customize WordPress.com themes and retain their mlblogs.com domain, as part of our partnership with WP.

Great work by everyone! Hey Mark – if we switch to a custom domain, such as redscountry.com, would we still have the chance to appear in the latest leaders?

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