Today I released version 2 of The Baseball Map. I spent many hours of the past weekend rebuilding much of the site (a simple as it was) from the ground up. Building upon much of the feedback I received from my first endeavor on reddit, I fleshed a more useful interface. The map now provides a quick peek at the wikipedia entry for each stadium, a satellite view of the stadium, and users can now even view a sort of web visualization of where the minor league affiliates are located for each major league team. Last night I put the final touches on the site and pushed it live. It’s not perfect, but it ended up looking and working really well. After miraculously receiving a Product Hunt invite yesterday afternoon, I posted my project to the site and am currently in the ‘upcoming’ list with 5 upvotes, only 2 of which aren’t from myself or my friends. I’m pessimistic about getting featured on Product Hunt, but Reddit and Twitter have been easier allies.
As the first side project I’ve worked on in too long, I’m happy to have gotten something built. I’m excited to have been able to get valuable feedback from users and use it build something that they have told me they really enjoy. Even if just one person told me that, the last couple weeks of work would be worth it.
Why reddit for feedback?
- I’ve found reddit is very inviting to side projects, no matter where you post them, and you’ll usually get a decent number of responses within a few hours of posting. What I’m hoping to hear is what value people think this would have. If the answer is none, which it might be right now, I’d be interested to hear if any of the following would add more value for a baseball fan:
- Expanding the data set to include college teams, foreign teams, etc.
- Including a large number of historical locations- including stadiums, baseball landmarks, museums, etc
- Allowing for user submission of these locations
- Allowing for commenting on locations – people could share their memorable experiences at their favorite stadiums, or even provide tips for getting into batting practice early, getting autographs, etc.
- Allow people to check off which stadiums they’ve been to. Many baseball fans take pride in having visited different stadiums.
Questions I still have:
- Should the data focus more on the team or the stadium?
- Are fans more interested in seeing nearby stadiums and learning about the history of past/present stadiums, or are they interested in seeing the teams of past/present? I figure this is something I should figure out right now before I put more of my time into adding more data.
Baseball fans love statistics, so what statistics could I gather about teams or stadiums that would be of interest to fans? This could be things like season W-L records for teams throughout history, or attendance records for stadiums throughout history. Or it could be as simple as tracking internal data, such as what teams have the most user submissions (should I implement a commenting system), or which teams have been clicked/viewed the most. This would create a sort of popularity contest.
I’ll post again when I release version 2. For now you can check out the project at thebaseballmap.com