So I’ve been a bit spotty with posts over the past few weeks, and I really wanted to at least do a “content” post this week, but something came up!
For quite some time I haven’t been super happy with how the stores information was laid out on the site. The goal of NHMTG is for a single site to contain all of the information needed to service the players in New Hampshire. Sure, we were kinda doing that before, but not in a very good way. Displaying daily events was bad before (though it’s not really getting better), and the information on the stores page wasn’t very good (nor was the layout). So here’s what’s going to happen over the next few weeks:
Daily Scheduled Events
Many of you may remember the sidebar on the right. Yeah, the one that is gone. There was a time where that included a list of the events that were maybe happening that day. It took me a ton of time to set it up, using a pretty mediocre plugin that created a database of events going out for about 100 years or so (because free plugins have issues with offering recurring events). I think this didn’t help much with the speed factor of the site, wasn’t very nice to look at, could easily be inaccurate, and when it was determined it was it was super annoying to change anything.
So my solution? Scrap it! This means there is no longer a list of what’s going on today for scheduled events. But how will players find out where they need to go in order to play Magic? That’s easy! The newly revamped stores page (warning: still a work in progress) has links to each store in state (errh, 4 stores in state currently) and on the individual pages it includes their weekly schedule.
The stores page will eventually be changed. To something. I’m still working that out. But the real news on this front is that each store is getting their own page that has their address, contact information, their weekly schedule (note: when these become inaccurate, it’s up to somebody to tell me so I can fix it), and a list of any competitive scheduled events at that store. I’m not super happy with the way the competitive events are handled, but that’s something that I may be able to work on once I do the legwork to get everything set up.
Yes, regular content is very hit or miss. My ability and interest in doing things waxes and wanes, and a lot of that comes down to how much I have going on in my personal life, work life, Magic life, and Judge life. Some things always end up suffering due to a lack of time (or the fact that sometimes it’s nice to just be able to relax and be lazy). I know in the past I’ve mentioned that I wanted to be better about this, and I still do, but it’s a work in progress. I think a planner should be in my future as a Christmas present, that might help.
Another thing that could very much help is assistance. Do you love Magic? Have you ever thought about writing about it? I am always in the market for guest posts OR regular content providers, and topics are super open so long as they involve Magic. Tournament reports, deck techs, art reviews, a video of you playing flip it and rip it with Eternal Masters packs….
Well, maybe not that last one.
As always, I’m always available for ideas and suggestions.