I can now attest to the fact that John Cole is a secret optimist, because I told John that we can expect the new site to be back up by 6pm, hopefully sooner. John turned that into “early afternoon”!!! I suppose early afternoon is possible, but it is highly unlikely.
As John mentioned, the transition to the new site will start somewhere around 6 am tomorrow. It may not start right on the dot at 6, and you are welcome to stay on Balloon Juice until the moment the old site is taken down. Who will be the last person to comment on the last thread on the current site?
So what can you expect for tomorrow? When you see a message come up on balloon-juice.com instead of the website, that’s how you will know that the process has started.
It takes awhile to count each of the 5.5 million comments as we move them to the new site. Okay, we’re not actually counting them, but you knew that. It still takes a long time to move everything over!
We are unlikely to have anything to report until at least 10 am, but John will provide updates on his twitter account whenever there is something to say. Anyone can view John’s twitter account at this link: https://twitter.com/johngcole
John has quite graciously decided to LET THE NEW SITE RUN AD-FREE FOR ONE WEEK as everyone gets acquainted with the new site. After one week, ads will be added, and you can all judge for yourselves whether the new ads are well behaved and unobtrusive enough that you can live with them or decide that you are going to use an ad blocker.
If you’re happy with the new site, or you just want to show your appreciation for a week of ad-free Balloon Juice, and you are in a position to throw something in the coffers, I’m sure John would greatly appreciate that.
John believes that it’s the people who read the individual threads and the comments who are most likely to want to support Balloon Juice, so look for the Support Our Site links on individual posts rather than on the front page. John wanted the front page to be warm and welcoming and not say “hey, give us money!”
Thanks again to all the testers who took the time to go through the forms and test the site and share their feedback.
Tomorrow should be an interesting day for any number of reasons!
*All times are Eastern.