I too kind of miss the reader mail and odds ‘n ends that got thrown in with it. Even though all the ingredients still exist, there was something about it that doesnt’ seem to get replicated in the forum format. But I’m not sure how it could come back in any way that recaptured what it was.
I’ve recently been adding all my bookmarks onto the del.icio.us website. This is great for website exposure. Yesterday I only found two other users who have “T-nation” listed in their favorites.
The only thing I wonder about this site is impression first time users will get. I’ve been an avid Testosterone reader since the beginning, so I’ve long since lost my perspective. I certainly think the evolution in site design and format has been absolutely great.
But the first few screenfuls of T-nation appear to be advertisements. Then the rest is forum headers. This summer I couldn’t even find where the “articles” section had gone.
I’ve tried to walk some people through the site for the first time. It doesn’t seem too intuitive for the average, newbie, hook-me-with-some-articles person. My fear is that it may seem like a rather insular group of in-house posters.
These are just some musings. I love T-nation. I’m sure the staff has done the requisite testing and marketing - I am armchair quarterbacking here.
But I am also a T-nation evangelist and I am always trying to get people over here to educate themselves and upgrade their suppliments.
Some of the improvements like making the hot 'n lusty pictures optional helps me promote the site. But moving them to a secondary page altogether would be an improvement. I think the site design and content is more than compelling enough to draw and maintain the attention of anyone more than slightly interested in “fitness” related issues. I think even the one picture detours many intelligent readers.
Did I mention I love T-mag? Even if it stays the way it is forever. Just my thoughts.