After hours of hard yakka, soul searching, research, aggro and creative constipation, Maxie and I are finally pleased to reveal the all new, all singing-and-dancing new TFT. It’s been a few weeks in the making, but it’s finally done (for the most part). And just in time for the Ashes too. Hurrah!
We hope you like our new look. We might tweak the odd thing as we go along, but for now it’s pretty much there. Let us know if you encounter any teething problems.
So what’s new? Basically it should be a lot easier to navigate, read and comment. We’ve gone for a magazine type theme so it should all be pretty intuitive.
The main development we’d like to tell you about is The Tavern. This is our brand spanking new cricket forum. It works like any other forum. You can start your own discussions and generally talk about what you like.
We hope this leads to more chat and instant reaction to twists and turns during The Ashes. If something controversial happens as play progresses, start a thread about it!
In the past, the onus has been on Maxie and I to start a new discussion (usually with a main article). This has worked ok for the last couple of years, but inevitably there are times when events move faster than we do. Now there’s no need for us to lead the debate. You guys can just pile in.
I’m hoping this will lead to more discussion about things Maxie and I simply don’t have time to keep up with – particularly country cricket, events in your club games, squad announcements, injury news etc. It enables readers like you to play a more active role and help create the kind of blog you want.
If you want to talk about new laws and regulations, or a particular player that’s impressing you, just for for it. Talk about the weather if you really want. We’d like to hear a broad church of views.
So there we go. A new era for England (cliche alert!) and a new era for The Full Toss. Thanks for all your support over the last few years. Let’s try to make this blog a great place to be.
Before I sign off, I’d also like to thank my old colleague James Colmer who did a great job designing our new banner and logo. Cheers mate!
We’ll have lots of new articles for you over the coming days as The Ashes approaches. Look out for tomorrow’s interview with 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones. I spoke to him on the phone last week and recorded the conversation to share with you all.
Bye for now. Thanks for dropping by.