In less than a week, I'll be in Viera, Florida, covering Nationals spring training for the third time. But this one is going to be a little different than the last two.
As most of you know, I spent the last two seasons covering the team for the Washington Times, where spring training coverage was dictated in part by the confines of print space. That's not the case anymore; I'm solely in the world of online news now, and as such, I've got a chance to tear up the old rules.
I've got a few things I definitely want to do during the six-week tour of the Grapefruit League. I'm still planning to make this a place for the kind of longer-form journalism you read in newspapers, with player profiles, analysis and stories examining larger trends. I'm also planning to increase connectivity with you, the readers, in ways I just wasn't able to do with the confines of daily newspaper work. Some of you followed my in-game analysis/impromptu chats during the regular season last year; I'm planning to continue that this spring with interactive in-game content each day. We'll also have a handful of live chats, audio and video content, and the like. I'll be spending plenty of time on Twitter. And of course, I'll work as hard as I can to bring as much breaking news as possible to the site.
Those are the things I want to do. But there's plenty of space -- and time -- for other things.
That's where you come in. What kinds of things would you like to see from MASN's Nationals coverage this spring? Leave your ideas in the comments section. Maybe one of them will turn into a regular feature on the site. Maybe a few of them will help improve things we're already doing. But whatever it is, I'd love to hear from you. This is your site, and one of the things that's most rewarding about this job is that I get to put your ideas into practice. There's not much lead time around here between ideas and implementation, so fire away.