Welcome To Our Future: A Peek At SB Nation United (And Alligator Army 3.0)

In the next month, the entirety of SB Nation will be undergoing a dramatic upgrade, to our platform and our editorial process. It is not a minor change in any way; it is going to be one of the best things we have done as a company. I have seen a lot of what is to come, and I am tremendously excited about the future of both this site and the SB Nation network. Details, exciting ones, are coming.

But this incredible new logo is the first bite of what's on the way at Alligator Army.

Pretty cool, right? And now, some words from SB Nation's founder, Tyler Blezinski:

This is a small, but important sample of what is coming when our network undergoes its most exciting and radical transformation in the eight-year history of the company. A new visual identity here and across the network is only one step we are taking to unite our network of sites. United through individuality is the underlying theme of this project. You’ll notice that our team colors and the unique spirit of our individual community is maintained while making it clear to sports fans that each site is a part of the larger SB Nation network. We want everyone to know that they can find the same type of great writing, video and conversation that we offer here on all of our 320-plus sites. You can browse through all the new logos on a special page we put together at sbnation.com/united.

Our commitment to passionately follow our sports will never end. It’s what makes SB Nation a special place and that will only be enhanced by these new changes. Welcome to our future.

And that's not all.

A little less than 18 months ago (time flies), I became the editor of Alligator Army, and called it a "new dawn" for the site. In the time since, Alligator Army has grown into the best (I'm biased) and one of the biggest (I'm not blind) communities for Florida Gators fans on the Internet, and established itself as a place where smart, funny talk about Florida rules the day every day of the year.

But in that time, we've had writers come and go — a lot of them. I'm happy to announce that we're finally getting FlaGators some coin for his efforts here as of this month, and sad to tell you that Lance Davis, our fantastic recruiting writer, is stepping down from that post to focus on those whole "graduating from college" and "getting a job" things.

I'm not going anywhere, but I can tell you that football is our busiest season, and that it's hard to keep up with everything I want to cover as, essentially, a two-man operation; armies derive strength from numbers, as does Gator Nation, and so should Alligator Army. So I want your help: Consider this an open call for contributors. Email me at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com or andrew.b.hutchins@gmail.com and tell me why you want to write about the Gators — or, better yet, post a FanShot telling us all why.

Special attention will be paid to people who want to and can do three things, specifically:

  • High-quality photography to be featured here on a daily basis
  • Keep up with the world of Florida athletics with daily link posts
  • Work weekends
  • As ever, I can promise any aspiring blogger that you will get exposure writing here that you just can't get at any other entry-level position: SB Nation's renowned for discovering and developing talents, and I want to help you start a great career the right way here. I can also promise you that if you do good work, you will be compensated for it. With money.

    So email me. Comment here telling me to email you. Write an awesome FanPost and let me know it's up. I want to hear your voices in our chorus.

    And, on another note: I know it's going to be crazy around here this weekend, and I know I'm not going to be around like I would on any other weekend as I fly to Austin and drive to College Station to see Florida's game against Texas A&M. But I've been promising a new Alligator Army commenting policy for months ... and it's coming Monday.

    I'm excited about all of these changes. I'm excited for what we're going to be able to do here. And I'm excited for the new "new dawn" of Alligator Army 3.0. But I have to know: What do you think about all these changes?

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