Changing Landscape at The Heartland

Some of you may have noticed that I have added some links and categories, as well as rearranged the order of a couple categories. The reason is that The Heartland, while still essentially a Yankees blog, will expand and also contain and discuss political issues and current events. For long-time baseball and Yankees fans, don’t worry–the Yankees will be front-and-center here at The Heartland. In fact, I have re-arranged a couple items to ensure that links for Yankees blogs, team sites, and beat writers that people read and enjoy are close to the top. Other, more overtly political websites, books, and periodicals appear near the bottom of the categories on the right. I consider them all to be excellent, highly informative, and at times entertaining, so check them out when you get the chance.

My plan is at some point during the day, either in the morning or at night, to provide a list of links to various stories that I find compelling, worth reading and following, and which may have a paragraph or three from me about them. This is a format that Bruce Jackson, professor of English and literature at SUNY-Buffalo, does well with his Buffalo Report. It should also ensure that those interested in reading about baseball can skip to what they enjoy or are interested in more, while the sections on politics may also draw interest from new and long-standing readings, hopefully. If not, that’s cool. I’ll still do it because it’s a side of me that I consider vital to who I am, and that discusses issues too vital in our day and age to ignore. I also have no interest in starting and maintaining a second blog. One is more than enough.

Additionally, and I think this goes without saying but is worth reiterating, people are free to disagree with me about politics as well as baseball. As long as we do so and are respectful about each other’s views, as people have unfailingly been here at The Heartland, I not only envision no problems but also expect this experiment to be a success–that what unites us will likely be our common identity as Yankees fans even if we have divergent perspectives on the world. Perhaps the opposite might be true–that we share similar views of the world and politics, but people might dislike the Yanks. That’s OK–again, as long as we continue to respect each other and what views we have. I want this to continue to be a space where people share who they are and, at the end of the day, can shake hands, have a cold one, and come back tomorrow.

Many thanks.

Published in: on August 4, 2008 at 10:03 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. great idea jason- i’ll be looking forward to any and all political stories you might recommend

  2. i agree with mike. great idea. though i don’t know a lot about politics and such, i’m willing to learn.

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