To recount what I mentioned in my last blog, the guys of Faith and Fear want readers who like to read, because they will make their readers do just that. Read. In fact, rain delay days can sometimes be the only ones that may lack a hefty dose of wordage.
Not only do the length of the blogs themselves set Faith and Fear apart, but so does the range of discussion. Instead of just discussing the outcome of the game, Prince and Fry are pros at humanizing the Major League Baseball experience. In a recent post entitled “The Archetypal Game,” writer Jason Fry sets the scene of him and his son Joshua at what would be Joshua’s last Citi Field game of the season. Fry uses tags well in this scenario by utilizing the tag “Fathers and Sons.” It seems very specific but captures the charm of what these two writers seek to present to their audience.
When compared to less niche options like ESPN or Yahoo Sports, the guys at Faith and Fear will provide much more detail about a Mets loss than a casual sports fan may be looking for. For the diehard fan, it’s just right. When taking into account other Mets niche blogs like Metsblog or Amazin’ Avenue the major difference when comparing Faith and Fear is aesthetics. Considering the individual blog posts specifically, Metsblog and Amazin Avenue include photos, video clips, and graphics in their posts. As a whole, Faith and Fear includes none of these components, however, Prince and Fry do include links to outside content. In terms of interaction with readers via individual blog posts, Metsblog will sometimes include components such as polls or questions to gauge the interest of its readers. While Faith and Fear also does not include these factors, the writers make up for it with their constant interaction in the comments section. In the screen grab below, Prince quickly responds to a reader’s inquiry.
Overall, the individual posts themselves are what set Fair and Fear in Flushing apart from traditional coverage of Mets baseball or Major League Baseball in general. Readers do not come to get a box score, but they come for the true, unadulterated fan reaction. Above all else, the writing makes this happen.