Published: January 3, 2012
Big changes are coming to Hornets247, thanks to feedback from all of you
That’s right, readers. It’s a brand new year, and a fresh new start for Hornets247, as we continue to make this site more user-friendly by listening to your recommendations. You have asked for more content and we are more than happy to oblige. As you have undoubtedly noticed, we have added more video to the site, showcasing some pre- and post-game interviews, along with some practice footage. We are also adding some new writers, as James Grayson, Mason Ginsberg, and Jake Madison have all joined the Hornets247.com team to share their unique opinions and analysis of Hornets news both on and off the court.
But what good does it do to add more content if we can’t organize it? Our goal is to group our content in such a way that readers can quickly get to the pieces that they enjoy and stay away from the pieces that they deem superfluous. We have added a Features page that will showcase all of our in-depth pieces that have become a staple of Hornets247 over the years. We will also have a Writers page that will let you quickly jump to the pieces written by your favorite Hornets247 contributors. Enjoy the existential rumblings of Jason Calmes? Perhaps you enjoy the statistical based logic of Ryan Schwan or the pure homerism of Joe Gerrity. If so, you can just spend a Sunday afternoon on their page perusing through all of their articles while ignoring mine.
As I mentioned earlier, Video will be a huge part of the new Hornets247, so it will all be on one page for those of you who are visually stimulated like myself. We plan to fill this page with interviews, film sessions, and unique pieces that celebrate both the team and the city of New Orleans. We have added comedian and future owner Chris Trew to help us out with that last part specifically. Our Podcast page will be the one stop shop for the non-award winning ‘In the NO’ series hosted by myself and Ryan Schwan. Over the next year we plan to feature more guests so that your ears can be saved from my nasally voice and Ryan’s incoherent Dungeons and Dragon’s babble.
Finally, we will have our Game Day page. The most asked for feature, by far, was a live game day chat for all Hornets games- similar to the ones we had during last year’s playoffs. With our growing staff, we now have the manpower to make Game Day a truly informative and interactive experience, with previews, ESPN integration, Live Chats, and real time photos, commentary, and analysis.
To make room for the new, we will have to do away with some of the old, however. For instance, I will be stepping into more of an editorial role while the new voices of Hornets247 will be responsible for game recaps, previews, and weekly features. Also, Journals are being moved over to HornetsReport.com and the News section will slowly be reconfigured. The goal of these changes is to focus on quality over quantity as we continue to evolve this site with the help of all of our readers.
Thank you all for your feedback and support, and I wish you all a Happy New Year.