February 21, 2007

Suggestions, Advice, and Ideas

I'm busy pumping out a new column for Rotoworld and also doing some NBCSports.com-related stuff, so unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of time for blogging today. However, I'd like to use this as an opportunity to solicit suggestions on a few random topics that have been bouncing around in my head lately. Consider the following as a cross between a survey and me simply asking a bunch of strangers for advice.

  • The physical appearance of this site has always been pretty plain, which is partly due to the fact that I purposely avoid cluttering things up and partly due to the fact that my limited web-design skills make it tough to do anything fancy. With that said, are there any changes that you think should be made to the site's look or design? I'm talking anything from changing the color scheme and adding a right-hand sidebar to coming up with an AG.com logo and switching away from Blogger.
  • In addition to the ongoing Top 40 Minnesota Twins series, I also have several other things planned for the next month or so, many of them centering around Opening Day. Keeping that in mind, are there any special features I've done in the past that you'd like to see in the mix again (for example, the reader-generated Q&A I did last month)? Along those same lines, do you have any ideas for new features that I should consider adding to the mix this season?
  • I've been putting this off for quite a while due to various reasons, but I think it's finally time for me to get serious about buying my own home. As of right now my plan is to remain in Minnesota (because I like my family too much to get away from the snow) and purchase a townhouse (because I don't want to personally deal with stuff like shoveling the snow), but beyond that I'm pretty open to advice and suggestions.

    I'm especially interested in hearing from those of you who bought your first home when you were young and single, because like me I assume you had almost no idea what you were getting into. Hopefully you can help me avoid any mistakes you made along the way. I also wouldn't mind hearing from people involved in the real-estate business, who can offer up some expertise beyond personal home-buying experiences. What should I expect? What should I look for? What should I avoid?

  • Last and least, it occurred to me that an NCAA basketball-style tournament might be the best way to crown a new Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com given the difficulty I've had finding a proper heir to the throne vacated by Jessica Alba and Elisha Cuthbert. I have some "teams" in mind for the tournament, but could use some suggestions for at-large bids to fill out the field. Incidentally, if "stop being such a sexist pig" was one of your suggestions for a new feature, I apologize in advance.

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