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Hornets247 Offseason Changes
As the offseason starts to resemble an actual offseason, Hornets247 will begin a period of change to get ready for the coming season and the coming era.
It’s been a wild couple of years, and through it all Hornets247 has survived by proactively making the right changes both to keep up and to grow.
This process is continuing, and it starts now.
We can’t tell you all the things we are going to change, partly because we don’t know them all, but we can tell you there will be change.
Over the past year, asking only once for donations from readers, we took that money, put none of it in our pockets, and delivered the following:
- Upgraded server: more speed, more reliability
- Upgraded site: comment activity, recent highlights, more organization, more custom banners
- Added: Writers, weeklies, season series, new original content
- Season ticket giveaways: supports the team and the readers
- Live text and video: reader interaction
- Guests on podcasts: Hugh Weber, David Thorpe, experts on teams, players
- Insider events: 9,000 STH event, lease announcement, ownership transfer, post-draft press conference
- Media credentials: games and practices
- Photos and video: game day, practices, and special events
- Social media expansion: Twitter, Facebook
- All-Star coverage: Mike was live in Orlando
- Media invitations: ESPN, guest posts on blogs, various radio stations including WWL in New Orleans
- Olympic and Summer League Coverage: Joe and Andrew Vivaing in Las Vegas
Plus: Watch parties, other social events, daily updates during the lockout, more in-depth features, more NBA-level coverage, more Hornets front office coverage, detailed ownership news, CBA analysis, first looks at the ownership candidates, TV deal, attempted Voodoo brand purchase, and Arena upgrades.
That’s not even getting into stuff that falls under Joe’s umbrella, which is extensive on its own.
Now we begin even more changes.
Our social media management will be changing. Our twitter management was designed around having only hundred fans who were interested in some dialog. Despite this, our Twitter presence has attracted thousands. To better serve the current and future followers, we’ll have more writers with their own twitter accounts, and the hornets247 twitter account will handle site news and information, some retweets from the writers, and opportunities for reader interaction, such as submitting questions, conducting polls, and hashtag of the day. We’ll also be using other platforms more extensively.
We will begin the process of a site redesign. Now that the site is on a server with appropriate bandwidth to keep up with our voracious readers around the world, we can focus on the frills. With the changes to what we deliver and what readers expect, we will more clearly differentiate the various pieces we deliver to you. Also, we want make sure the site is at its peak technologically as the team becomes more and more in the spotlight.
We will begin to court sponsors. In order to continue to pay for things like our Olympic and Summer League coverage, we need more money than is reasonable to ask readers for directly. Thus, we will turn to sponsors. You will not be overburdened with ads, nor will our coverage be altered an iota as a result. This move is to expand our coverage, just as our last move was designed to do and accomplished.
We ask those that have been here for a while to reflect on how much the site has grown with so little capital, and how well those small funds were used. Let those answers tell you what to expect if we can land some sponsorship.
And if we do land it, it’s just as much because of our readers as our writers. We’re a good team.
There will be more, of course, and we ask that everyone give these changes time to happen and receive them with an open-mind. They are all intended to give you more of exactly what keeps you coming back.
Some of our writers will be taking a break, some will be shifting roles, and there may be other changes. It’s not goodbye for anyone, so don’t get too excited or too upset.
As always, we’re open to suggestions. Tell us how to get better. All suggestions will be considered.
This is BY FAR the best sports blog I've ever come across and yet you all remain hungry to always improve. I donated last year, filled out the survey & will buy one of the shirts Ryan mentioned on the podcast - why? Because the Hornets247 writers deserve it for busting their ass to provide us with this amazing product for which we get for free. And the fans deserve to keep receiving this great product. I'm truly grateful Hornets247 writers, and for the readers contributing below. It's great to be a fan of the team with THE BEST blog in the league.
BREAKING NEWS: The New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic have not agreed on a trade to send Dwight Howard to New Orleans, according to multiple sources.
Just found the site recently (my bad) and really enjoy it. I also love that it does not "tax" my computer with too many graphics, etc. Can't hard go thru NOL#.com without getting bogged down. Looking forward to the next season's coverage! Thanks Guys!
I hope you guys get good local sponsors. Not just New Orleans local but Gulf Coast local. It would be good to see. Otherwise, keep up the good work.
If Joe keeps promoting Lance Thomas as a viable big man for this team I would like him replaced. Haha. Keep up the good work guys.
Long time Hornets fan here from Jersey City, NJ. I just wanted to tell you that I love what you guys post on the site. I'm constantly checking it throughout the day to see if any new posts/blogs/articles have been added. You guys are very informative and I also follow you guys on Twitter. Keep up the good work, you've got a fan here in NJ!
Keep up the good work guys! I'm not worried about the ads spoiling the site or the podcasts because I'm sure you'll know where to draw the line. Some feedback: I seem unable to register, I hope this is fixed after the changes are made. In my opinion, the site doesn't need to be redesigned. It's great the way it is now. If you could do the podcasts just a little bit shorter, that would be nice, thanks.
I honestly wouldn't mind having to put up with ads if it means that the site continues to grow. I check this site probably three or four times a day, and will also try and contribute more in the comments.
love the site, but can yall not drag out the podcasts. i rarely have 90 minutes to listen and i have a gut feeling that you could cut them done to under an hour and still have the same amount of info.
Never did post many comments. But LOVE this site and what yall do for the fanbase. I believe this site will be vital with our rebuild as a whole. So even thouvh I come two to three times to see whats new. I will try to post more and be more interactive. See great things coming for this site/team/community. And I couldnt be more excited :)
For the most up to date and in depth info regarding the hornets, theres no doubt, this is the number 1 site to go to (world wide). Keep up the good work lads.
For those of you who are Twitter'ers, you can follow me at: @McNamara247 @Hornets247 will be straight laced from now on- no opinions, commentary, etc. I will still give you the rumors I hear, opinions that you either come to love or hate, and no BS commentary over on my Twitter feed. I also plan on being very interactive there and will respond to most/all of your questions.
just want to take the moment and say thanks to you! i'm following your "blog" over the last couple of years! and i got used to check it - even before i check other sites on the net! is great for a hornet-fan overseas to get the coverage your doing! perfect and awesome work! i hope you're not losing your fire and passion! hornets247 - my favourite site on the entire internet - keep it going! peace from overseas
I've always loved this site and have visited it just about daily since the 2010 summer league coverage. I've always liked sharing my opinion on a lot of things, especially basketball. I post under the same name on HR and do so quite often, so if you so happen to enjoy my intake on there and are looking for a writer down the line, I'd love to be a part of the site.
Which writers are "taking a break"? I haven't see as many posts from Ryan this year, and I want more "geeky" statistics from the man. I've been of fan of his since the only two writers on this site were Ryan Schwan and Ron Hitley (Niall Doherty).
The reason I started coming to Hornets247 for about 2 years now, is because If I wanted to get any quality info from ESPN I would have to be an Insider, which I am not. I then found this site through TrueHoop at ESPN. I was amazed with all the free quality information. I now come to this site everyday multiple times a day. I hate the idea of paying for premium content and hope that having sponsors will provide enough money to avoid this, but I am extremely dedicated to the Hornets and this website that I would pay for content. I honestly used to be a much bigger Saints fan but because of this site I am a Hornets fan 1st 2nd and 3rd. I look forward to all changes and thank you to everyone who is involved with Hornet247 from the writers to the followers. I believe the Hornets have the best and most knowledgeable fans in sports. In Dell We Trust
Bring on the sponsorers. You guys deserve it, plus it will only add to the quality of the content when you guys start getting compensated for you contributions.
I don't know if this is possible, but can we have push technology instead of pull so that we don't have to keep refreshing?
This sounds like...change we can believe in? /I'll show myself out In all seriousness though thanks for years of free and amazing quality work that I know will only get better!
Jason, I'd love to be more involved with the 247 expansion. If there are any areas I could be a part of, please email me the details so we can talk. Thanks man!
I just can't stop thinking about this. I would like to get notifications like there are on Apple's new IOS 5. Also, I like how you can know who is currently on the site and the number of people on it. This is a little unrelated, but it would be cool if we could have nonline dynasties in NBA Live (my preference) and/or NBA 2K with each other.
Lance Thomas or AD... who will have the brighter future!?!?!?! Thanks for all the kind comments, all.
I support Joe on that! :) I somehow feel like Lance Thomas could become a regular NBA player if he keeps working hard. He is not very young but he was just a rookie last year. His game feels like Kenyon Martin's game to me.
I love the podcasts. I also can't listen to an entire podcast in one sitting, so I just write down the time I left and pick it back up later. I also love the site. I have been in heaven this summer with all the Hornets activity. Keep up the good work!
I don't have a Twitter account, but I still look up people's accounts; and I googled "@McNmara247" but couldn't find anything.
As long as we're going with that, we could call them the Motley Crue. Tommy Lee could be the mascot and do upside-down drum solos at halftime along with somersault trampoline dunks. :P
I tell you what: noodle on that. At some point this offseason, we will take an inventory of our reader talent and we will use this barely tapped resource of ours. It'll take time, but we'll get there.
Having refereed fan posts (for quality, not content), is something I want. Plus, we added writers... it will happen again, and there is a whole internet out there. Keep dreaming AND working and you have a shot.
Knowing who is on the site is something I like from HR (that's who I was referring to, if unclear). My Kindle's spell-check messed up (does that a lot). I meant to say "online", not "nonline".
yeah, is there a way for us to be notified on comments on blogs that we've commented on? Would really like that. Similar to ATH
Jason, I was on ddl a couple nights ago and talking with joe. He said there were a couple writers on this site who got 800 on one section of the sat. 1) were You 1 of them? 2) (side note just wondering) where did you teach?
On being an educated and dedicated fan. It all starts there, but it never ends. (no problem, I got what you meant)