I started MetsPlus as a general Baseball blog back in September of 2013. I thought it up on a whim over dinner one night, and forced a few of my friends into what would become a top blog on the MLB.com page.
I’ve announced a few times that I’m going to branch off MLB.com to start a new and add new and exciting features to the blog, but neither of those things really happened. Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of thrilling and exciting features around here, but there are so many times I want to write about what is on my mind, and I can’t write about it because it’s simply not relevant and/or wouldn’t be interesting for the Mets-centric crowd this site is dedicated to.
Recently, a lot of those musings have been about travel, and my experiences with living in New York. I sometimes talk about travel here on MetsPlus, but I’ve come to realize it’s simply not the right avenue and it forces me to tie it in to Baseball, which sometimes I don’t want to do.
So, I’ve decided to set-up a new blog, Niko’s Travel Blog, which will launch sometime in late 2017 to early 2018 as a full-time blog, but there will be some light teasers in the mean time. I’ve even taken the liberty to create a small logo to share with you:
This idea has actually been brewing in the back of my head for years now, and I want it to come to fruition before it’s too late, so I’m thinking, what the heck?
Now, a few of you might wonder what’ll happen to MetsPlus, and I’m happy to report, it’ll only get better, and, more importantly, it’ll be more Mets content.
I believe that with the introduction of the second blog, that’ll leave MetsPlus as the dedicated space for Mets news and information. Here’s a little timeline I have in mind, which is, of course, subject to change:
Late 2017/Early 2018: Long awaited website and brand refresh, formal break-up with MLB.com Blogs.
Opening Day 2018: New Contributors and fans will write some articles on here, as MetsPlus continues to grow as a “fan” page.
Mid-Summer 2018: Streamlined content with mobile application.
As you can see, there are some pretty ambitious goals listed on my timeline, one that I’m going to be instant on following. Frankly, in my dream world, I’d like to see MetsPlus evolve from being a standard edition blog to one with more digital content. I’m committed to print journalism (it’s going to be my major in college this fall….) but there is no secret media is evolving, so MetsPlus will be focused on just that in the coming months and years.