You Told Us: Caryn of Mets Grrl
I started metsgrrl.com in 2006 as a way to chronicle my first year as a Mets season ticket holder. As a writer of both narrative non-fiction and fiction (my first novel, B-sides and Broken Hearts, was released in July 2011), I decided to start a blog primarily so I didn't have to keep emailing all of my friends to keep them up to date with my latest baseball adventures. But then people far beyond my circle of friends started reading, and the next thing I knew, I had an actual readership.
Many of metsgrrl.com's readers are expat New Yorkers who miss the days of riding the 7 train, as well as fans of other teams who may not want to get into the nitty gritty of detailed news and statistics from another team, but enjoy reading another fan's perspective. There are plenty of blogs where you can read news, or get the latest sabermetric analysis, but very few cover the experience of what it's like to be a fan, day in and day out, with the accompanying highs and lows. I went to six out of seven games the last week of Shea Stadium, in the cold and in the rain. That's not the same as writing about it from the box score or the tv or radio broadcast.
According to Major League Baseball, women represent 45 percent of baseball fans. I wish that 45 percent of baseball bloggers were women. Things are better now than when I first started, but we're still underrepresented, and it's not because women don't know as much as men. My advice to other women who want to write about sports is just to go ahead and do it. I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but now I regularly write posts that are picked up or linked to by national sports media outlets, and I'm now one of a dozen or so blogs that are accredited by the team. Don't be afraid to try because there are no other women doing it or because you think you can't make a mistake in public. Be transparent, be honest, and people will give you a break. I love that there are other women blogging now who say they got started because they saw me doing it. That's the best thing I ever could have imagined coming out of starting my blog six years ago.