After a long offseason of waiting, baseball is here again. With it comes a wonderful mix of excitement and uncertainty. Not to mention some fairly significant changes to this old blog.
Those who have visited this site regularly are undoubtedly aware that, in spite of the "Nick & Nick" title that has existed since its inception, I have been essentially the sole contributor for about a year and a half now. Nick Mosvick, who originally alternated daily posts with me, is in Virginia working hard on earning a law degree, and his obligations there make it impossible for him to be heavily involved with this site. His hard work in the past remains an important foundation of this blog and I hope he'll still stop by on occasion to chime in with his thoughts, but the reality is that for now and for the foreseeable future, I'll be running this thing.
To reflect this, and to eliminate the confusion that the original title seems to create amongst newer readers, I've changed the blog's name to "Nick's Twins Blog." Creative, I know. I've also changed the Web address so the site can now be accessed through the URL: http://www.nickstwinsblog.com/. The old URL will still lead you here, so there's no need to change bookmarks, but the new one is simpler. To be honest, I've been meaning to get a domain name for this site for some time and to do away with the old http://twinsfanatnicks.blogspot.com/ address, which I originally thought was quite clever but have now come to find juvenile and extremely hard to explain in regular conversation.
Changing the title, URL and logo (special thanks to Tom Ecker for the new design!) of the blog certainly qualifies as the most drastic change this place has seen in its four-plus years of existence, but it won't really affect the site's day-to-day operations in any meaningful way. It'll still be me posting my inane thoughts about this club and generally getting ripped for overrating Brian Buscher. With that said, I will admit that the frequency of posting may drop a little bit this season. It currently looks like I'll have summer writing obligations with Rotoworld.com, Heater Magazine, BaseballDigest.com, probably GameDay Magazine and possibly Inside Edge. Balancing all that with this blog, a "real world" full-time job and leisure activities will undoubtedly prove to be a challenge. It's likely that there will be weeks where I'm only able to post three times or so, and if that happens please try to bear with me. By no means do I want to neglect my writing duties here, but sometimes it gets to the end of the night and I just don't have the energy to write up a worthwhile post. Especially when the Twins lose 1-0 and strand 12 runners on base. If posting gets to be too sporadic for comfort, I might look into some new possibilities, such as bringing in guest writers or ditching the current formula of posting at midnight every weekday and instead posting at random times of day whenever I get an opportunity, without any set schedule.
Anyway, I suspect most of you don't care much about an ultimately trivial name change to the blog or my personal workload, which is why I generally try to do these "site update" things only once a year. So if you've read this far, I'd just like to say thanks for visiting, and thanks especially to those of you who visit regularly and share your thoughts in the comment section or my email box. Interacting with readers is definitely my favorite part of this whole deal and I've learned an immense amount about the game of baseball through conversations with some of the awesome fans this team has. I'm really looking forward to what should be a fantastic season of baseball. Let's wish the boys luck tonight, and for the next 161+ games.