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Welcome Back

Hi, my name is Joe Posnanski. I’m a writer. I do a lot of my writing for NBC Sports. I also write books. I’m writing a book about Houdini now and how he inspires today’s world. Anyway, when writing those stories or books, the words are, more or less, spelled correctly and the stories themselves tend to make sense because NBC and my publishing house have great editors … and standards  … and stuff.

This, meanwhile, is our toybox. The words here are often speled wrong and sometimes sometimes they repeat for no apparent reason. Here we get lost in the weeds. We dig deep into rabbit holes. Here we write way too much about Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame credentials and the Cleveland Browns’ incomparable talent for losing. Here we make a lot of mistakes, try a lot of things and constantly lose focus. Squirrel!

Here we might start a list featuring baseball’s top 100 players but only make it to 32 (so far!). Here we occasionally tease stories that never get written and unveil stories that seem to come out of pizza dreams. Here we write about infomercials like the Atomic Beam. Here we write pseudo poetry. Here we celebrate the wonder of Vin Scully … and Hamilton … and bad movies … and Pixifoods …  and Duane Kuiper … and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.

I keep saying “we” bedcause this blog is built around a community — a community of people who for some reason are civil in the comments and have brilliant insights into the world and seem to really love having our own little corner of the Internet to kick around ideas. They are the reason I’ve been doing this all these years. And yes, it’s true, sometimes, the stuff on here soars far beyond our little community. Sometimes, as improbable as it seems, this toybox of ours even wins a prestigious award or two. That’s nice.

But the joy of this place comes from the way everyone feeds off each other. “You know,” my Dad says sometimes, “some of the commenters are better writers than you are.”

Today, we’re relaunching Joe Blogs with a new look. The wonderful logo above was created by my brilliant friend Rick McKee. There has to be merch to go along with it, right? Sure. We’ll work on that. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the place. Everything is free including the typos.

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32 Responses to Welcome Back

  1. Rod Payne says:

    Very proud to be a part of this community.

  2. vtmike says:

    Love the icon, hate the font. I’m a guy in my 30s who works on computers all day long–not say, Murray Chass–and this is way too small and hard to read. And while I understand the need for “mobile-first design”, can the rest of us on laptops use the other two-thirds of horizontal space?

    • Joe Posnanski says:

      I believe the font can be zoomed through your browser … I was thinking about us older folk who can’t see.

      • invitro says:

        On my browser (Google Chrome), hitting Ctrl and the +/= key together increases the font size, and hitting it again increases it more. You can hit Ctrl and the -/_ key to decrease the font size.

  3. Mark Swiencki says:

    Yea!

  4. NevadaMark says:

    Looks like the archives have disappeared….

  5. shagster says:

    Believe there should be a fancy online launch party, like maybe a brand new entrant to top 100, a ‘fresh’ rant about the inequity of the HoF, or a random post about a nonsequitor (how bad music somehow becomes popular (Captain and Tenille’s ‘Muskrat Love’)). Oh the heck with it, let’s celebrate Joe’s new blog portal with a …

    https://youtu.be/AxhO5nlMyV0

    it’s important to note how well iOS 10 complements your new blog.

  6. For old time’s sake: circle me, Bert

  7. I love the vibe of this blog! And Harry Potter. And the KC Royals!

  8. BobDD says:

    Nice digs – and appropriate book project, since writing is your escape.

  9. Always glad to find another place to read JoePo.

  10. Carlos Barros says:

    It’s always a pleasure reading your blog post, Joe! Here you have a follower from Barranquilla, Colombia. Keep up the good work.

  11. Marshall says:

    Joe, I love your blog. Really, I love your writing wherever I find it, but most of my favorites are from the blog. Your Vin Scully piece a few days ago may be my favorite you’ve ever done. A close second is the post about receiving a bat from Duane Kuiper (which I can’t find anymore though I’ve tried several times). I really do appreciate the fantastic work you put in here.

  12. Rich says:

    The only thing I’m disappointed about here is that the bio still has you and the family living in Charlotte. We miss you here in KC, Joe!

  13. Dave says:

    Always loved the writing, will try to learn to love this theme change (I prefer things simpler).

    One honest criticism – the font. Not the size, but the font (typeface) itself. Any chance you could change it to something that is sans-serif? At this size, I find it much easier to read my own words in this comment textbox/textarea over the “heavy” serif-leadened font above….

    • Dave says:

      Replying to myself because I think I noticed a bug in the commenting.

      This sentence is separated from the first sentence by a blank line. I think I did this in my original comment but it’s too early in the morning for me to remember! I checked through the other comments and noticed no “paragraphing” either. If this comment shows as one solid paragraph, something is wrong.

      But if if shows are three distinct paragraphs, please disregard (and delete?).

  14. Dave says:

    Replying to myself because I think I noticed a bug in the commenting.

    This sentence is separated from the first sentence by a blank line. I think I did this in my original comment but it’s too early in the morning for me to remember! I checked through the other comments and noticed no “paragraphing” either. If this comment shows as one solid paragraph, something is wrong.

    But if if shows are three distinct paragraphs, please disregard (and delete?).

    • invitro says:

      The lack of paragraphs has been a feature for a long time. You can copy me and do something like this

      to make a nearly blank line

      so that you sort of have paragraphs.

      • Dave says:

        Three things:

        (1) Thanks for the tip, in vitro!

        (2) Also, thanks for tolerating a dumb double-post. (I rarely comment – here or elsewhere – and stupidly hit the back arrow.)

        (3) But most of all, I see a much more readable font/typeface. THANKS!

  15. Drew says:

    “The words here are often speled wrong and sometimes sometimes they repeat for no apparent reason.”

    While this is partly a joke, let this be a lesson to your grammar Nazis. The author himself wrote this. There is no editor. Leave now if you can’t take it. There are plenty of other comments sections in which you can mightily ride in on your highest horse to point out a misplaced letter.

    • Tim says:

      My favorite thing about all of the internet commenters who are so pleased with themselves for correcting grammar, as they describe it, is that most of the time they’re actually correcting orthographic errors, not grammatical ones.

    • Nick says:

      Not everyone points out a mistake to feel superior. Sometimes it disrupts the flow of the story or of the reader. Although not nearly perfect myself (I like to say that is why I married a teacher), I do often find them distracting.

  16. Ken Miner says:

    Man, I’m glad you’re back. Speling miztakes and al!

  17. Josh says:

    Lookin’ good Mr. Kotter!

  18. Jeff says:

    Looking good Billy Ray!

  19. Tadas Osmolskis says:

    I get notices whenever you post an article. When I load the main page, none of the 12 articles I was notified about appears on the page. I had to click on the link in the notice to get to the Bruce article I’d been eagerly awaiting. I haven’t yet clicked on the other notices (Fidrych, Ballasteros, Killebrew, etc. etc.), but I can’t find any of them from any menu on your site. When I get a self-congratulatory letter from my bank that starts “To serve you better”, I know that I will *not* be served better. Please have your people fix the site. Thanks for the writing, just make it possible to find.

    • IRAM01 says:

      I got the same notices. They are all older posts that you’d need to find through the archives. Probably sent out when changing over.

  20. DB says:

    Joe,
    Is there a way to bring back the number of comments with the headline? Before you could see how many comments there were and whether there were new ones without clicking on “read more,” etc. Not sure if it it is just a Firefox issue.
    Thanks

  21. IRAM01 says:

    Like the new look and really enjoy the good reads. Thanks, Joe. You’re doing a great job.

  22. joe serwatka says:

    From one KC resident to ex resident. Went to the restauraunt you used to frequent and had the the dish they named after you. “The Posnanski”. Awesome. Waitress said it was the most popular dish. Just like all of the columns you have given us.

  23. Matt Schlichting says:

    I like the redesign! Tossing a posterisk there in the logo is a nice touch.

  24. PS says:

    Congratulations on the new site. Excited to be part of the community. And FYI, I sent your piece from SportsWorld on Mike Trout and Tim Tebow to someone who couldn’t care less about baseball — and she loved it.

    That is PROOF of outstanding writing.

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