I’m sure you’ve noticed that there have been some changes to the look of the blog in the past few days. In essence, there’s a lot of the blog that has looked the same going on 15 years. Just to stay with the times, there was needed tweaking, not overriding. Longtime commenter, Hap Wheeler stepped in to aid in small improvements to provide a little eye candy. With the help of another longtime commenter, Davy Godfrey, and his pal, Bruce Bishop from Fleas Tees, we created a new logo that represents the atmosphere that we’ve come to know and love these past 10-15 years. The new cream color represents the nostalgia of Braves Journal that coincides with the classic look of the Braves alternate home jerseys. The blue stays true to the blue that was present in 1979 when Phil Niekro started 44 games and pitched 342 innings (not a typo) of 3.39 ERA baseball. For me, it was important for the blog to stay true to its roots of being the original by looking the part and I hoped that thought translated to the design.
There’s also been some content changes as we try to grow the blog a bit and attract new regulars. The recaps are wonderful to create content and conversation with the regulars, but it’s not what’s going to keep people coming back. We’ve seen an influx of interest in Braves Journal these past few weeks as our numbers are up and people are most definitely noticing. Also, some people that were regulars on the site a few years ago are back and are regular commenters again and that should make us all happy. However in order to attract new people to the site, we need added content. Don’t freak out. We promise to keep the same bar-like atmosphere and won’t water-log the place with article overload. The idea is to have anywhere between 12-14 posts a week. The game recaps will not change and will stay in place each day until around 2 PM eastern time. At that point, we want to provide some added content that has a wide range of available topics:
- Player Preview
- Player Review
- Player Breakdown (Struggling or Soaring)
- Braves History
- Top Prospect Performers
- Prospect Lists
- Minor League Updates
- Player Breakdowns
- Draft Reflection
- Draft Breakdown
- Braves News of the Day
Rob and I both have full-time jobs (and I’m sure most of you do as well), and while we can likely get 2-4 pieces done between us per week, we need some help with creating content. If you are someone that could have some expertise in some of the areas above, please let us know. We’d like to keep the writing in-house a bit, but if we don’t have any in-house bites, I’ll ask some buddies for a little help.
From there, we’ve wanted to expand Braves Journal into the world of podcasting by doing precise 30-minute recordings that someone could consume during a commute to work and/or during a lunch break. We aren’t there yet as it requires some extra time that neither of us have, but if anyone is interested in helping out with this area, please let us know. It is the next aspect of Braves Journal that is on my checklist to get going.
BIG NEWS FOR BRAVES JOURNAL REGULARS!!!
But the big news! WE HAVE APPAREL! We didn’t go full steam ahead with the idea quite yet, but we worked with Bruce again, owner of Fleas Tees, to make another logo that represents the history of this place and this is what was produced:
The shirts are “Canvas” which is a high quality shirt and the sizes run true but are fitted. If you’re a person that likes your tees baggy, it might be beneficial to upsize your order. As of now, we only have men’s sizes ranging from Medium (6), Large (10), XL (12) and XXL (6). If they go fast, I can re-order through Bruce and likely have another shipment in within a week. The cost is $25 per shirt.
Contact for Purchases and/or Interest in Writing
Email me, Ryan Cothran, at cothrjr at hotmail dot com if you are interested in purchasing a tee-shirt (I’ll be collecting payments via Venmo this time but want something a little more professional if the idea takes off) to help support Braves Journal or if you are interested in helping write a piece or 2 per week on some of the topics mentioned above.