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    sethmoko got a reaction from glunn in Article: Twins Daily's Long-Term Future And Writers   
    Let me say up front - I haven't read all the comments on this piece to know how much I'm duplicating but you asked so here you go...
     
    I haven't written for Twins Daily but it's long been in the back of my mind as a "that would be fun" project. Here are my thoughts.
     
    1. On money: I wouldn't be doing this for the money. You can't afford to pay (and likely never will be able to afford to pay) enough to make most people do this for the money. BUT, paying is still important as a symbolic gesture - "your work matters to us and if we make money off it you should too." I will say I didn't know about the payment structure you outline above. I like that structure.
     
    2. Feedback matters. An editorial team or someone to provide critique. Critique how I write - let me know what makes sense and what doesn't. I might not like what you have to say but, in-so-far as I want to get better as a writer, I need/want to hear critique.
     
    3. Collaboration teams. I am more likely to write for sites or other things when I know someone is counting on me. Pushes the writing project up on my to-do list and off my silly brain. So put together teams and schedules. I LOVE the idea of series' previews and recaps in season. So put together a team of series' recap/preview writers and assign them out in advance. So I know I need to preview the upcoming Angels' series in 2 weeks and I have a deadline. THEN I also have my "team lead" to nudge and provide feedback. A lot of this could be structured on a voluntary basis. AND provides a bit of a hierarchy or promoting the work of people who are dependable and do good work. A few ideas I have for groups/regular features like this: series previews/recaps, prospect news, minor league affiliate team news (somewhat different from prospect news), "Where are they now?" - former Twins around MLB, history, stathead features, transaction rumors/analysis.
     
    4. Provide (and I'm confessing ignorance here if something like this already exists) a FAQ or easy to follow guide to getting started as a writer. "If you want to write about X, here's how you go about it." And then lay out the process of promotion as you did in this post, or if you change it based on this feedback loop.
     
    5. Strikes me that it will really take a lot of active curating. The BIG 4 (or however many there are) need to promote/comment on writing they like and writers they want to encourage. And then promote some of those people structurally into regular features. I know you have a model for that, but I guess I'm saying active engagement is key. AND it's hard work. And it could have more structure.
     
    Those are my 4 cents.
     
    But thanks mostly for caring about this issue. This post in and of itself will inspire me to finally write something.
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    sethmoko got a reaction from Kevin in Article: Twins Daily's Long-Term Future And Writers   
    Let me say up front - I haven't read all the comments on this piece to know how much I'm duplicating but you asked so here you go...
     
    I haven't written for Twins Daily but it's long been in the back of my mind as a "that would be fun" project. Here are my thoughts.
     
    1. On money: I wouldn't be doing this for the money. You can't afford to pay (and likely never will be able to afford to pay) enough to make most people do this for the money. BUT, paying is still important as a symbolic gesture - "your work matters to us and if we make money off it you should too." I will say I didn't know about the payment structure you outline above. I like that structure.
     
    2. Feedback matters. An editorial team or someone to provide critique. Critique how I write - let me know what makes sense and what doesn't. I might not like what you have to say but, in-so-far as I want to get better as a writer, I need/want to hear critique.
     
    3. Collaboration teams. I am more likely to write for sites or other things when I know someone is counting on me. Pushes the writing project up on my to-do list and off my silly brain. So put together teams and schedules. I LOVE the idea of series' previews and recaps in season. So put together a team of series' recap/preview writers and assign them out in advance. So I know I need to preview the upcoming Angels' series in 2 weeks and I have a deadline. THEN I also have my "team lead" to nudge and provide feedback. A lot of this could be structured on a voluntary basis. AND provides a bit of a hierarchy or promoting the work of people who are dependable and do good work. A few ideas I have for groups/regular features like this: series previews/recaps, prospect news, minor league affiliate team news (somewhat different from prospect news), "Where are they now?" - former Twins around MLB, history, stathead features, transaction rumors/analysis.
     
    4. Provide (and I'm confessing ignorance here if something like this already exists) a FAQ or easy to follow guide to getting started as a writer. "If you want to write about X, here's how you go about it." And then lay out the process of promotion as you did in this post, or if you change it based on this feedback loop.
     
    5. Strikes me that it will really take a lot of active curating. The BIG 4 (or however many there are) need to promote/comment on writing they like and writers they want to encourage. And then promote some of those people structurally into regular features. I know you have a model for that, but I guess I'm saying active engagement is key. AND it's hard work. And it could have more structure.
     
    Those are my 4 cents.
     
    But thanks mostly for caring about this issue. This post in and of itself will inspire me to finally write something.
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    sethmoko got a reaction from h2oface in Article: Twins Daily's Long-Term Future And Writers   
    Let me say up front - I haven't read all the comments on this piece to know how much I'm duplicating but you asked so here you go...
     
    I haven't written for Twins Daily but it's long been in the back of my mind as a "that would be fun" project. Here are my thoughts.
     
    1. On money: I wouldn't be doing this for the money. You can't afford to pay (and likely never will be able to afford to pay) enough to make most people do this for the money. BUT, paying is still important as a symbolic gesture - "your work matters to us and if we make money off it you should too." I will say I didn't know about the payment structure you outline above. I like that structure.
     
    2. Feedback matters. An editorial team or someone to provide critique. Critique how I write - let me know what makes sense and what doesn't. I might not like what you have to say but, in-so-far as I want to get better as a writer, I need/want to hear critique.
     
    3. Collaboration teams. I am more likely to write for sites or other things when I know someone is counting on me. Pushes the writing project up on my to-do list and off my silly brain. So put together teams and schedules. I LOVE the idea of series' previews and recaps in season. So put together a team of series' recap/preview writers and assign them out in advance. So I know I need to preview the upcoming Angels' series in 2 weeks and I have a deadline. THEN I also have my "team lead" to nudge and provide feedback. A lot of this could be structured on a voluntary basis. AND provides a bit of a hierarchy or promoting the work of people who are dependable and do good work. A few ideas I have for groups/regular features like this: series previews/recaps, prospect news, minor league affiliate team news (somewhat different from prospect news), "Where are they now?" - former Twins around MLB, history, stathead features, transaction rumors/analysis.
     
    4. Provide (and I'm confessing ignorance here if something like this already exists) a FAQ or easy to follow guide to getting started as a writer. "If you want to write about X, here's how you go about it." And then lay out the process of promotion as you did in this post, or if you change it based on this feedback loop.
     
    5. Strikes me that it will really take a lot of active curating. The BIG 4 (or however many there are) need to promote/comment on writing they like and writers they want to encourage. And then promote some of those people structurally into regular features. I know you have a model for that, but I guess I'm saying active engagement is key. AND it's hard work. And it could have more structure.
     
    Those are my 4 cents.
     
    But thanks mostly for caring about this issue. This post in and of itself will inspire me to finally write something.
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    sethmoko got a reaction from Squirrel in Article: Twins Daily's Long-Term Future And Writers   
    Let me say up front - I haven't read all the comments on this piece to know how much I'm duplicating but you asked so here you go...
     
    I haven't written for Twins Daily but it's long been in the back of my mind as a "that would be fun" project. Here are my thoughts.
     
    1. On money: I wouldn't be doing this for the money. You can't afford to pay (and likely never will be able to afford to pay) enough to make most people do this for the money. BUT, paying is still important as a symbolic gesture - "your work matters to us and if we make money off it you should too." I will say I didn't know about the payment structure you outline above. I like that structure.
     
    2. Feedback matters. An editorial team or someone to provide critique. Critique how I write - let me know what makes sense and what doesn't. I might not like what you have to say but, in-so-far as I want to get better as a writer, I need/want to hear critique.
     
    3. Collaboration teams. I am more likely to write for sites or other things when I know someone is counting on me. Pushes the writing project up on my to-do list and off my silly brain. So put together teams and schedules. I LOVE the idea of series' previews and recaps in season. So put together a team of series' recap/preview writers and assign them out in advance. So I know I need to preview the upcoming Angels' series in 2 weeks and I have a deadline. THEN I also have my "team lead" to nudge and provide feedback. A lot of this could be structured on a voluntary basis. AND provides a bit of a hierarchy or promoting the work of people who are dependable and do good work. A few ideas I have for groups/regular features like this: series previews/recaps, prospect news, minor league affiliate team news (somewhat different from prospect news), "Where are they now?" - former Twins around MLB, history, stathead features, transaction rumors/analysis.
     
    4. Provide (and I'm confessing ignorance here if something like this already exists) a FAQ or easy to follow guide to getting started as a writer. "If you want to write about X, here's how you go about it." And then lay out the process of promotion as you did in this post, or if you change it based on this feedback loop.
     
    5. Strikes me that it will really take a lot of active curating. The BIG 4 (or however many there are) need to promote/comment on writing they like and writers they want to encourage. And then promote some of those people structurally into regular features. I know you have a model for that, but I guess I'm saying active engagement is key. AND it's hard work. And it could have more structure.
     
    Those are my 4 cents.
     
    But thanks mostly for caring about this issue. This post in and of itself will inspire me to finally write something.
  5. Like
    sethmoko got a reaction from nicksaviking in Article: Twins Daily's Long-Term Future And Writers   
    Let me say up front - I haven't read all the comments on this piece to know how much I'm duplicating but you asked so here you go...
     
    I haven't written for Twins Daily but it's long been in the back of my mind as a "that would be fun" project. Here are my thoughts.
     
    1. On money: I wouldn't be doing this for the money. You can't afford to pay (and likely never will be able to afford to pay) enough to make most people do this for the money. BUT, paying is still important as a symbolic gesture - "your work matters to us and if we make money off it you should too." I will say I didn't know about the payment structure you outline above. I like that structure.
     
    2. Feedback matters. An editorial team or someone to provide critique. Critique how I write - let me know what makes sense and what doesn't. I might not like what you have to say but, in-so-far as I want to get better as a writer, I need/want to hear critique.
     
    3. Collaboration teams. I am more likely to write for sites or other things when I know someone is counting on me. Pushes the writing project up on my to-do list and off my silly brain. So put together teams and schedules. I LOVE the idea of series' previews and recaps in season. So put together a team of series' recap/preview writers and assign them out in advance. So I know I need to preview the upcoming Angels' series in 2 weeks and I have a deadline. THEN I also have my "team lead" to nudge and provide feedback. A lot of this could be structured on a voluntary basis. AND provides a bit of a hierarchy or promoting the work of people who are dependable and do good work. A few ideas I have for groups/regular features like this: series previews/recaps, prospect news, minor league affiliate team news (somewhat different from prospect news), "Where are they now?" - former Twins around MLB, history, stathead features, transaction rumors/analysis.
     
    4. Provide (and I'm confessing ignorance here if something like this already exists) a FAQ or easy to follow guide to getting started as a writer. "If you want to write about X, here's how you go about it." And then lay out the process of promotion as you did in this post, or if you change it based on this feedback loop.
     
    5. Strikes me that it will really take a lot of active curating. The BIG 4 (or however many there are) need to promote/comment on writing they like and writers they want to encourage. And then promote some of those people structurally into regular features. I know you have a model for that, but I guess I'm saying active engagement is key. AND it's hard work. And it could have more structure.
     
    Those are my 4 cents.
     
    But thanks mostly for caring about this issue. This post in and of itself will inspire me to finally write something.
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