With both NHL and NBA playoffs in full throttle, Bloggeries is looking at a sports blog today, and this sports blog is known as the Southern Sports Beat. Here the sports junkie will find all that they need to know that is sports, as this is the place where four opinionated bloggers write about every sport imaginable. To see this for yourself, take a moment to look at any of their recent bloggeries: Hockey Playoffs; Why the World Should be Yankess Fans; Please Save Josh!!; Diamonds are Forever, and so is Ric Flair; The Future of Duke Basketball; One Shining Moment; and The Greatest Final Four?
The blog is fairly young and so at this point is all about content. Thus with little blog meat the blog is easily navigated. Bloggeries are right marginalized and there is a left navigation system. Bloggeries are in black text on white background and links are highlighted in orange. In the left navigation system you will find a Sports Poll, Pick a Topic Pick an Author Menu (Categories Menu), Links Menu, Recent Visitors Widget, and Archives Menu. The Categories Men is comprehensive where you can do just as it says, meet any of its authors – Bigdog, Hot Route, Jeff, or Justin; or read about any sport – Liberty Patriots, MLB, Nascar, NBA, NCAA Basketball, NFL, NHL, or WWE. Each bloggery is associated with a relevant sports related picture adding meaning to the blog.
This blog will get a 3.1/5 for this review, and this score is largely attributed to the blog’s youth. There is very little blog meat and content within the blog, and for a new blog, this does not bode well. The blog scores well on appearance with a clean and well organized template. For navigation the blog does okay, though a few more blog essentials would spice up this blog. The blog for example has healthy activity from its readers with many comments coming in with every post, thus a Recent Comments menu would be some great blog meat the blog could add to connect with its readership. Activity is weak at this point, for a two month old blog there is very little activity. This blog could beef that up with playoff season in two major leagues in full swing. The blog also needs a healthier About Page, or an About Page in general and again, this would serve the purpose of connecting with its readership. Right now the About information is in a short paragraph located below the header. Using an About Page to recognize and profile its contributing Authors would add a tremendous appeal to this sports blog. Overall, this sports blog looks comprehensive and offers definite potential to the sports fan. With a few tweaks, this could be a very successful blog, even in the off-season.