DON’T FORGET TO DONATE :-)

UPDATE: I hate to keep this post front and center, because I don’t like to make it seem like I’m ungrateful for those that did donate, but there were only a couple of people that did and I thought that maybe it was my long-winded post about all of the cool changes I made that bored you guys 🙂  

I think I will only come out and ask for donations at the beginning, ASB and end of the season, so you don’t have to keep hearing about this from me!  Not that you can’t donate other times, but I won’t be making a “push”.

So, for those of you that didn’t lose your job this year, or are on food stamps, etc., if you could spare some for the site I would really appreciate it!

I just wanted to quickly update you on some of the changes I made to the site over the off-season.  I worked really hard to improve the site for 2013 and would like to see what everything thinks about the updates.  Here are some of the “improvements” I’ve made with the money I received in donations:

  • BRAND NEW SERVER: This was the #1 major change I made in the off-season.  Hopefully each of your memories are short-term, and you were disillusioned after such a terrible season that you didn’t notice, but the last couple weeks of September the RWO site was horrible when it came to speed!!!  Pages wouldn’t load properly, it took forever to post comments, etc.  I was quite frustrated (not to mention it happened at the end of the season right after I posted my “Donations Please” drive :-)!)  So, I decided that I couldn’t handle another season on the current server hardware and went out and upgraded us to a new platform.  For those geeks out there I moved the site from a shared hosting server to a VPS.  I think you can agree that the site is WAY faster at loading, posting comments, etc.  It was a VERY long process moving the site over, but I’m extremely happy with the purchase and feel that the donation money went to a good cause!
  • ADDED A RATING SYSTEM FOR PRE/POST GAMES: I really wanted to have a ratings system last season, but didn’t get to it in time and it didn’t make sense to have one 1/2 way through the year because it wouldn’t be complete. I like the idea of us rating games before and after, to give a historical perspective of what we felt at the time.  I also changed the thumb up/down to a star rating and put those ratings in a box showing what the top comments were for each post.  I also have the top games of the year, based on our ratings, and feel this will really be beneficial if we get a lot of people rating games after they are played.  Then we can look back and see what games really stood out to everyone as the best of the year.
  • ADDED A CALENDAR / UPCOMING EVENTS: I wanted to have an easy way to view what was coming up.  I liked the idea of an Event Calendar for our site.  I preloaded the whole season of games and put it in the sidebar.  It is also OPEN TO ANYONE that wants to post an event.  Just send me: WHAT, WHERE and TIME and i’ll get it on the calendar.  If you guys want to meet somewhere before a game, let me know and I’ll post it.  I could add the feature to have you guys post your own events, but that would require an upgrade to the calendar ($75) that I didn’t have to spend…I do recognize the colors are a little hard to read right now.  I need to fix those soon before people start losing their eyesight trying to read stuff!
  • UPDATED THE SITE FOR MOBILE PHONES AND TABLETS: This is something I REALLY wanted to do last year, and believe me I TRIED!  I even paid a couple different people to get this working on the site, but they failed!  Well, it is finally working now and it looks pretty good.  Sadly, the plugin is pretty powerful, but the way I have the site laid-out it doesn’t display perfectly. I wanted it a lot like the Inside The Rockies site, where you could see the post and a red circle with a number of how many comments there were.  At least it is viewable on a phone now, something that wasn’t done last year!  I’ll keep trying to fix this so it is better!
  • CLEANED UP PAGES LIKE NEWS, GAME DAY, FB/TWITTER, etc.: These pages were driving me crazy because they didn’t show just a few lines/image of the article with a link.  They showed the whole thing!  So, it was ugly and disorganized!  Plus the Twitter/FB links weren’t very cool.  Well, now everything is much better.

So, that is what I’ve been up to, how about you? 🙂

I just wanted to thank each of you for your continued comments and support.  I love this site and the group we have here.  It has been a lot more work than I was expecting, but it has completely been worth it!  With help from those that do write-ups for me during the season (JEEM!) as well as your donations that really help offset costs, it has been a great ride so far!

Please let me know what you think and if you’d like anything added to the site to make it even better.

A quick note about money.  I was hoping that I would get enough money monthly on Ad’s to keep the bills covered without needing any sort of steady donations, but I was a bit to optimistic as to how much money Ad’s bring in.  Let’s just say I made enough in Ad’s last month to pay for a medium soda at Wendy’s.  Not even a large.  I really don’t want to add more advertisements to the site, because I think it detracts from the information and look and feel of things, and I don’t know if it really would bring in much more money having more ad’s.  Perhaps if you guys would tell others about the site, maybe they would enjoy the Ad’s enough to pay some of the bills? Just click on the Twitter or Facebook links for pre/post games to spread the word.  I’d also love to get more people that love the team and could add to, and enjoy, the atmosphere around here…

Also, don’t forget to donate if you have some spare change lying around.  I burned through my reserves over the winter on three position players at center field 😉

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OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

Jared, the RWO site and your efforts have been WAY beyond my expectations! The good news is that I plan to semi-retire next month so I will have more time to diss your favorite player SPARLPLUG, however that brings the bad news in that I will have fewer resources available for donations. Irregardless GREAT JOB and I will send a few pesos your way soon!

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

BTW did I miss your Alana Rizzo interview, or were you just teasing here to be sure that I keep reading RWO so as not to miss that up coming Q&A with Alana?

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

JD-Your efforts have been spectacular, this site is one of my first stops with a cup of coffee in the morning during the season. To my fellow posters here, you all make this a great, passionate, considerate, and respectable community who are all baseball nerds pulling for our own “Mudville nine” day in and day out like myself. Lots of fun. If our guys keep up the quality starts, more fun is in future…but we’ll see….LOOOOOONG way to go! I… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

The site improvements are just great. And the smartphone function! Your efforts, jaredean, are so much appreciated and I haven’t said so enough, if ever. I loved Inside the Rockies and the continuation on RWO is of great value to us fans. Your write-ups are really interesting and well done. I’ve been coming back more lately because of the negativity on the Denver Post forum (it’s been fine while they were winning five – HA!) Also, it felt a little… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

You are not alone…I just don’t post much

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Nope you are not alone! Gramma of two here!

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago

I chose the gender-neutral moniker Bat Cat in honor of my cat Dexter (named after #24), but will now confess that I’m a girl. I took the winter off because of my disgust with the ownership. But the 5-game streak has me drinking purple koolaid again.

Maybe this question was addressed when I was on hiatus – the Rox have had 2 former Rookies of the Year as managers. Can any other MLB teams can say the same?

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

I’m alive and well and do check the site multiple times a day. Like Bat Cat, I was down in the dumps over front office, ownership, etc. and was a little afraid my bad attitude would infect the site! But I remained quietly hopeful and optimistic and now look! A good start for the team. Reasons to be hopeful: our starting pitching has been more than decent, Tulo seems healthy, love Rutledge (maybe I’ll rename my cat Josh?? It’s Tulo… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

They can’t option Brignac to the minors because he is out of options. He would first have to be designated for assignment and pass through waivers (unlikely) before he could be sent down.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Guess I may have to rename my kitty. Do you think she’d like to be Cuddy? LOL

Welcome back, Bats! 🙂

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Jardean— Congrats on the upgrade. It looks great. New and improved, just like the Rockies. Just my luck that this week, when I’m in town, the Rockies are out of town. Of course a bit too cold to play tonight. Rockies come home Monday for 10 days, just as my wife and I are going out of town to see the grandchildren (and their parents). My son-in-law is a Mets fan and it seems that every year he gets excited… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I did lose my job, but as soon as I get my houses sold, relocate, and start a new job I will celebrate by sending a donation. Until then I will use this site as my smiling time during this mess. (Don’t worry, I can find a job with my skill set and experience…it’s just a matter of where.)

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