I’ve mentioned this before in the Bullets, but I want to make sure to give folks as much opportunity to see it before we flip the switch. This is *not* a major change, but still – just seems right to give the regulars a heads up on the transition.
At some point soon-ish (I’m working on the logistics behind the scenes, so I can’t give a precise date yet), we’re going to change the home page at BN to include all three of the sports we cover (baseball, football, basketball). It’ll be one Chicago sports home page, instead of the current three, where the “home” page is just Cubs.
HOWEVER, if you don’t want to go to that combined page, no worries: there will be a Cubs page, looking and functioning exactly like the current home page, and you can just update your bookmark URL to bleachernation.com/cubs once we make the switch (ditto Bears and Bulls). For you Cubs-only people, everything will be the same on that page – just a different address. Oh, and I’m still the main Cubs guy and all that jazz. It really is an insignificant change for folks who just dig the Cubs stuff, but I want us to better integrate all of our coverage on the home page and in a single installation of our content software.
About that second part: There is one side effect of this change that will annoy some of you, and I’m sorry about it, but it’s the way for us to get all our stuff in a single software installation. The old “category” groupings you currently know will be going away – “Enhanced Box Scores,” “Cubs Rumors,” “Analysis and Commentary,” etc. – because the new categories for a single installation will be the sports (i.e., “Cubs,” “Bears,” “Bulls”). With apologies, this single installation setup is something I want very much for our operations behind the scenes (it’s just going to be so much easier), and sacrificing categories is a necessary evil.
We researched how much the categories were being used, and although “Cubs Rumors” does get perused a bit, the rest basically don’t get used at all. For many of you, you probably don’t even know what I’m talking about. But, for those few of you who are dedicated “category” users, I am sincerely sorry about the change – you’ll have to scroll all the Cubs stuff now in one group.
In sum: for most people in most situations, there is nothing changing at the site at all. For folks who want ONLY Cubs stuff, you’ll just have to start going to bleachernation.com/cubs instead of bleachernation.com. For folks who were using the old category labels, I am very sorry that they are going away. For folks who dig all the sports, now you can scroll on just one home page instead of having to toggle around to multiple places.