The Babbling Bison

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It’s time to think about the best use of our BillsMafia blog during the off season. We have great writers who donate their incredible expertise during peak times throughout the season. We will continue to provide the best content in that regard from the incredible folks willing to donate their time for the cause.

However, the off season is a challenge for seasoned professional journalists to find exciting topics to write about. Bills Twitter is blessed with a host of incredible journalists and bloggers who dig up stories that enrich our lives on a daily basis.

There are so many websites, podcasts and media presentations available providing fans with any kind of data about their favorite sports teams they seek to find. We’ve come a long way from the days of Larry Felser (RIP to the greatest ever) and early editions of the Shout! magazine.

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As Editor-in-Chief for the #BillsMafia blog, I’m not really interested in adding one more blog solely focused on rehashing what others do a much better job of covering, especially during the off season.

Over the past few years, we featured many fan stories and they have been well-received by readers. I’ve asked for more stories numerous times recently but haven’t found anyone willing to share their story at this time.

Keep them coming, folks! This is a great way for us to get to know one another. If you’re interested in sharing your story, all you have to do is contact me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO and I’ll be happy to give you details about how to share your fan story.

Also, during football news “down times” I will likely post a weekly babble column. I’m intentionally not going to structure it in any way and just go with whatever babble of the week crosses my Twitter timeline and/or my feeble brain. Stay tuned.

I would also like to know what kind of articles/coverage you would like to see during off-season down times. Please contact me if you would like to write for the blog and/or have comments about the best use of our blog.

And finally, I’d like to leave one piece of babble for your thinking pleasure today. It would be great to see a more concerted effort to be kinder to one another on social media. A good friend recently lamented she was giving up trying to “defend” BillsMafia on Twitter because she was trolled mercilessly by fans of other teams.

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It’s a good reminder to curate your timeline if you don’t like the type of interactions you see on Twitter (or any social media). But that’s not enough. If each of us took the time to respond to others with kindness and respect instead of hostility, it would go a long way in making our social media world a much more positive experience.

It’s extremely difficult to communicate complex thoughts in 280 characters, so Twitter in particular is a difficult platform to navigate, especially regarding nuance. It’s too easy to become a keyboard warrior and the reductionist model on the platform encourages caustic responses. It’s like graffiti on a bathroom wall. Anonymous and often nasty.

Let’s make Twitter a kinder place this April. 

You can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.

About Robyn Mundy

Robyn Mundy is Editor-in-Chief of the BillsMafia blog at BillsMafia.com. She's a retired oncology nurse & psychotherapist who loves to write about her life-long passion for the Buffalo Bills, and occasionally something of clinical or social relevance. Robyn lives with her husband Gary and their dogs in the foothills of the glorious Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Robyn is also a proud founding sponsor. Follow her on Twitter at @robynmundyWYO.

2 Replies to “The Babbling Bison”

  1. Robyn, I always enjoy your articles and have responded in the past. I would enjoy seeing some feel good articles on players who donate their time to helping others and to their communities.. We constantly get bombarded with so much negativity about players hitting women, drug abuse, players getting in trouble with the law etc that we need some positive stories to off set the bad ones…

    I don’t use twitter but I can only imagine what goes on as I see it on the Bills Mafia site on Faceback and other Bills sites.. The vulgarity and the meanness continues to escalate each and every day from the “Key Board Gangsters” . It is not only from the trolls from other teams but with with Bills Fans themselves..

    Many are still bashing the drafting of Josh Allen and many still think that Beanie and McD are bums even though you can see they have a plan in place and are building for the future.

    Have a great day and a big Thank-You for your contributions.

  2. Hi Goose!!!

    Thanks for your kind comments here. I think your idea about featuring the many good works our players are involved in is a terrific idea!!! Guys like Lorenzo Alexander do so many things in the WNY community. We’ll definitely look into how we can get that done!

    Always glad to see your comments here. Have a great day and thanks again!!!

    Robyn