State of the Hall: March 17, 2011

  • 03/17/2011 1:42 pm in

Hello, ladies and gentlemen of the ITH blogging republic. Much has transgressed since we last spoke. Let’s dive right in.

Another basketball season is in the books, the fourth we’ve covered since launching Inside the Hall. The on the court results were not ideal, but your passion and interest in the program and this community is growing stronger as the years move along.

Recruiting also picked up steam. The decisions of Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell to attend Indiana, both of which we covered in person. In fact, the day of the Zeller decision broke all of our previous traffic records. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue our coverage of the Indiana state tournament and then move right into AAU.

Our social media presence also continues to grow. The Inside the Hall Twitter following is now over 4,300 strong and over 1,250 of you “like” us on Facebook.

And last month, we finalized a new partnership agreement with Yardbarker and will continue working with our friends there for the foreseeable future.

On the technical side of things, the Zeller decision forced us to step back and look at our former hosting solution and make a significant upgrade. The result has been no downtime since late November and a much faster browsing experience.

We also enhanced the Disqus/commenting experience, adding a “plus” package to allow for real-time updating of comments. This is something we plan to take more advantage of in the future with some live commenting threads as an alternative to the Cover It Live chats.

If you have any ideas — including suggestions or concerns — please voice them in the comments or drop us an e-mail.

It’s been a busy time for us, but we’re more excited than ever about the future of this community and we hope you share those sentiments.

Over the next few weeks, we’re reaching out, as we’ve typically done twice per year, to ask for your support. We are not asking for a monthly donation and by no means should you feel obligated. If you are able to offer support, please be assured that your contribution will go directly towards supporting costs associated to maintaining the site (server, writer compensation, travel/gas costs.)

If you’re able to donate, please click the Make a Donation button in the top right corner next to the search bar. Thank you for all of your support.

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