Special Braves Journal Announcement!

Just in time for the holidays, Braves Journal is kicking off 2 cool features that will help our community thrive for the foreseeable future! When I decided to take the reins from Rob, it wasn’t without a long 6 months of thought. What was I pondering over the course of that time? Well, my friends, it was quite simple: longevity.

For years, I’ve been frequenting this bar with the likes of many of you and there’s something about this blog that continues to make me want to key in b-r-a-v-e-s-j-o-u-r-n-a-l-.-c-o-m several times a day. I’m excited to post. Excited to comment. Excited to see responses to comments. Excited to read other’s pieces, other’s comments, and REALLY excited about planning and providing regular content for our community. However, even considering the above, I wasn’t going to take over the blog without a plan…here was my plan, in steps:

  • Consult with longstanding commenters/writers on Braves Journal about adding new writers.
  • Find writers outside the blog to help bridge the gap from other social media outlets.
  • Create a new look for the blog to modernize it enough to appeal to outsiders, but not hack off the regulars.
  • Create new logos for the site.
  • Create merchandise for the site.
  • Create a podcast for the site.
  • Assemble an All-Star cast of writers from inside and outside the blog to plan regular content and divvy up the writing.
  • Find a “Number 2” that has all the strengths that I do not have, including someone that has experience in web-design.
  • Lastly…to make the blog sustainable for the future.

I can, with confidence, say that all of the above bullets have been met, with the last being the exception. How do we make this place sustainable? I’ve got an answer.

Braves Journal Patreon!

If you’re not familiar with Patreon, Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid. It is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love.

Our Patreon account will remain public, which means everyone can see how much Braves Journal is making per month to provide content. It is my goal to pay our writers…and, of course, make a little change myself. It’s hard work to create a piece in the modern world of technology as it’s no longer about typing a story. It’s hours of work just to put out one piece and people have been doing it here on a regular basis for 20 some odd years. The pay…it still won’t be much, but it adds a little extra motivation to continue making Braves Journal a place to call home.

We will have a 3-tiered system that comes with commitments of $5, $10, and $20 a month with some really cool added benefits including a Braves Journal Patron game for the $10 and $20 patrons! Check it out in the link above! Think about it…if everyone that frequents here on a regular basis fell into tier 2 (or 3), that would be about $2-3000/month, which would go a LONG way in keeping this place going!


Our site now has its own merchandising site complete with 3 styles of shirts in 3 different colors, and options of short-sleeves and long-sleeves! This is just the launch as we will have pop-up shirts and sales throughout the year. I’ve had some samples printed for a test run and these shirts are great quality, laser-printed so it doesn’t feel front-heavy. They’re awesome!

If you’re not up for joining on Patreon at the moment, think about grabbing a shirt! I mean…what else are you going to get for Christmas? Another tie? Puh-lease.

Author: Ryan Cothran

Ryan is the site editor and manager of Braves Journal. Follow him on Twitter.

19 thoughts on “Special Braves Journal Announcement!”

  1. blazonsays:

    December 20, 2019 at 8:24 am Edit

    through so
    many profundities
    all in on the Yanks with jovial jocundities.

  2. Thank you Ryan. As you were posting that I was unknowingly adding a second post (#34) if you would please bring that forward also.

  3. blazonsays:

    December 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Old King Cole
    was a merry old soul
    and a very rich prole was he
    he seemed the type
    to laud by Skype
    where he flaunted his GED.

  4. I really don’t want to rain water on the Patreon parade, because I love it here and I appreciate all that is done here, but I’m not a fan of paying monthly for things like this. I’d be much more open if there were a once a year for $20 or even a one-time donation/contribution.

  5. @Dusty

    I’ll see what I can do as far as one time donations. Patreon might not be for everybody but is the easiest platform for transparency.

  6. @6 Whatever I can do to keep the best blog on the internet rolling along.

    Shouldn’t I get a bonus prize for that…lol

  7. @5 I do wish Patreon offered one-time or yearly options as well. But there is no contract or anything, so an easy way to do one-time is sign up then turn off the recurring payment. Can do that an unlimited amount of times/months/years. Not perfect, but possible.

    You can also get the same effect by buying a shirt or 3.

  8. Eddie Perez gave a good account of himself within the last hour on MLB being interviewed about his unsuccessful bid for the Met’s Manager’s job which eventually went to a fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Beltran.

    He did himself no harm, came across well. And now he has to go back to the drudgery of ESPN which of course he was obliged to speak well of. Such is life until you no longer have to worry about being careful.

  9. @8 This feud between MLB and MiLB is ridiculous. Manfred is getting crazy about trying to change the game. I have a bad feeling a strike will come when the next CBA is due.

    Ryan, these are great ideas! I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to buy the shirts!

  10. @ 12,

    Eddie Perez who played for the Braves? 99% sure he is from Venezuela, U. S. Citizen for 15 or more years.

    Did you mean Eduardo Perez?

  11. @15

    Guilty, m’Lud…I should have known better not to flaunt a lazy contraction with you around. Best wishes for the season to you and yours.

  12. Great job, Ryan. Good idea with the patreon membership. I hope most of us here will join in any capacity possible.
    Really appreciate what you have been doing.
    Go Braves Journal!

  13. Hard to believe Julio won’t ever pitch again as a Brave. Our continuum…always there, in the picture. That smile.

    Another loss to the awful American League, big bucks, no class.

    God speed.

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