Today’s post is about Oscar Taveras. You can find it here.
If you’ve signed up for an SBN account and don’t want to wait 2 days, leave a comment in this thread with your SBN user name and I’ll manually activate it.
Another note on the move after the jump.
I understand your trepidation. Really, I do. Before I knew about the new SBN, I’d considered the future of this site on several occasions. I’ve almost walked away from blogging altogether on two separate occasions in the last 6 months. I had posts written to just hang up my cleats without warning, without notice. I thought about paying someone out of pocket to manage the blog while I stuck on the content editorial side. I tried to gauge the community’s reaction in a poll. I tried to gauge the other writer’s reactions in e-mails. I anguished over this decision.
Part of this move is, unquestionably, for my benefit. I make no bones about that. Writing anywhere from 5-8 posts a week between two sites can at times feel more obligation than calling. Despite that, there’s still a part of me that enjoys it.
What I do not enjoy, in any capacity, is running a blog. I detest the upkeep. I detest the e-mails from people wanting to advertise. I detest the site upgrades from WordPress. I detest the ambient stress of needing to do these tedious, unrewarding tasks or procrastinating.
But Future Redbirds is important to me. You are important to me. I can’t guarantee that things are going to be perfect at VEB but I truly think that this is the right decision for the blog to continue. I think that the commenting platform at SBN is the best bar none and that, if you give it a chance, you’ll find yourself more engaged in the conversation, not less engaged.
I will not allow you to be overrun by “regulars” at VEB. I will not allow the threads to be filled with comments about TV shows or movies or food. I like those conversations at VEB. I like participating at VEB but I understand that VEB is not FR and that you come here for something different. I have every intention of preserving that.
Moderating conversations on the SBN platform is a million times easier than doing it on a wordpress blog. The software technology is simply superior.
I understand that you’re concerned or, in some cases, upset. All I’m asking for is a chance. If you don’t want to sign up for an SBN account right now, just come and read the articles. Those aren’t changing. Take a look at the comments and see if I keep my promises. If I do, I hope you’ll decide to engage in the conversation. Ultimately, however, that decision is yours and it’s independent of the decision to move Future Redbirds onto SBN.
Again, all I’m asking for is a chance. After 4 years here, I think I’ve earned that.