Welcome To TheBlueJaysNation.com!

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Does today seem like a good day for new beginnings or what? The Blue Jays have officially opened camp down in Dunedin, Florida, taking the first steps on their path towards defending the American League East title they won last fall, and my coverage of the club has moved into these splashy new digs! Welcome to TheBlueJaysNation.com!

Here, get pumped (y’know, before the video gets taken down)!

Big changes like this are scary, I know, and it might take a couple of days before you start to get used to the new look and feel of the place — it will for me, too — but I can promise you that this is a great thing that’s happening here. I’ve joined forces with The Nation Network a tremendous independent, Canadian network of blogs that, in addition to a bunch of great behind-the-scenes stuff for me — you’ll still see my freelance work elsewhere, the podcast is sill the podcast, and I no longer have to look at my dumb face every damn time I go to the site — will be allow me to make this the best possible site it can be for Jays fans, too. I have a budget for other writers, for example. There will be weekend content! And I can spend less time worrying about SEO, dealing with ads, swimming around in code, etc. etc.

In other words, I’ve now got a great amount of support that just wasn’t there over this last year on my own, and other than that, it’s going to be business as usual — only better!

And this is just the beginning.

Some housekeeping:

Now, for those of you who comment regularly, this means another change, and signing up (for free) with the Nation Network (and check your spam email if you don’t get an authentication email back within a minute or two!). I’m sorry to those who might bristle at that — and don’t be afraid of the comment moderation stuff you’ll see, just avoid swears for now, and I’ll work on trying to change that (otherwise I’d never get a comment through myself). And not that you were going to, but don’t worry, all my previous content will be accessible again soon through this site — I mean, how cruel would it be to zap all that hard work into dust just because of a URL change? Ho ho ho. Annnnywho, please forgive whatever growing pains we might experience in the next couple days, be sure to change your bookmarks (though AndrewStoeten.com will permanently redirect here), exclude this domain from your adblocker, and otherwise, enjoy the new site! I know I will. Now let’s talk Jays!

  • AJ, Breakfast Army Fan

    Awesome, congrats Stoeten!

    My reaction to the comments, starting on page 1:

    1. WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!

    2. This comment format [effing] [stinks]!

    Getting Disqus back or something similar would be great. Going through pages of comments is annoying. This format also isn’t mobile-friendly like Disqus is. Of course the ability to curse should be required as well!

    But let’s be honest, I’d put up with any format to talk with you wonderful people! I also think it’s a good a time as ever for a new username… if I can ever think of one.

    Go Jays you [a-holes]!

  • Brainojack

    Ive always hated sox nation and leafs nation, but perhaps I can get behind this. Goodluck with the new site stoeten, cant wait for the new season and your coverage

  • Wow…to reiterate what others have said, how are you to have a conversation coherently on here? Oh wait…
    Please bring back the threaded comments. That was the best part of the old site. Well…that and content.
    Great to see familiar names here. Hopefully this will somehow be sorted or adjusted to. That or I’m going all 90s old school and finding a good Jays forum on Mirc.
    I’ll come for the Stoeten,and the fantastic people that debate baseball intelligently while flipping tables and posting gifs, teaching me to see how to appreciate baseball and the jays that much more, but will miss his personality in the old site.
    You sold out brother. Congrats in a sincerely positive way. Enjoy the fruits of your labour and don’t lose your passion Mr. Stoeten that made us love your writing and thus, made us love the jays even more.

  • nocramps13

    Regarding the new format. The djf/Stoeten site was a wonderfully enlightening and somehow intimate interaction between Jays fans from many different angles. The ability to carry out conversations in real time during games was a thing of joy. Unless I’m missing something, I can’t see that being replicated as things stand now. I’ll try it out but right now ‘single tear’.

    • Whitman, Price, and Haddad

      The aesthetics and UI of the Nation Network in general are bad. Though, they won’t stop me from reading Stoeten’s or TLN’s content. Context > aesthetics, but a responsive web redesign would be very nice.

  • (Redacted)

    Spring training is here so I decided to stop by my favorite source of Blue Jays things and I’m taken to a weird and wonderful new land. I’m kind of uncomfortable and scared and it smells funny but I see familiar names so I think it might be OK. 🙂 Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great winter. Looking forward to another fun season.

  • GSMC

    Congrats Stoeten!

    I don’t comment often, so the comments section doesn’t bother me. Glad to see your content hosted at a great site.

    I have been reading DJF and its iterations since the beginning, but have also read hockey content on the Nation Network for years. I find the writers of the Nation Network to be a similar bunch of snarky, insightful, generally thought-provoking and hilarious bunch that you will fit right in with . . . even if bridging from hockey to baseball.

    Congrats on your continued evolution . . . and “nice catch” to the Nation Network team!