The image at the top of the site is what Redleg Nation looked like all the way back in 2005, when we launched this particular little corner of the internet. I know change is hard, but we’ve changed the way RN looks and feels at least three times over the years (this will be our fourth), and I hope each change has made things better for you, the loyal readers. But no matter what the site looks like, not much will change about the content we’re providing. My goals for the Nation remain the same as they were in 2005: interesting Reds discussion, a community of fellow obsessive fans, and very few (if any) ads cluttering up the place.
I don’t want to change for change’s sake, though. There’s nothing wrong with the site design we’ve had the last few years — it had become pretty comfy; it was home — but I’ve been tinkering. It’s all in an effort to bring you the Cincinnati Reds coverage and community that you’ve come to expect from the Nation, but being able to deliver it in a quick and easy-to-use format, whether you’re on a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or on mobile. Mobile, in fact, is how more and more of you are experiencing the Nation these days. We want to serve our mobile readers just as we’ve served our desktop readers for the last 13+ years. The mobile revolution is, without question, the biggest change between how RN functions now and how it operated in 2005.
We are a community, however, and I really do want and value your feedback. I appreciate the comments of those of you who have already weighed in, either here or on Twitter. Rest assured, I’ve read and take seriously every single one of them. Before I make a final decision, I’ll take all of the feedback into consideration.
So…you notice I said “final decision” above. I’ve been tinkering with two different themes for the site. Around midnight tonight, I’m going to flip the switch on the other new design for the Nation. I want to know which you prefer, and why? If you have specific thoughts about either design, whether it’s your preference or not, let’s hear it. Just let me know if you are talking about today’s (Saturday) site or tomorrow’s (Sunday). They’re similar, but with some significant differences.
However the site looks on Opening Day, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that so many of you actually care what Redleg Nation looks like. I’m grateful that you call this place home, and I hope you’ll be here for a long time, even after this messy remodel.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.