Aug 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
Don’t worry, you didn’t stumble into the wrong place. This is the same Nats Insider blog you’ve been reading for the last four seasons. It just looks a little different.
Yes, the talented folks at CSNwashington.com have done a redesign of the site, shifting to a new blogging platform (to WordPress, from Google’s Blogger). I think you’ll agree the site has never looked better.
It’s amazing to think about how far this whole endeavor has come since I first launched the site on Feb. 1, 2010. What began as an independent blog operated by one sportswriter who had no web publishing background whatsoever — funded by the generous support of hundreds of loyal readers — was then purchased by Comcast SportsNet in January 2011 and redesigned two months later.
Along the way, the number of articles published daily has increased (thanks in no small part to the tireless work of Chase Hughes), the number of comments posted has dramatically increased (thanks entirely to all of you) and the look of the site has become more professional (thanks to folks at CSN like Greg Schulteis and Brian Hartz).
Now comes another upgrade, one that may look slightly familiar to many of you. This redesign matches up Nats Insider with many other blogs already from the NBC Sports family, including Hardball Talk.
It’s a much more user-friendly design. As you see, there are now three “Top Posts” listed at the top of the page. We’ll do our best to keep the most important posts up there, so you won’t have to scroll down the page to find any news you might have missed.
The commenting function is improved, as well. You can now respond directly to other posters instead of simply adding a new comment all the way at the bottom of a particular thread. The actual comment-posting procedure should also be easier. You’ll only need to register an account with WordPress, a process that literally takes 30 seconds to complete.
Now, there may be a few glitches along the way. We may lose some comments from the last couple days in the transfer over to the new platform. But we’ll be monitoring all this as best as possible and respond as quickly as we can to whatever crops up. If you have questions or problems, you can always email me at email@example.com, and I’ll be sure either to respond or forward your message to someone else who can help.
Thanks as always for making Nats Insider what it is, and for helping it to evolve and grow over the last four seasons!
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