Welcome back to Baseball Time in Arlington.
Many thanks deservedly go out to everyone who stopped by the new independent iteration of BBTiA during Monday's celebrated relaunch, which turned out to be a smash hit both activity-wise and traffic-wise.
Special thanks go out to Jamey Newberg -- who generously plugged us on Monday morning, and without whose unrelenting guidance and support this project likely never would have materialized -- and the dangerous tag team of Adam Morris and Brett Perryman at Lone Star Ball, who generously allowed us to employ their platform to plug ourselves.
And with those expressions of gratitude now aside, it's time for Jason, John and I to kick this thing into high gear as baseball's hot stove season rapidly nears its apex.
As far as the website itself is concerned, most of the functions are fairly self-explanatory; the Links and Photo Gallery pages require some fine-tuning (check out the latter in particular -- Jason's uploaded some truly one-of-a-kind photos), as does the Authors page. We'll be rolling out additional pages in a similar vein over the days and weeks to come, and the archives, of course, need quite a bit of tweaking due to a litany of formatting issues arising from the transition from WordPress to Movable Type to our new host, Squarespace (which I can't recommend highly enough).
Also, you may notice a new Forum link in the top-right corner of the menu bar -- we've deployed this function not quite knowing how it will be received by the community, but I suspect we'll keep it around as a clearinghouse for miscellaneous tidbits that don't quite fit anywhere else (baseball, football, off-topic, etc.). If you stop by there right now, you'll find a topic entitled "Site Suggestions" where we openly invite your thoughts on how we can further improve our shiny new interface.
Finally, I wanted to extend a special open invitation to our many loyal readers: BBTiA does not currently feature a public registration module (that is, the ability to create your own member account), but what it does feature is the ability for us to create member accounts for you, the reader, which would allow you to log in and easily post your comments under one regular username and ostensibly helps foster that feeling of "community" and so on and so forth.
Quite frankly, I don't know at this stage whether BBTiA will ever grow large enough or powerful enough to warrant mandatory account registrations in order to post comments, but if you'd like an account (and again, I want to stress that this is completely optional), simply send your preferred login ID (i.e. joey-matschulat -- preferably something relatively simple that you already utilize elsewhere), display name (i.e. Joey Matschulat) and password (between 6-25 characters) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Contact Us page on the left sidebar, and we'll promptly accommodate you.
We think you'll like what we're cooking up.