Site news / notes heading into the offseason
The offseason is in full swing for the Rangers, and I’m sure you noticed a little downtick in posts and activity here. That’s temporary, as I think we all needed a bit of a break from this exhausting season. The last few weeks of the season were especially exhausting, and while it was great for site traffic, it left most of us with a need for a break from the drama.
The content will pick up again with the draft lottery, player report cards, draft profiles, and offseason plans. We are also going to be relaunching the BSB offseason contest, something that Justin used to run annually. It’s taken a break for a bit, as it’s a bit difficult to run. But we will have it again this year since there’s a blank slate to run with and I think the ideas could be wild.
On a more technical note, the site will be migrating once more to a new design. You won’t notice much of a difference, as it will be very similar to what you see today. The reasoning is the theme is a bit more optimized for ad revenue, and I’ve been working with my site host to assist there. Server costs went up ten-fold at the end of the 2019-2020 season, so the ad revenue is needed to keep the site up and running.
Server costs are also the reason why, starting in September, I will be moving the Wednesday 7 Thoughts piece behind a pay wall. Still working through the kinks of it, but it will likely be through Patreon for $2 a month (subscribe here). I’m hoping between that and the new theme, I won’t be breaking the bank on server costs. If you’re already subscribed to the Patreon, I’ll automatically change it to $2 a month.
One last thing: I have spent way too much time over the past month moderating comments. It’s really annoying. I’m thisclose to implementing a comment registering system. If you can’t play nice, don’t comment. Comment under one name – and yes I know when you change your name to pose as someone else. I’ve emailed a few of you, some that have been here a while. Cut the crap, or I will force a registration system on you. The more time I spend moderating comments, the less time I have to produce actual content you guys want to read.