It was about one year ago that John, Nick, Parker and myself started a string of communication around consolidating our sites to create a singular place for our Twins information. It took a lot of time and thought because it isn't as simple as it sounds, especially if you want it to meet certain expectations and goals. There were lots of drawings, and back-of-the-napkin designing by non-design folks. There were House Hunters Wants and Needs lists created to determine what we wanted from the site and the was absolutely necessary.
The one absolute necessity in development was to create the forums. As TwinsCentric, one of the top goals was always to build a community of Twins fans and bloggers. We wanted to create a place where people could not only discuss our blog articles, but contribute their own topics into the forum. There is so much Twins news and content and discussion that we can't keep up with it all. If you see a good Twins article you want to link to, or you have had an ongoing debate with your buddy about a certain Twins topic, feel free to post them and let others weigh in. Not everyone is going to agree with your opinions, or my opinions, but we really want a place where we can all at least respect each others opinions and intelligently debate. For the most part, I think we have that here.
Yes, the phrase "anyone can start a blog" stands true here at Twins Daily. And, in the psat year, several people have really stepped up and written some well-written, thought-provoking blogs, some of which were promoted to the front page. We definitely encourage others to not only read the Blogs but consider writing your own as well.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving today with turkey and hopefully lots of family and friends, I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of the Twins Daily community/family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you, Twins Daily community. We believe that you have helped us, in less than a year, become the premier destination for Twins articles, news and discussion. We hope we've earned that. Twins Daily readers and contributors deserve a ton of our thanks and gratitude today (and every day).
You come to our site for the articles, but you stay for the conversation.
In thanking you today though, I also want to present a couple of challenges to you today.
If you enjoy what you read at Twins Daily, tell your Twins fan friends about this site. E-mail them the link. Hey, take a minute or two to update your facebook status to include the link to Twins Daily.
Secondly, if you've been coming here for awhile, but have not participated in the Forums yet, make an effort over the weekend to post a new topic, something that's on your mind, something you think you'd like to have debated. I think you'll see how easy it is, but I also think you'll see how much fun the community aspect of this site can be. And, if you're more brave and ready, spend a little more time and start your Twins Daily blog.
I think, with the Winter Meetings coming quickly and rumors all over the place, Twins Daily is the place to go for Twins fans wanting to join in on the conversation.
Finally, I want to encourage you to let us know what you like or don't like about Twins Daily. Do you have any ideas that you think we should explore, anything that you think will help us be better? That's important information. We need that. We want that. If you don't want to post it here, please feel free to send me a Personal Message here, or e-mail me at ([email protected]
Once again, it's fun to think about what Twins Daily has become since we launched the day that Twins pitchers and catchers reported in mid-February. Consider where it has come from a year ago when it was just some guys' random drawings on napkins. For me, it gets me excited to think about where we can get to by spring training, or one year from now, or five years from now. We do know that we are very thankful to have added Brock to the Twins Daily mold because he will help us get there.
I don't know where it will go... I do know that the Twins Daily family/community will be a big part of getting us there. So again, Happy Thanksgiving, and a very heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of you!!