New Site Updates

For as long as I can remember, I’ve gotten horrible migraine headaches due to the weather. If it’s raining, there’s about a 70-80 percent chance that I’m going to get a headache. If a cold front is moving in, or a warm front in the Spring, I usually get one.

In the last week it was in the 70s (Monday), snowing (Thursday), and raining pretty much every day from Friday through Monday. Today it’s back up near the 70s, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it rains frogs tomorrow.

So as you can guess, I’ve had a migraine for almost the entire week, with the big one hitting yesterday. This caused me to go to bed around 8:30 last night, wake up at 3 AM with the headache still bothering me, and when it finally wore off after some more Excedrin, it was 4 AM and I couldn’t get back to sleep.

The result? The updates you see on the blog. Now sitting in front of a computer screen is definitely not the best cure for a headache, but when going to bed before 9:00 doesn’t work, nothing will. So last night I threw together a new logo, created a new Features section (I update those sections almost every day, so I wanted to draw more attention to them), and I added a few other things.

One thing is the subscriptions at the top of the blog (on either side of the banner). The first one is Twitter. If you’ve got a Twitter account, you can add the blog and be notified when there is an update. I also live in close proximity to Lynchburg, and plan on going to see Pedro Alvarez play this year, so you will be able to receive updates from me at the game on my Twitter page during those games.

The other subscription is an RSS feed, which allows you to subscribe to the blog with a feed reader (I use NetNewsWire). This will alert you when a new post goes up. Both services are free, and are easy methods to keep track of the blog (although Twitter is the only site that will keep track of updates to the features).

The other thing I did was organize the “AddThis”, “YardBarker”, and “BallHype” buttons. These are bookmarking tools that I use to promote the blog on other sports sites. If you’re a member of any of these sites (Digg, Yahoo Buzz, YardBarker, BallHype, Propeller, Reddit, or any others), and you like a particular post, feel free to give it a vote on your site of choice.

I’m also considering bringing on some contributors, so rather than just being a blog with my thoughts alone on the Pirates, the blog would include input from other Pirates fans (which is fitting, since it’s called Finally, I’ll be setting up a link list to other Pirates blogs, and I’ll be sending out some e-mails in the next week to several Pirates blogs to see if they’re interested in a swap. If you run a Pirates blog and you’re interested in a link swap, send me an e-mail at: tim at buccofans dot com.

Now I’m off to watch the episode of 24 that I missed last night…

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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