With just one week remaining until football season officially gets under way here in Austin, let me welcome some of the newcomers to this site by introducing you to Burnt Orange Nation. What is this site? Why does it exist? How does it work?
What is Burnt Orange Nation?
Burnt Orange Nation is a sports blog primarily dedicated to discussion of University of Texas athletics. While most of the discussion centers around the Texas Longhorns, and many readers arrive here looking for Texas athletics news and analysis, the discussion regularly goes well beyond UT sports to other collegiate teams.
Above all else, Burnt Orange Nation is a community, the success of which has been fundamentally tied into the amazing reader participation at the site. Along with being able to leave comments on stories that appear in this space on the main page, BON community members have the opportunity to discuss anything on their mind that isn't yet being discussed by creating a diary in the right column of this page.
The result of the heavy interaction among everyone involved with this site is unparalleled discussion, and the single best destination for Texas Longhorns news and notes. All the big news gets covered here on the main page, and anything that gets missed is almost always picked up by a reader in the diaries.
For Texas Longhorns football news and analysis, there isn't a better destination to get all you need for the 2006 season. Along with daily (morning and afternoon) links to stories around the web that discuss Texas, as well as regular deep analysis of the team, schedule, and conference, Texas football is covered as well as you're going to find anywhere. Best of all, it's all completely free.
What are diaries?
A diary is simply a story written by a site user that gets posted to the right column of the main page. How do you write one? Easy.
First, you'll need to register with the site. It takes (literally) about 10 seconds, and it's free. Any and all information you provide never leaves the site database. Your privacy is 100% guaranteed.
Once you've registered with the site, the menu in the upper right hand corner of the main page will contain a link that reads "Post New Diary." That's all it takes. There's no right or wrong way to write a diary. If you think it's interesting, and want to talk about it with the group at large, post away. That's what they're here for.
There's really only one rule: Please do not repost articles printed on other websites in their entirety onto Burnt Orange Nation. Please use a short snippet and link to the remainder of the article. Reposting an entire article published elsewhere is a violation of copyright protection. Please link to the original source.
How do I comment?
As with the diaries, you'll need to register with the site. Once you've registered and have your username, you can post diaries or comment - no need to register twice. Simply click on the "Comments" link at the bottom of each story, scroll to the end of the text, and chime in. Comments are encouraged and you should feel free to jump in at any time.
Burnt Orange Nation is a great Longhorn site not just because of what we write in the main column. Our readers, commenters, and diary writers make this site elite. The level of discussion here is frequently noted to be the best around. We've learned as much, or more, from the readers as they have from us. The site is not us talking to you. This site is everyone talking to each other. That is why Burnt Orange Nation is a great Longhorn site. Stick around a bit and we think you'll agree.
What is the Sports Blog Nation network that this site is a part of?
The SB Nation network of sports blogs is simply a loose affiliation of bloggers that cover various teams but sit under the same umbrella. What we all share in common is a dedication to building communities of sports fans - not just one-way discussion sites, or anarchistic message board madness.
As regular readers can readily attest, there are communities of passionate sports fans gathering at various SB Nation blogs, and we encourage you to take a look around some of the others.
While each site operates with the same dedication to building community, there is no unifying editorial voice - we all write what we want, in our own way, about what we think is important. The diversity of voices and opinions actually makes for a more robust and interesting harmony, and you'll frequently see us linking you to excellent stories being written at other excellent SB Nation blogs.
With the sea of amazing writers out there, of course, we're often encouraging you to read excellent articles found well outside this particular network, too. All told, Burnt Orange Nation community members are likely to be among the most knowledgeable sports fans around. You can't help it if you're reading all the wonderful information that gets discussed.
We hope you'll stick around and take the site in. Register an account and join the discussion. If you'd prefer to read anonymously, that's more than okay, too. We're glad you're here.
Thanks, and Hook 'Em Horns!