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Bryan on Scouting gets new look and a forum feature

Easier navigation, a better mobile viewing experience and a forum feature that lets you connect with other Scouters to ask questions and share ideas. Bryan on Scouting has been redesigned to serve you better.

Today, thanks to the efforts of Online Editor Bryan Wursten (two Bryans are always better than one), we launch a revamped Bryan on Scouting.

We’re still on WordPress, but now I have more powerful blogging tools to make sure you can find the stories that interest you.

Those of you who read Bryan on Scouting on your smartphones will notice an improved experience there, as well. The newest post appears at the top of your screen now, and short excerpts with each post let you decide whether to click and read more.

But I’m most excited about the forums. It’s something I’ve wanted for a while, and it means you can ask questions and share stories with fellow Scouters.

Want help with a Cub Scout outing you’re planning? Post your question in the Cub Scout forum. Need advice for a problem in your Boy Scout troop? The Boy Scout forum is waiting. There’s also one for Venturing and one for General Scouting topics. I may add other forums categories later, but let’s start with those four.

Anyone with a valid email address can post in the forums, which I’ll moderate to make sure everyone remains friendly, courteous and kind.

You’ll notice tweaks to the redesign over the coming weeks as we work out any bugs. If you see any problems, leave a comment below or send me an email

History of Scouting magazine’s blogs

My blogging journey began back on March 16, 2009, when I launched Cracker Barrel, a name drawn from those late-night gatherings where Scouters share ideas.

I had 27 hits that first day, and I’ll bet 25 were right here in the building.

Roughly two years later, on Jan. 21, 2011, the former Cracker Barrel blog became Bryan on Scouting, and by then we were up to 1,000 pageviews a day.

Today, that number is 10,000. I’m thankful for new readers and those who have been following this journey since 2009.

I’ll continue to work every day to keep you informed and inspired.

The same thing I said when Bryan on Scouting launched back in 2011 still holds true today: We’ve only just begun.

27 Comments on Bryan on Scouting gets new look and a forum feature

  1. Nice additions, Bryan and Bryan!

  2. Ron Blaisdell // June 19, 2014 at 11:04 am // Reply

    Congrats on the new digs and layout! As always, an excellent resource for scouters!

  3. Nelson Block // June 19, 2014 at 11:08 am // Reply

    You’re blogs are informative and have helped me answer advancement questions for my Scouts. Best of luck with the new format.

  4. The forums should add value to the site. However, I do not like the banner ad at the top of the page. On an official BSA site, I do not think the top of the page should advertise someone else. On the side I understand, but not at the top. Personal preference.

    • For me (it may be different for you) the ad is for the Scouting for Adventure DVDs, which I’m pretty sure isn’t someone else…

      • My ad was for Class B so they must rotate.

  5. Awesome! Love the blog, I’m a daily reader…I’m not sure about pre-moderating all posts to the forums, which is what it seems to be currently set to.

    • Bryan Wendell // June 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm // Reply

      I’ve changed those settings a little so they’re more lenient (and therefore more conducive to conversation). This is still a work in progress, so I do welcome the feedback.

      • Feedback is a gift …. I hear.

  6. It looks nicer but we’ll see…

  7. Connie Knie // June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am // Reply

    My hubby will be thrilled that I have yet ANOTHER forum to belong to and make him crazy with what I read sometimes. As a group owner myself you may find that having everyone on moderation could quickly become very time consuming……..like Mike says, time will tell

  8. Your blog has been the best communication tool the BSA ever created. Content is relevant, interesting, forthcoming, practical — and most of all timely. Keep it up!

    • Bryan Wendell // June 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm // Reply

      Wow, thanks!

    • I see the thumbs up/down is gone or I’d give this post a bunch of thumbs up. (Well, the limit was 1, but I’d try anyway.)

      • I miss the ‘thumbs up/down’ too. The only drawback I had with the forums was when one reads it via their smartphone there is LOADS of scrolling especially when one posts a long answer. The forum shows the name on one side and the answer on the other half. So the name half is blank continuously as one scrolls. Would be nice to put the name at the top and use color background for each reply with the reply on a full screen (deleting the blank name half.)

        As for change, I like the old look (I’m slow to changes) yet LOVE some of your new features.like forums. I stay away from Scouting magazine because I didn’t like their busy look unless I really need to read an article. I came instead to your blog because of the ‘personal’ feel and simplicity. Be careful in all the changes you don’t take away from the personal feel as I think its what draws many of us along with the LOADS of information you post about.

        THANKS for all you do Bryan (and Bryan)!!

    • Mom of two scouts // June 21, 2014 at 3:18 am // Reply

      I couldn’t agree more! I love this blog, Bryan! Keep up the great work! You’ve answered so many questions I’ve had about so many things. I have a 16 year old Life Scout, about to become Eagle, and a 9 year old Webelos. You always seem to know what the questions are and give information I can use. I also love the information you give about upcoming events (that I would not otherwise have any knowledge of, like the 2015 upcoming World Jamboree in Japan, or the fact that the 100th NOAC is scheduled for the same time). It is a year away, and we must already plan for this, but without your blog, I wouldn’t have known any of this, so thank you! Also, I appreciate the commenteers, who also enlighten me.

  9. the way scouting is done must change. Military recruiters will not like that.

  10. Nate Kidwell // June 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm // Reply

    Looks great. Glad to see that the most recent posts show up on the top of the page now, that is a big improvement. Excited to check out the forums.

  11. Yesterday's Scout // June 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    I don’t know if I like the new look. Time will tell.

  12. Am I missing something? In the past I could easily “reblog” a story onto our private troop WP blog. Now when I select the “click to Press this” button it just opens the article in a new window. Any ideas how to reblog your wonderful articles easily? Thanks

    • Bryan Wendell // June 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm // Reply

      Let me look into this. Thanks.

      • Any info about reblogging to another WP blog?

  13. Not a fan of full line headers and slash delimiters. It is just plain classier (and simply courteous) to have “Joe Blogger replied on”.
    I’m gonna miss thumbs up/down buttons. It’s really important to know if what you’re saying resonates with other scouts and scouters.

    • I’m for the thumbs up, but not the thumbs down. Unless someone replied, there’s no way to know what a thumbs down meant: disagreement? poor spelling? factual error? just didn’t like the poster? Thumbs down can be gauged by the few or many thumbs ups.

      And the double slashes do seem weird. Seems like a throwback to some programming language.

      • Bryan Wendell // June 23, 2014 at 7:58 am // Reply

        I’m looking into the Thumbs Up/Down options with this new WordPress theme. It’s still a work in progress, so I do appreciate the feedback!

  14. What happened to the feature which allowed us to “like” the article? I missed that because in part it told me who is out there reading and enjoying the article’s content. Still getting use to the new format, but it looks nice…

    Oh…and how come every time I post something, I get a message asking me to confirm that I do want to receive updates? I did that the first time, and this morning I received a similar note asking me to confirm my WordPress subscription. Glitch? *smiling*

  15. Connie Knie // July 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm // Reply

    Am I missing something or when replies are made do they no longer show who you are replying to? I tried responding to another response and all it would say was I was responding to an anonymous person…….so not really sure I was responding to the person who was addressing something I had written………..

    PS……Good to see you at camp Brian……

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