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A few general site announcements

It's a pretty slow Thursday in Buffalo Bills country, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to pick the collective brains of the outstanding community here at Buffalo Rumblings.

We've got some events and developments coming up at Rumblings that I'd like to share with y'all this afternoon, and we'll be asking for help, if you're in a giving mood, and ideas, if you're the creative type. If you have any questions about any of this stuff, you can, of course, ask in the comments section, but if you're the shy type, shoot me an email.

T-shirt ideas. We're on the verge of setting up an online store in which you can spend (small amounts of) money on Rumblings-themed merchandise. The problem, however, is the lack of creativity on the merchandise front; I'm one of the least creative people on the planet. Keeping in mind that team logos, names and player names and likenesses are off limits, have at it, folks; your design could be worn on a dozen tees in Western New York.

Site logo. Similarly, a few of you mentioned recently that you'd grown weary of our goofy red bison logo up in the top left corner. If that belief is widespread, we'll take submissions or ideas to replace the little guy. If sentimental value keeps him around, I think it's time our little guy had a name. No, he can't be named Billy.

New features. Most of our new features are related to the NFL Draft; work is coming along slowly, but in the weeks leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, we'll have a bunch of series to run for your discussion pleasure. The SB Nation Mock Draft will begin shortly; we'll get more to you about that soon. The scouting staff is busy putting together a Top 100 big board and a Bills Big Board, and we'll start working on write-ups on specific prospects as well. Lots coming, and if there's something you'd like to see draft-related, now's the time to ask.

We'd also like to unveil a mailbag feature. If you have any questions that you'd like to ask anyone on Rumblings' editorial staff, email me directly, we'll forward it on, and we'll feature the question in a weekly (or bi-weekly) mailbag feature.

Lastly, we're not sure precisely when this feature will be rolled out, but it definitely will be at some point: a Buffalo Rumblings podcast. It'll likely be a weekly event, with special episodes on big-news days, and we're working on putting together talented speakers to amp everything up around your meek, pipsqueak leader. If any of you'd like to assist on the technical side, that'd be cool. And any good podcast needs a kick-ass logo, so ideas are welcome there, too.

Writers. We're always on the lookout for talented writers. Matt does a great job with the daily links and his frequent features, and we're getting some good stuff from the rest of our staff regarding their specialties. If there's something you've been dying to see covered, one option is, of course, to talk to us about covering it. But if you fancy yourself a writer, feel free to do it yourself, and when you do, let me know and we'll discuss getting it more exposure. As mentioned, we're always looking for more writers, so if you think you can contribute, start right away!

Your ideas. As mentioned, we're here to serve the Rumblings community. If there's anything you'd like to see implemented at Rumblings - anything at all - we can at least discuss it right here, right now.

Have fun with this, folks. I like to think Rumblings is an OK spot to hang out on occasion, but methinks it can be even cooler.