Welcome to the new-look Goat Riders
Welcome to the new new-and-improved GROTA website!
Our web designer has been slaving for quite a while in making this blog more reader friendly and turning it into eye candy. You maybe surprised to see that we've changed - well, everything - including our color scheme and banner design. But if you're like me and you like the Cubs blue and red colors, then you're in luck! We have improved the Skins option. Once you're logged in, you can change the skin to reflect whichever layout you prefer. (Note: this option should be up and running within 24 hours, it's all touch and go this morning.)
Additionally, we've decided to make this website less of a blog and more of a community. We'll have Sunday night pot lucks and Tuesday night bingo every week from now on. Well, actually, we've stolen from Hire Jim Essian and added a shout box, and we've also stolen from Bleed Cubbie Blue and, in the very near future, will have an active Readers' Blogs section. That's right - if you want to post your thoughts about the Cubs without having to make the effort of creating your own website, then you can do it here.
More exciting, we're going to try to do this without all the god-forsaken rules. I've learned from experience that it can be tough going to moderate a community. People start to take it personal if readers get unhappy and may be a little quick to click on the Ban Button. On this website, we're going to try to have two rules.
1) No personal attacks. John Doe may have just made the most idiotic post you've ever read in your lifetime, but it's the post that is idiotic, not John Doe. I welcome you to say "John, that's a horrible idea." I would prefer that you don't say "John, you're a horrible person." Rule 1.5) Try to keep personal politics/religion/etc. out of it too. This isn't your pulpit, it's a place to talk Cubs baseball. Hell, we fired a writer because he couldn't adhere to that one. Just try to avoid the post where you stump for McCain or Obama, or the post where you lament that Aramis Ramirez hasn't been traded because he's a chicken killing douchebag. (If you want him traded because he's lazy and overrated, that's a different story and I welcome you to tell us all about it here on GROTA.)
2) None of that thar Showtime/HBO/Cinemax language. You never know who's reading, and you should be able to express your complete rage and frustration at the Chicago Cubs without mother-f***ing the team. I won't delete your post if you drop an f-bomb, but I will step in and edit the swear out. Look at it another way. Maybe you're a great writer and a newspaper/major website is scouting for talent. They come to this blog and love your writing, except you rely on vulgarities as your primary adjectives and adverbs. You think they'll EMail you an invite to try out for their paper/major website/whatever?
In terms of everything else you say and do, I welcome you to disagree with me loudly. I know that we sometimes butt heads with our readers here, but what's so bad about that? We know that we are not the end-all be-all of blogging. We know that we're not the ultimate Cub fans. We're just five or six jerks with a forum to voice our jerk opinions. If you think we're wrong, say it and say it often.
Oh, and if we like your reader post, we retain the right to promote it to the front page of the GROTA Blog so the whole world can see it there. This encourages you to write well, and it encourages us to be lazy and let you post for us. Everybody wins!
Now, there may be a few bumps over the next week or two. We may change a few things, move a few things, and add a few things. As far as I know, and Kevin will correct me if I'm wrong, there may be a third skin sometime soon and we have some interesting things in store for how we link the Cubs Blog Army, along with a few other things. Stay tuned and enjoy the new look. Things are going to get very interesting here and elsewhere in the near future. Go Cubs!